madmitch76 (16098) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10th December 2014
Tasting at Leighton’s Flat. Thanks to Mr Smith for this big ol’ beast. Hazy amber - gold beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is smooth and semi dry, decent fine carbonation, Comparatively light on it’s toes! Sweet and rich creamy malts, trace of toffee. Savoury mid with some aniseed alcohol. Dried fruits on the back end. Light and semi dry finish. Big, bold and boozy. Me like!
Scopey (7376) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy golden-amber with a small white head. The nose is sweet, bready, oily orange, apricot, peach, candy and panettone. The taste is rather sweet upfront, oily, bread, juicy orange, preserved apricot, peach, candy, earth and toasty sugar with a dry, sweet finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel.Wow pretty sweet indeed! Not overly drinkable, but an interesting sipper for sure.
mR_fr0g (3925) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s winter tasting 7/12/2014. Clear golden / reddy coloured pour with a small halo of white head. Aroma is nutty caramel malt little lemon. Flavour is composed of big caramel and toffee, smooth, Warming alcohol, but very smooth. Palate is full and smoioth. Very tasty barley wine. Many thanks to Leighton for this.
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at chriso’s pre-Christmas tasting. Pours clear gold with a foamy white head. The nose has a lot of bread and caramel, some ripe citrus, dough. Hugely sweet flavor with liquefied bread, berries, more caramel, some vanilla, honey, dough, melon. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with lots of gooey fruits, bread, more vanilla, dates, apricot. Quite rich and hearty. Very sweet. Not the most drinkable beer on the block.
cgarvieuk (15163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at chrisO... Soft sweet toffee fruit... Sweet fruits nose.. Juicy sweet fruits.. Oily hop... Soft floral fruit
hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours clear and amber with a dirty-orange slant and a brief, bubbly, white head. The aromatic highlights are dark fruits - dates and plums – honey, toasted nuts and liquor. Full-bodied and syrupy with tickling carbonation. The malty flavor supplies caramel, toffee, liquor and honey, followed by a boozy, mildly bitter, warming finish. Tasty… real tasty.
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased a 500 ml for a hefty price at Julio’s. Hazy amber copper color with small spotty head and lace. The aroma is vanilla, toasted oak, dried raisins and caramel. Decadent.
Flavor is a beautiful rendition of the aroma. The bourbon and booze has mellowed with the nine months in barrels plus the two months in my cellar. Don’t misunderstand, the booze is still here but really not bad for the 14%, love the warming down the belly after the sip. Very rich English Style Barely Wine as the base. This bottle was crazy pricey… but at least it is crazy good. I would not pop this fresh, booze maybe over-whelming. Let this sit a tad and it becomes delightful.
bytemesis (3495) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours crystal clear reddish orange, large creamy beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is toffee, caramel, bourbon, pine, vanilla. Flavor is fully sweet, light plus bitter, malty, lots of dark sugars, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla. Medium body, well masked ABV.
jimhilt (2428) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose and flavor is bourbon, very smooth sweet dark fruit, hints of the high ABV. Decent barleywine. Pricey at $14.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
Beerathon (1272) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! That’s a big beer. Looks and smells like and English style Barleywine. Big sweet malt bill with flavors of honey, dark fruits, woody, bourbon. Big frothy head, smooth, but with an alcohol burn. Get some raisins, bourbon, oak, and honey in the nose. Hard to believe this is a lager.