slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"sampled 2001 and 2008 vintage together 11/27/10. 01 pours dark, 08 is golden. both smell incredibly sweet, the former being in aroma and flavor like booz soaked raisinettes. the 08 smelled very good, but had a very odd off-putting component to the flavor. not too hot, like it needed age, but like something was in there that just didn’t fit. can’t quite put a finger on it, but the 01 was definitely better. don’t think i like this enough to bump it from 101 into the top 100, and at the price (almost a buck an ounce) there are better sippers, and better barleywines out there, though this was good. 01-8,8,9,9,8 (4.2) 08-8,8,8,5,7 (3.7) i’ll giver a 4."
danlo (1223) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Hazy dark brown amber colour, thin off-white foam head and aroma of molasses, toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, malty, with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and a nutty, earthy, boozy note. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry sweet nutty finish. Quite drinkable.
deanso (5465) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from my beer cellar shared with Kermis.
Thin white head. Murky amber pour. Complex aftertaste. very nice
kermis (5433) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours yeasty chunky big floater amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of port, molasses, honey, a light burnt aspect and sweet overripe dark fruits. Flavor is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
daniele (5482) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
08 thanks Alex
Bel ambrato lieviti in sospensione ossisata caramello marsala in bocca molto vegetale astringente ( ma come era all origine?)
deyholla (6719) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours smear clear deep amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and completely. Aroma has lots of caramel notes with a bit of light fruit and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has an interesting combination of pest, smoke and sweet grains with caramel backing.
BoBoChamp (5555) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28cl, Vintage 2008, English brew, from Voldby Købmandsgaard Hammel, complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly fruity, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew, yet expensive!
Minderbinder (1888) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with low beige head. Floaties. Aroma is of caramel, sugar, fruits, berries, alcohol, molasses. Taste is of caramel, metal, roasted malt (slightly burnt), porto, fruits, berries, sugar, alcohol, madeira. Palate: Full bodied. Good balance. Syrupy. Overall: Very good. A sipper. Slight cardboard.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Big thanks to Bruce for this J W Lees whale. Hazy deep amber beer with no real head. Toffee, maple syrup, nuts and light dried fruits. Touch of cinnamon and a whisper of mellow brandy. Light dry finish. Delicious.
Scopey (7076) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce! It pours deep amber with a small beige head. The nose is honeycomb, toffee, maple syrup, dried fruit, juicy, oily, spice and fruit cake. The taste is hot cross buns, honey, honeycomb, dried fruit, warming alcohol, wood, marshmallow, toffee and cinnamon. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Delicious, oily, dessert beer. The quintessential British barley wine.