Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage. Pours a hazy orange color with very littl ehead. The aroma is a lot of sweet honey, dark fruits, and a little alcohol. The flavor has some honey and caramel characters to it that present a nice (not overpowering) sweetness and a subtle cherry undertone as well. At times there is a nice nutty character to this, guessing from the sherry casks. The sherry and alcohol flavors are present and the beer has a great, smooth, mouthfeel. Very good barleywine and gives the calvados a run for its money.
DCLawyer (1429) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle->snifter. Hazy dark copper with small lite tan head that quickly dissipates. A: bready malt, brown, sugar, sherry, oak. T: creamy sherry and caramel malt, dried fruit, candied sugar. Smooth texture. Almost too sweet, but really good overall.
glennmastrange (2255) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy nutty and cookie for the malt, heavy cooked orange for the hops, meaty broth and a hint of mustiness for the yeast, with notes of raisin, dates, toffee, brown sugar and sherry. There’s no head, but has good legs. Color is muddy brown. Flavor starts harshly sweet and finishes the same. Palate beyond full bodied, syrupy in texture and there was no carbonation. Looks like mud, tastes like English toffee. Nice complex Barley Wine.
knickskicks (725) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Burnt red in appearance, no head. Nose is sherry, burger king burger, ash, sweet malts. Taste is very sweet sherry, a touch of ash, nuts, candi sugar, odd off-putting root vegetable finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper.
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2010 shared tonight at the cookout.
Slightly hazy deep brown color with a minimal bubbly off white head. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with bits of fruity esters and a touch of earthy and sherry. The flavor is rich and sweet with caramel maltiness offset with some fruity vinous notes. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent beer, my first time having the sherry version. I think its either inferior to the regular harvest ale or in a weird aging stage that leaves a bit to be desired before its a stellar brew again. I’m hoping for the later and an opportunity to try this again with some more age.
RussianDragon (467) - - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz bottle is 2007 Vintage. Pours a clear still reddish copper with large amount of sediment. Aroma is booze, port, wood, slight oxidation. Flavor is bold and complex: sweet dark fruit, caramel, toffee, earthy smoked wood, tannins, and a sweet dry finish. Medium to full-bodied, a nice sipper.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2005 edition. Sweet and fruity, caramel, raisins.
allmyvinyl (3347) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle from Craig. Pours pale brown, no head. Aromas are nit surprisingly, sherry, boozy. Taste is rich sherry, boozy fruit. Very nice. Best of the ones tried.
BenH (2331) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of sherry, dried Fruits. Taste of dried fruit, raisins, prune, sherry. Sweet and bitter. Nice.
McNeillR (1221) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear, headless auburn. Vinious, wee bit rusty/oxidised. Lightest wood, floral and sweated apple. Sticky, light figs and maple. Similar but a bit more boozy on the finish. Again amazing soft cloying, lasting and a bit dry.
Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2005 bottle.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home watching the awesome Eddie Alvarez do his stuff. Dark amber brown with a medium to thick off white yellowed head. Aroma of light sherry, marzipan, treacle toffee, caramel, fruitcake. Flavour is sweet malts, sherry and wood, caramel. Palate is rich but not too much for a barley wine. Loving this. One of Manchester’s finest beers!