ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz bottle into a snifter. 2009 vintage.
A: Pours a rather murky dark brown color. Very little head is featured here, just a thin collar that’s white with big bubbles. Not to mention, further examination reveals some huge white-colored chunks of sediment. This is what we in the business call "ass-ugly".
S: Wow. This is hugely sweet - almost like a barleywine that’s been distilled even further. Huge dark fruit and caramel sweetness abounds, with plenty of underlying chocolate. I also detect some toffee and some mellow earthiness. Fascinatingly rich, if perhaps a touch too sweet.
T: Indeed, this is one sweet bitch. It opens with plenty of caramel maltiness and dark fruit esters. After the midpoint, the focus switches more to toffee, vanilla, tobacco, and chocolate. Alcohol is mildly prevalent on the back end, but takes on an excellent character, more similar to rum than vodka. After about 3 oz, it does transcend into the realm of "too sweet", with its strong toffee notes ultimately becoming the dominant flavor. There’s good depth and complexity to compensate somewhat.
M: The body does a decent job of keeping the sugary sweetness in check by slightly drying out on the finish, which has a side effect of intruding on the softness of the texture somewhat. Even with that, it’s a heavy, smack-your-lips sweet brew, with almost no carbonation.
O: Well, it’s everything a dessert barleywine should be - big, rich, complex, and decadent. However, even at 9.3 oz, this is best split between two people due to how cloying it is. Compare that to, say, Sucaba, which I can finish a 750ml bottle of with little trouble. Absolutely worth trying...just don’t drink it before dinner.
djd07 (5260) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. The aroma is honey, candy sugar malt. Thin mouth, sweet malt, light roast, candy sugar, boozy, very good.
czar (5339) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 vintage. pours clear bright golden orange with a reviving off-white cap, nice lacing. candied sugars, cherries, spicy oranges, dusty and creamy biscuits, tobacco, sweet peat, some ashes, resin, dirt. low carbonation, medium-full body - oily and syrupy; cloying and lightly smoky-spicy finish. again, an odd smokiness, but this time not coming from any barrels.. abv well hidden. still a pleasant sipper.
Gary (1532) - Piss-ant Valley, Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2015 2013 vintage. I wars drunk as a skunk when I drank this ..I do kinda recall this being subdued and surprisingly hot n boozy ..Damn sweet. Meh drunk or not ,this was a let down . I might re-pete.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: pours a dirty dish water brown. Very hazy. Off white head.
Smell: big booze. Port wine. Sherry. Malty sweet. Slight bitterness like English sled are.
Taste. Hot alcohol. Big sweetness. Toffee, caramel. Hints of port sweetness.
Feel: nice thickness. Super sweet. Medium low carbonation.
Overall: awesome beer. Love the overly sweet notes.
First drank: home 4/22/15
alliance100 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9.3oz bottle - 2012 vintage - to snifter - pours a deep blood orange with thin white head that disappears quickly . Aromas of leather , tobacco and hints of dried fruits . Taste is sweet , mild toffee notes with a fruity finish . Very good .
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connor0415 (47) - - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage, opened 2015. Pours a caramel brown with no head. Smells of brown sugar, honey, caramel, oak and vanilla. Tastes mostly of oak, some char and a lot of sweetness. No hop character at all, I get little bits of whiskey and a lot of vanilla in the finish. The consistency is very syrupy, almost no carbonation.
Great English barleywine, a bit oxidized but it is 5 years old
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: fruit vegetable.
Appearance: hazy orange, thin head.
Flavor: fruit, slight vegetable, spicy, bread.
Medium in body.
Finish: sweet, slight pine, metal.
Good not great
flatmatt (1230) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Autumn 2012, 275 mL bottle. Pours a murky amber with an off-white head. Doughy cereal and red apple aromas, a bit of honey. Flavor is fairly oxidized caramel malt, apple fruitiness, something of an alcohol presence. Interesting, but I think too much oxidation in this one.
SarkyNorthener (2797) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas beer 4. 2013 vintage Bottle from beersofeurope. Dark copper beer with small head. Aroma of treacle, alcohol and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malts, almonds, treacle and some alcohol. Very sweet and boozy. Very oily on the palate. Very good stuff.
GODiSSOUTHERN (389) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Classic barley wine. Lots of dark fruit like plums and raisin. Toffee and some oxidized sherry notes.