JKaranka (35) - Cardiff, - MAR 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks terrible, sort of murky brown. Massive tainted white head, very hard to get rid of. Flavour is alcohol, malts, some roast, fairly bitter. Hard to get a grasp on this one. It’s not a warming, loving barley wine. It’s more a rough and ready alcohol bomb. Just read this has nelson sauvin on it, but I think the character of the hop doesn’t quite come through. The flavour it leaves on your mouth is a long lasting malty finish, with some wine like hints.
Benzai (6268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle [thanks to Rosenbergh] @ home. Nice red color, full sized lightly creamy beige to slightly lightly brown colored head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of malts with a touch of fruits and lightly hops. Taste malts, nicely bitter, a touch of fruits. Way more bitter than I expected though both the aroma and the flavor have got some sweetness in it as well. Medium body and carbonation. Nice, I like it. Not like the typical barley wine. Kind of a mix between a barley wine and an American strong ale if you ask me. Pretty enjoyable.
Toomio (94) - Joensuu, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mämmimäinen tuoksu. Paljon tummempi kuin oletin. Jännä kierre maussa. Ei ehkä suosikki, mutta keskihyvä kyllä.
Andy_ (476) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown hazy beer with a frothy blonde head. Aroma is berryish sweet, chocolaty, malty, citrusy and grassy. Taste is malty sweet with a licoricy, earthy and bitter finish with some soy sauce and vegetables (the Laitila house flavor!. Palate is thick with a higher than medium carbonation. Comes off watery at times. Not getting any Nelson Sauvin in this. Not really a great Barley Wine but decent for Laitila.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, thanks oh6gdx! Hazy ruby, minimal head. Deep caramelly nose with some lingonberry tartness. Mid sweet with full body and well rounded mouthfeel. Hay and lingonberry, some spun sugar. Deep caramelly malt character. Mid bitter finish. An harmonius, malty barley wine.
gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Alko Arkadia, october 2013.
Reddish/brown with a large head. Quite sweet with caramel, dried fruit, malt, some chocolate and yeast. Some warming alcohol in the finish. Quite tasty.
Giochaurand (21) - FINLAND - AUG 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Slightly chilled. Big tanned head. Looks pretty dark and opaque. Hoppy and burnt sugar. Somewhat alcoholic taste as well.
Moebbels (210) - FINLAND - JUL 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a very dark mahogany with some haze in it. The light beige head lasts well. Nose has caramel, alcohol, syrup and aniseed notes. Taste has a rich full sweetness to it with a light warm bitterness in the aftertaste. Palate is rich and creamy with high carbonation. The alcohol leaves a nice warm feeling.
mikkopen (770) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Dark reddish brown colour, thick tan head. Fruity aroma, with some malty and acidic notes. The flavour is malty, with berries, just a little caramel sweetness and a warm, bitter hoppy finish. Not bad.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
02.01.13. Bottle. Large beige foam with large bubbles. Very dark brown, clear beer. Aroma is yeasty, malty, sweet and nice overall. Tastes bitter, some alcohol, watery, dry. Mouthfeel foamy and dry, med. carbonation. Aftertaste bitter and warming, not pleasant. I did not really enjoy this one.