sfontain (845) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle shared; around 8 bucks at Kroger, Bridge St., Dublin. Pours a non-hazy dark orange-brown with a rather disappointing small white head with no lasting power. Aroma is lighter than expected, with sugar, raisin; barely some peat. Flavor is heavily malty, sugary, light toast, but shockingly astringent; unpleasant sharp, bitter bite. The alcohol is evident and hidden poorly, and instead of a friendly warmth it has a note of facial cleanser. Weak, too thin, slightly off-putting. Maybe something was wrong with my bottle, I donít know. This would probably improve with a couple years on the shelf. Terribly disappointing. Iíve said for years that Left Hand makes substandard beer, but I have been recently reassured that only their 6-pack beers are lacking; this particular beer reinforces my earlier opinion, which remains that Left Hand is largely not worth drinking.
LearninBeer (423) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle. The aroma is light fruity. Pours a brown/orange with a light brown head, slightly lasting with very good lacing. The taste is sweet then slightly bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation soft and the finish smooth. This beer at eight years old is very smooth, might have lost some of its bite but very good.
mR_fr0g (5777) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Thanks to Garrold. Hazed golden colourd pour with a lasting cream head. Aroma is nicer ounded sweet caramel, little berry drired fruits. Flavour is composed of aweet caramel and toffeee malts, bit harsh boozy finish.
mcberko (9568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 vintage. 750mL bottle, pours a cloudy, filthy dark orange amber with a small white head. Aroma brings out lots of dark fruits, oak, and oxidation. Flavour is quite cohesive, with dark dried fruits, caramel, and stone fruits. Really well-integrated. The oxidation isnít too prominent, especially for being 8 years old. Quite a nice one.
Westmeister (2095) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Oak comes through nicely, grape skins, dried dark fruit, spices, sticky caramel, vanilla, some booze.
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20th April 2015
Hazy deep amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is slightly viscous and semi dry with good fine minerally carbonation. Slightly bitter toffee in the smooth malts. Mild marmalade and then more bitterness. A bare whisper of vanilla oak. Mild caramel before a semi dry finish. Strangely un-engaging.
Leighton (14303) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at the Cotteridge Convention 2015. Thanks! Pours mostly clear amber with a foamy beige head. Sugary and bready, with notable alcohol, leafy hops, some woody dryness. Full bodied with average carbonation. Dry, bitter and wood on the finish with further leafy hops and dry caramel. OK.
jackafholmes (704) - - MAR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Bottle from Abbeydale Beer Stop, Sheffield. Pours a light rosy brown with a small off-white head and lots of suspended particles. Aroma is bready and woody resin, caramel and apricot. Taste is strongly alcoholic and bitter, alot more hops than Iím used to in barley wine. thick and oily with nice level of carbonation. I like this, thumbs up.
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 from my cellar.
Murky orange/amber with a thin white ring fora head.
Complex aroma of toffee, vanilla, dried golden raisins, toast with honey.
The flavor is not as sweet as the aroma hinted to. Not as full and complex. Lightly sweet and fruity with some hop bitterness that keeps it from being cloying. Perhaps beginning to thin out a bit.
Theydon_Bois (12860) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, thanks to Garrold, 24/01/15.
Orange amber with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is dark fruit peel, tarte fruit mash, bitter orange, spice.
Taste comprises more bitter fruit, caramel, dates, stewed fruit, spice, light wood notes, biscuit, slightly burnt brown sugar.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok barley wine but a little unrefined.
47574xeCD (660) - Godís Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Share at Cotteridge Convention 24/01/15
Poured a hazy copper colour, tiny off white head, Hints of Caramel, rum, malt and barley. OK but not the best Barley Wine I have had.