sfontain (830) - 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 don’t know. This would probably improve with a couple years on the shelf. Terribly disappointing. I’ve 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.
Leighton (13253) - 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 (547) - - 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 I’m used to in barley wine. thick and oily with nice level of carbonation. I like this, thumbs up.
SpringsLicker (3221) - 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 (11491) - 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 (497) - God’s 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.
superspak (3137) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/3/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, herbal, grass, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, herbal, grass, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, apricot, plum, fig, pear, apple, orange zest, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, oak, light pine, light vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; with a great malt/yeast/hop/oak balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent oak aged English barelywine style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast, earthy hops, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Scopey (8328) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Cotteridge Convention thanks to Garrold. It pours deep golden-amber with a decent white head. The nose is rich, oaky, earth, dried fruits, raisin, cherry, prune and red grape skin. The taste is bitter, wood, spicy, charred stuff, leather, honeyed cereal and light vanilla with some warmth towards the finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Punchy. Not bad, but a bit too much oak for my liking.
BlackHaddock (4552) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24th Jan 2015: shared bottle at the Cotteridge Wine meet. Poured a hazy amber/copper colour with a weak, thin white head. The nose had a citrus, orange sort of aroma with semi-sweet molasses, the taste was also malty molasses with orange notes. Finish is more bitter, but this is a fairly sweet brew with the oak barrels imparting the fruitiness more than the hops (I think).
RichTheVillan (4042) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Cotteridge wine convention; hazy light copper pour with a thin bubbly white head, orange aroma, taste has citrus action, caramel, vanilla, bitter finish.
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at cotteridge tasting 24/1/15, cheers!
Slightly hazy mid amber sweet caramalt, lraflitter, slightly soapy bittersweet, medium body low carbonation