Emeister84 (753) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of raspberries, cherries, blackberries, black cherries, and cola, with a subtle nuance of vanilla. Appearance is almost black, with purplish tint, and off-white/light tan head foam. Taste is quite sweet and fruity, with flavors similar to Australian Shiraz, with slight notes of nuts and toffee, and a booze-driven spiciness. A plump, lively carbonated beer, fruity and boozy with very slight hop prevalence, and an off-dry, fruity, lingering finish. Attests very well (as I can only imagine) to the old English standard that beers can be crafted, absolutely, in order to sit side-by-side with complex European wines.
Leighton (9847) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Vintage 2009 at The Barley Wine Tasting, London - many thanks to Kenny. Pours orange-ruby, lightly hazy, with a fine, off-white cream head. Lots of caramel on the nose, some wet pine. Big sweet flavor with tons of toasty sugar, berries, gingerbread, orange, alcohol, light spicy pine. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm ginish with lots of caramel, moderate spices, subtle piney bitterness, toasted sugars. Drinks very well for the ABV and has an interesting spice aspect. Good one.
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. 15.3% 2009 version. Very hazy red-brown beer, decent bubbly tan head. Light palate, a little dry. Soft and airy. Inevitably a little aniseed alcohol but not too much. Mild toffee and dried fruits. Very mild - barely there - hops. Semi dry finish. Overall pretty light for itís abv, just a mild warmth.
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep mahogany brown with medium tan head. †Smell is sugar crystals, toffee, dark fruits, booze. †Taste is not as nice as the smell. †Boozy sugary toffee, sugar plums, more booze. †Big slow sipper with lots of depth. Nice dead of winter barley wine.†
jackl (3859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Massive thanks to Ken for bringing this behemoth to our battle of the barley wines. The pourís deep reddish brown with a small white head. The nose is suprisingly floral, hoppy. Some warm wood, boozy barrel. The taste is sweet bearclaw donut. Runny sweet toffee malt flavors, some cocoa and cherry. Chocolate. Boozy lightly dry woody finish. Fulll body, big beer. To be honest, Iím quite impressed by how this beer carries the ABV. Itís not overbearing. A fine sipper.
Scopey (5526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2012 2009 bottle, thanks to Ken at THE Barley Wine Tasting, August 2012. It pours medium brown, with reddish hues and a thin off-white head. The nose is hoppier than anticipated, pine, varnish, light caramel, toffee apple, brown sugar and orange cream. The taste is varnish, wood polish, raisin, toffee, creaminess, wood, apple, syrupy-sweet tinned fruit and a pretty serious alcohol burn, with some bitterness in the finish. Full body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Not too shabby.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, 13%. Poured rich, deep amber with a short-lived, yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits, Port wine, aged caramel, and a little molasses.. lots of sweetness and very little boozage evident. The flavor found more of the fruits and molasses at the core.. hot, peppery alcohol and oxidation wove their way through the rest of the drink.. finished hot, and it very much warmed up the belly.. not great balance. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a bit buttery.. heat and bitterness detracted from the enjoyment in a few places.
Foxbush (1219) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle 13% abv purchased at Libbie Market. The barlywine poured a deep reddish brown. Very little head and a sweet aroma of prunes or plums. The higher alcohol has a numbing affect as you drink the ale. Sweetness of prunes and raisins with little or no hops in the taste. Medium body with soft carbonation. Smooth finish a sweet aftertaste. This is local a product but a class of beers that I have limited experience.
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355 ml 13 % 2011?(barcode 7832710071068)
Aroma: big, clean malty rich note with plenty of alcohol. Hint of vanilla with hops.7+
Appearance: dark brown with lighter top.
Palate / Taste: dark malts , dry alcohol. Barley feel , potent approach. Finishing with hints of plum.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice clear black with a tan head that doesnít exist after the pour. Aroma is of alcohol, roasted malts, notes of fruit and caramel and a little chocolate. Lots of alcohol, strong finish, nice malt presence. Good sipping beer.