SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.7 oz bottle from South Bay Drugs. What a treat to have this available at a local spot. I was saving it for when I had a lot of time to spend drinking it and studying it and now was my time. The nose was a sweet blend of caramel and sugary malt with an unbelievable fresh scent of wood. The wood kind of reminded me of woodshop or a freight carrying a whole cargo of cut trees. The flavor was similar to syrup and hid the alcohol content to a well masked factor during the drink. The pour created vigorous head which I didn’t expect and in part I lost a few ounces since I couldn’t control the abruption of the bottle, but I admired it’s view while it rested in my glass. I savored every sip I took of this beer and only had wished it was sold in a bigger bottle so that I could indulge myself fully in it’s taste further.
kirk36 (133) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex. Pours liquid brown lava. Flavor explosion with each sip as well as a designer flavor twist. Woody and chocolately with a slight hint of a Belgian quad. This is wonderfully decadent.
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Lowenbrau (1937) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12.7fl oz bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 09-02-2014.
In short: smooth robust sweet ale.
Pours very dark with little tan head. Some head retention and lacing. Wood, liquor, caramel aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is smooth, wood, liquor, caramel, vanilla flavours. Creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and very enjoyable.
Harrjitzuu (13) - - AUG 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ cafe sara, Oslo. Sugar roasted figs meets sourdough bread. Deep oak flavor. The alcohol comes through. Has an untypical bitter finish which is nice. Nice beer, just don’t buy it in Norway ;)
Vestergaard (366) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from no idea when. Pours dark brown with a small, off white head. Aroma has lots of bourbon, caramel malts, butter, fat sugary sweetness. Not too much though. Taste is not as sweet, but still lots of caramel, licorice, filled chocolates, port wine, some candy. Full body, medium carb. Lovely. Just my style of barley wine.
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Murky brown without foam, this has a boozy aroma with fruit, caramel, raisins, and toffee flavors that melt in your mouth. Alcohol just adds to the sweet finish. Beautiful.
Klimaet (153) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. This is the stuff. Pours a dark brown, almost black, off white thin head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel malt, brown sugar, coffee, booze. Taste is very bourbon up front, roasted coffee, slight caramel malt, booze, yeast, earthyness.
jeremyh70 (707) - Missouri, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2014 2012 vintage. Pours a a dark cola brown with almost no head and little lacing. Aroma is wonderful with nutty, caramel scent along with plums and figs. Also get some toasted coconut and vanilla. Taste is very similar with molasses sweetness and some chocolate syrup and a bit of roastiness. Get those nutty flavors with the dark fruits and the toasted coconut. Just a bit of alcohol. Finishes with some sweetness. Mouthfeel was oily and medium bodied with low carbonation. Delicious. Best barleywine I’ve had.
kambei70 (597) - - JUL 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours a fairly clear dark amber brown with a few bubbles but no head. Slick, oily lacing. Nose and taste are virtually identical. Malt, Coffee, chocolate syrup, coconut, vanilla, caramel, prune/raisin, a little roast and just the faint bit of alcohol. A soft, smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not much carbonation and just a little alcohol warmth. Balance is incredible with just the right amount of everything.
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RussianDragon (467) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled vertical: 2008 vintage is 375 ml, 2009 vintage is 750 ml. Pours a translucent dark brown/caramel color, nearly still (after head quickly faded). Aroma is dark fruit and booze, with notes of plums, dark cherries and prune. Flavor is malty, sweet caramel, and dark fruit with overall delicious sour tang. A slight port complexity. From notes 1/23/10 (Geist Dark Lord tasting)
BMMillsy (1364) - Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours pitch black and inky with no head whatsoever. Aroma is sweet brandy and some light anise, molasses, more sweet sugar. Flavor follows with thick brandy and molasses flavors, some light oakiness, burnt caramel, very sweet. Nearly no carbonation in this one, and on the sweet side which cuts through the thickness and puts things a bit on the cloying side. Big bodied though. I definitely liked the bourbon version better than this one, but would be nice on a winter day.