SDalkoholic (2199) - 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.
nbouchy (11) - Thionville, FRANCE - FEB 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nez puissant sur le caramel, la vanille et le bois. Beaux arômes de bourbon. Bouche ample et onctueuse, explosion de vanille, sur fond de bois et d’épices. Viennent ensuite de subtiles arômes de caramel, réglisse, noisette, chocolat... Finale longue et puissante douce et amère sur le chocolat et la vanille.
s_hartshorne (2003) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle cotteridge pissup. Black ok head. Dark fruits wood molasses in aroma and taste some alcohol good dark malts. Nice chewy body. V good.
NeuroPliny (204) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 12, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster at The Beer Store, SF. Pours chestnut with a foamy tan head. Nose is molasses, vanilla, caramel, dark dried fruit, and brandy. Flavour is dark roasted malts, charred oak, brandy, raisin, fig, leafy decay, and huge vanilla and caramel. Outstanding American strong ale. Or is this a barleywine? Either way fantastic.
47574xeCD (395) - God’s Country, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Share at The Cotteridge Convention 24/1/15
Poured a Deep dark Brown almost black with tiny tan head covering.
Aroma of spice, raisens, dark fruits, hints of rum, barley, forest fruit and malt. A very proud punchy Barley Wine.
Beerconnaiseur (155) - BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Slightly bitter, malt, rich caramel, aged character... too much tannine aftertaste for me. Something isn’t rightly combined, maybe the malt and oak/brandy? Nice booze and full flavours. Should retry on draught.
Theydon_Bois (10574) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Cotteridge Convention, big thanks to Sarky for dropping this off even though he couldn’t stay, 24/01/15.
Extremely dark mahogany brown with little in the way of a covering.
Nose is rich caramel, toffee, dark fruits, spice, malts, raisens, sultanas.
Taste comprises rum and raisen, toffee, spice, dark fruit rinds, dates.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close.
redtechnj (233) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance- Deep dark brown with little to no head or lacing.
Aroma- sweet dark fruits, alcohol, malts, port wine, bourbon.
Flavor- heavy sweet with vanilla, oak, bourbon, raisins, plums, caramely, nice and thick, almost like a good balsamic.
sir__v (824) - Lille, FRANCE - FEB 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared @ home from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: dark black beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: roasted malt, young barrel and bourbon vanilla notes. Taste: nice oily sensation very smooth and great! Malt domination with vanilla balance. Very amazing and with barrel finish. Very well balanced. Aftertaste: malt roasted and chocolate with vanilla and barrel.
stevoj (2487) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Very smooth, tasty stuff. Pours out a nice mahogany, , lots of sweetness, brown sugar, molasses. Silky, syrupy mouth feel, tons of warmth. deserving of the (mostly) high praise.
The_Osprey (2401) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Cotteridge Wines. Cheers Sarky. Dark brown, small tan head. Aroma is boozy, sweet vanilla, background pine or mint. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet toffee, some meaty flavours going on, tangy alcohol reminding me of spirits like Aftershock, a little salty Decent sipping beer.