olio (8793) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours clear dark red color with a small head. Quite piney and resinous aroma, some hop notes, sweet ripe fruits, caramel and some subtle licorice. Flavor is slightly sweet with caramel and malts, wooden dry tingly notes, licorice lingers long on the aftertaste, very mild alcohol warmth at the end. Good but feels slightly raw, even thin, could be smoother, probably doesn’t improve with age.
bierkoning (11941) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. dark amber color. Plums and grassy herbal hops in both aroma and flavor. Malty sweetish, soft vinous notes. Woody finish. Nice.
zizzybalubba (1749) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh (Triangle Town Center). 2014 bottle, 10% ABV. Muddy, brownish-orange pour with a frothy khaki head. Aroma of caramel and graham cracker, mostly, with orange peel and tangerine notes. Taste features more of the same with citrus hops upfront followed by an assertive sweet malt finish of toffee and caramel. Moderate alcohol warmth. A nicely done barleywine.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4171) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mad River John Barleycorn Barleywine 10.8%
A good value high ABV brew is this one imported by Ezo Beer.
Pouring a deep brown with ruby accents. Sweet zesty citrus aroma coupled with sweet caramel.
Full bodied and malty sweet with a lightly roasty caramel that’s nicely balanced by a dose of citrusy hops.
A barleywine for those who enjoy hops makes it a solid winter warmer.
ICEatALAMO (1259) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, '10 vintage. The pour is a deep cooper/amber. The aroma is light toffee and dark fruits. The taste is bold. The age seems to have done it well. Lots of toffee and dark fruits hold through the taste. Would like to taste this aged in bourbon.
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monk191 (1606) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great barleywine. Pours a muddy red/black with a tan head. Smells awesome, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla and malt, cherry pie. Taste is creamy, with lots of vanilla, caramel and a nice warm booziness in the finish. Paired with Thai fish cakes, the beer is smoothed out with some nuttiness and booziness. Had in the bottle.
stevoj (3593) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Malty, sweet aroma... fruity and floral. Malty, alcoholic and sweet up front. Nicely balanced, yet moderately bitter on the tail end with plenty of alcohol. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Long, astringent, bitter-sweet, slightly dry finish.
fletchfighters (1374) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ML bottle
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head that falls to a thick collar. Lingers through drinking. Spotty lacing and good ABV legs.
Nose is Caramel, slightly burnt, toffee, date toasted bread, orange, orange zest, and subtle port/ sherry notes.
Taste is pretty similar. Toasted bread, toffee/ burnt sugar, date, soft sherry and a lot of orange, orange peel and grapefruit bitterness. More like an English take with slightly more aggressive hops.
Oily, bitter and bread like finish. Not sure if it is the date that finishes more or the sherry like. Probably a little of both. Really drinkable and really nice. Probably on the underrated side of things as not as over the top hopped as other BW’s are
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Appearance: very dark amber color (almost Porter-like), with lots of stirred up sediment. Aroma: malty and smokey, with hints of burned caramel, dates, and toast. Taste/Palate: thick, crisp, and sweet; finishes bitter and astringent.
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 12. Has thick, syrupy appearance. Aroma is hoppy. Flavor is not sweet and somewhat bitter. I kept looking at this beer thinking brown sugar...but the flavor is malty, slightly sweet with a long bitter finish.