yespr (39955) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours clear and golden dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity and light hoppy. Bitter and toffee caramelish flavoured. Dry and hoppy into the far finish. Vague off note. Dry and bitter finish.
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma is very sweet and dominated by over ripe fruits. THe flavor is sweet matly with notes of over ripe fruits as well as alcohol, leading to a dry fruity finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of Degarth. Vintage 2006. Slightly hazy, reddish, dark, orangey brown with a beige head. Fat aroma of caramel and overripe fruit. Full-bodied, sweetish, burned caramel flavours and very fruity accents - overripe fruit also. Lightly hoppy finish. Lovely. 270907
omhper (22986) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled - 2000 vintage sampled in Decmber 2002. Amber colur, no head. Grapefruity hop aroma. Malty, thick, fruity and syrupy. Clean, bold, filling mouthfeel and lingering hop bitterness. If there is such a thing as a middle-of-the-road in barleywines this one comes close.
anders37 (22479) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2007 vintage. Pours a clear amber color with small off-white head. Sweetish malty hoppy aroma with some piney hints. Sweetish maltly caramel and piney hoppy flavor. Sweetish malty finish with hints of caramel and a bitter hoppy aftertaste.
madmitch76 (21503) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2011 11th October 2008. GABF. Clear amber beer. Smooth palate. Aromatic strong malts. A competent if unexciting barleywine. Original rating 3.0
7th June 2009
A 10.8% version. Hazy brown beer. Soft to dry palate. Rich malt, slightly caramel. Just a pinch of salt but also a subtle sweet note of peach. Aniseedy alcohol finish. Not bad.
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home, from an IP trade with jtclockwork, cheers James 11/05/14.
Clear dark amber with a moderate light beige covering that dissipates then retains.
Nose is treacle toffee, brown sugars, candied fruit peel, light spice, fruit cake, brown sugars.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, fruit cake, dates, figs, tobacco, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey tones in a drying close.
Solid enough barley wine, this one improved as it warmed a little bringing the flavours out a little more.
yngwie (16422) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle, 12oz. A semiclear, copper beer with a minimal-sized off-white head. Alcohol, dried fruits, caramel and resiny hops in the vinous aroma. Malty, vinous flavor with some caramel, dried fruits and resin. Full-bodied, warm and smooth. Fine bitterness in the finish. Maybe not a super-complex barley wine, but pretty damn good anyway, especially love the mouthfeel. 090619
Beerhunter111 (15424) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Klare hell orange braune Farbe, geringe leicht beige schaumkrone. Geruch nach reifen Früchten, Obst, süßes malz. Geschmack kräftig malzig, reifes Obst, Karamell, Vanille, alkoholisch.
Oakes (15254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2000
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 It has been a long time since I’ve had this, but back in the 90s I found it a sweet, relatively run-of-the-mill BW with a herbal accent.
Today, it has a cloudy-murky appearance, and an amber-tan colour. There wasn’t much of a head to start with but it’s gone quickly. Lots of bubbles on the side of the glass, especially for such a sizeable beer. The aroma is sweet and malty. It’s only been 9 months and you can smell already how sherryish this would be if we’d let it age. There’s some breadcrusty richness to the malts, and all sorts of caramel. Hops are fairly background in the aroma, lending just a hint of herbal accent, and even that it almost lost in a slightly footy yeast character.
On the palate, it’s thick, a little oily, and a little sticky. There is a slight carbonic prickle but just enough to drag this across the palate kicking and screaming. This is big chewy. My impressions from bygone years were pretty much on - this is a very standard BW. It definitely harkens to the formative years of the style in America, where big and chewy was all you needed to get respect. But these days, I like a little flair in my BW, and this doesn’t really do that. It’s very sweet, with just a shade of hop bitterness. But the malts are not dynamic, just more of that caramel/earth/sherry thing. I’ve had a lot of BWs like this. I still get that herbal accent, though maybe more sage whereas 10 years ago I thought juniper. It’s not enough, though.
At the end, the alcohol goes to the bash with the intense sugariness, with that dull earthy quality underneath. It’s an uninspiring dynamic, lacking in brightness, originality or muscularity. It feels tired...and conceptually it probably could go for a 21st century update because BW has become so much better in the past half dozen years.