Cunningham (6239) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Clear deep copper color with a tan head. Off white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Fruity and sweet malty.
Palate: Medium to full body. Sweet and a mild bitterness. Average to soft carbonation.
Taste: Sweet malty, vinous and fruity. Very well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: A bit to sweet for me. Probably a quite typical barley wine as it should be. I am a hop head..
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Fredrikstad, Norway
StoutHead (923) - DENMARK - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of malt, caramel and fruits. Taste is sweet and complex with notes of malt, lots of different fruits, caramel, spices and alcohol. Full body and oily texture. Long sweet aftertaste of malt, caramel and fruits with a boozy finish. Quite good.
mile (3634) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Amber, hazy, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate to full, malty and sugary sweet aroma, caramel and some fruitiness. Body is medium to full, malty and sugary sweet flavor, caramel and some fruitiness, light alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sugary sweet, caramel and light fruitiness, light alcohol. Way too sweet BW - lacks character. Really nothing but sugary sweetness.
Martinus (4317) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear caramel colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, wine, raisins, malts, wood and alcohol. Caramel flavour, quite sweet, raisins, some madeira notes, feels aged. Finish caramel and raisins. Nice!
(From bottle @ joes. Thanks for sharing, Joris!)
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured reddish amber with a huge, frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet candy, some caramel malt/ Medium to full body, flavour as the aroma, dark berries. alcohol soaked. Light spice with a bitter sweet finsih.
Holmen1 (4121) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff okt-13: kobberfarget med flott off-white cremeskum. Barley wine er en farlig god stilart, og Midtfyns utgave er med sin aroma og smak av malt, karamell og tørkede frukter nok en kompetent og ganevennlig utgave. Valnøtter og blåmuggost hadde vært midt i blinken akkurat nå!
Benzai (11840) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Hazy reddish color, small off - white head. Smell malts, sweetness and alcohol. Taste malts, alcohol, some sweetness, slightly winey. Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
DutchDrebus (5275) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ joes thx to joes. Amber to brown colour with a small off-white head. Smells wine, wood, alochol. Tastes sweet, alcoholic, intense. Full body, soft carbo.
TyggaBrown (430) - NORWAY - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is great beer, but to be honest I really think some of the barleys from Norway are a lot better. This one really smells of alcohol, more than I’ve experienced before, as well as plums, dark grapes, heavy bitterness, great level of sweetness, and caramel, cocoa and coffee. Great, and well balanced, but not as full bodied and balanced as the best ones.
tfredvik (1555) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
For some reason I’ve hardly had any barley wines since I started my ratebeer career, i.e. I’ve hardly had any barley wines whatsoever. If this one is representative for the style however, I’m looking forward to explore this type of beer in meticulous detail! The off-white, frothy head is a bit small and it ends up as a ring of ever-lasting bubbles at the walls of the glass, plus some filmy remnants that are partially covering the beautiful, clear, dark amber to red body. The strong aroma is malty, hoppy and sugary sweet with some nice notes of overripe fruits, faint dried dark fruits. It smells vinous, with notes of port wine. The taste is very, very sweet, and even if the long-lasting finish is moderate to heavy bitter it’s not quite enough to tame the massive sweetness. Strong flavours of overripe grapefruit and other fruits, sweet sweet caramel (Smørbukk), toffee, vanilla and faint dried dark fruits. Wonderful mouthfeel, it’s smooth and creamy, softly carbonated with tiny bubbles and the body is full. An amazing beer, that I probably would have liked even better if it was a bit less sweet or a bit more bitter.
[50 cl bottle, enjoyed 10 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Storo, Oslo]