esox (905) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy ruby colour, thin but creamy head. Raisiny fruitiness with rich and creamy caramel, some herbal hops in the nose. Some booze when cold. Caramelly sweet flavor, sweet fruits, low bitterness. Raisiny, caramelly and heba finish with some alcoholic warmth. A bit thin maybe. Oily texture, low carbonation. Nice BW, not excellent.
bergstaden (867) - Røros, NORWAY - JAN 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with an off white head - sweet malt aromas that are very good - nice sweet malt body with some caramel and some alcohol heat in a very nice way - lingering maltyness in the finish with some caramel and a nice heat from alcohol - this was very good
Holy (831) - GERMANY - JAN 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @BBF 2010. Highs: Strong sweet flavor (and I’m not a Barley Wine fan...). Lows: An odd scent in the nose, couldn’t quite place it and the sip overwhelmed anything there. Nice.
tfredvik (796) - 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]
espenra (793) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Best before 2012-09-02. Amber orange colour wirh a very small head. Aroma is very sweet and malty. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and malt in the aroma, but also fruity. The alcohol is also prominant as you would expect in a barley wine. Flavour is sweet with almost no bitterness. Alcohol and bitterness is very well hidden. There is some alcohol, but it’s soon replaced by the sweet flavours of malts, brown sugar, fruityness and caramel notes. This is a scary beer as you don’t notice the alcohol before the end of the bottle and your head is suddenly woozy. Subtle, but lingering aftertaste.
TorbenH (745) - Frederikshavn, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, roasty, full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness,
mathieuc (683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is full of sugary caramel with really mild hops. A small ring persists but nothing more. Mouthfeel is syrupy, treacle-like almost. Pretty sweet but not overly so, an honest bitterness cutting into it. Overall a nice english barleywine, can’t wait to try more from these guys!
tmrmwel (663) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours amber, with a small creamy head. Aroma is sweet with roasted malts, as well as grain, oak, toffee and a whiff of alcohol. Flavour is sweet and quite smoky, with coffee, chocolate, molasses as well as toffee and alcohol giving a sweetness sticking through the finish.
nilsas (650) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
God duft av sjokolade, kaffe, honning og karamell. Lite skum. Brun grumset farge. God søt smak av honning, karamell og sjokolade.
konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep honey color with a tiny head. This is all raw honey! The aroma is pretty much nothing else and you’d think you were smelling a honey jar if you were blindfolded. Not so overwhelming in the taste but still has a huge presence, along with some fruits and caramel. I quite like it!