ruigo (1268) - PORTUGAL - OCT 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle. Clear reddish amber colour with a small off-white head. Raisin, plums and caramel in the aroma. Average to soft carbonation and medium body. Taste is too sweet, with some liquorice notes. Overall, a fulsome sweet beer than can turn into something boring.
RasmusOtt (1257) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange amber with a tiny beige head. Aroma of thick sweet caramel, apple pie, ripe plums, toffee, dates and a little bit of alcohol. Taste of sweet caramel, a bit of alcohol, apples, toffee, dates, plums and with a rather dry and flat end.
tfredvik (1205) - 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]
Linnet (1154) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ar: boozy, very sweet, jam, marmalade,butterscotch, alcohol, overly sweet..
Ap: amber colour, small off-white head, lacing.
T: big sweetness, low bitterness, sweetness is cloying, ABV evident, caramely, one-dimensional..
P: fullbodied soft carbonation, warming and sweet finish.
O: overly sweet and one-dimensional.
esox (1114) - 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.
angel77 (1093) - oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella de 50 cl en el lupulo. Octubre de 2013. Bastante buena barley wine. Igual demasiado dulce con cuerpo medio - fuerte. Buena a necesario repetir de nuevo.
tmrmwel (1058) - 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.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear deep amber coloured with a medium sized light brown head. Aromas of caramal, dark fruit, pineapple and alcohol. Super sweet flavour with notes of toffee, malt, sugar and mild hops. It needs more bitterness - more balance..
TorbenH (891) - 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,
espenra (884) - 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.