ej (1041) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle 2012 shared with BBGTC. Pours a deep orange / amber color with a tan, creamy looking head. Malty caramelly aroma and hints of alcohol. Some notes of oxidation and corn. Taste is woody and malty. Hints of leather and grapes. Oxidized notes as well. Full bodied, soft co2 and a slick mouthfeel. Warming finish.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from The Wine and Cheese Place. Pours a hazed amber with a small, wispy off-white head. Has started to dull; 2011 vintage. The nose has held up, though. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dry grains, toast, oak, cake, vanilla, and red wine - although the vinous character seems to have given way to the underlying barley wine malt sweetness. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Still pretty good.
Bov (10914) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from Erzbierschof - quite clear red-brown beer with a solid foamy beige head; nice lace; woody aroma of sour cherries and berries; full-bodied, thick and pretty sticky; a solid sweetness soon overwhelmed by a robust bitterness; caramel, marzipan and very woody cherryish and piney finish
Fritz123 (1472) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At home shared with Dan. Small snifters. Pours a muddy brown with a slight head. Aroma is bread, sweet malts, cardboard, dark fruits, merlot grapes, barrel, and vanilla. The taste is bold with a solid barleywine backbone with caramel malts, vanilla, dark fruits, and booze. You also get the red wine grapes and barrel aging smoothness. Finish is wine flavors with a solid booziness. Very well balanced and flavorful. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. I really like this.
S_Side_Smitty (625) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Pours a cloudy red-brown with a medium white head. Aroma is a perfect blend of a grainy English style barley wine and a fruity red wine. Taste is initially a sweet barley wine profile. The red wine comes in at the mid followed by some beautiful carob-like smooth malts for the finish. Nice, nice, nice.
slowrunner77 (7860) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
easily my favorite in the Big Worse line. while the bourbon version smooths things out, it was simplistic. this one is dangerously smooth and complex with sweetness from the bw still coming through, alcohol apparent only in the back end of the aroma, a slightly sour tobacco sweetness added to (not instead of) the flavor of the original beer. great stuff, wish i didn’t have to get it on-line."
Yorker (1857) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home (2012 vintage). Pours hazy reddish brown with quite a bit of sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, dried fruit, minerals, and red wine - with a slightly alcoholic finish.
daje (2782) - NORWAY - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy dark red tinted brown body with a big beige head. Aroma of vanilla, alcohol, red wine, plums and dark malt. Taste is boozy with red wine and wood, high sweetness, light roasty and caramel finish. Above good, below great.
Hoppera (10) - SPAIN - JUL 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma a vinate potente en sabor y dulzor al final impresionante barley Wine super equilibrada!
tricksta_p (2409) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Complex aroma of brown sugar, oak, red wine, caramel, ripe red fruits, toffee, a touch of alcohol. Flavour is quite sweet with a lot more note of red wine. A bit sticky and cloying. I enjoyed this better than the original Big Worse, a bit less sweet and the wine barrel aging has paid off well.