Swaroga (1347) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375cl bottle. Hazy dark red liquid with medium red tanned head. Nose : intensive deep notes of alcohol, red wine, chocolate, wood barrels, wedding cake. Sip : medium density body with thick oily texture. Almost no carbonation. Sweet and warming with alcohol. It develops dryness like a port wine does. I’m surprised how the barrels go through this brew. They match well. It’s still easy to drink for a barley wine. It does look more like a beer when we see the perfect head. I enjoy it.
brystmar (1258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Malty and piney aromas initially, supported by barrels that remind me more of white wine than red. Tastes like a standard American Barleywine: caramel malts atop the boozy, hoppy base with a warming sensation after I swallow.
Barrel character works much better than expected, especially from an inconsistent renegade like Mikkeller. Pleasantly surprised to report that I enjoyed this one.
Foffern (1227) - Bodø, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours a pretty clear brown amber colour with a big frothy beige head. Incredibly rich and malty aroma with lots of oak, sweet malt, marzipan, fudge, syrup, caramel and some alcohol. Not far from a cognac. The flavour follows up with a complex mixture of the aroma with licorice, spices and a touch of roast in the end. Very rich and sticky mouthfeel, and a light to medium bitterness. A rich barley wine with a complex aroma and flavour. Almost like a journay.
Yorker (1196) - 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.
RasmusOtt (1118) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pours hazy brown with a tiny darker beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, red wine, dark sweeter fruits, ripe plums, apple pie and mellow toffee. Taste of sweet caramel, mellow toffee, wood, red wine, sweet grapes, ripe apples. sweet dark fruits, dark cherries, actually a little bit tart, dryness and warming alcohol.
tricksta_p (1106) - 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.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7oz bottle from west lakeview liqours. pours a murky orange-copper with a thin, bubbly, off-white head leaving sticky, dripping lace on the glass. aroma is great with big notes of vanilla, sweet oak, and toffee backed by fresh, piney, hop esters, red berries, and tart red wine with hints of gingersnap cookies, brandied figs, and sweet malts. flavor is damn tasty as well, but a bit tame compared to the aroma, with sweet oak, vanilla, and red wine backed by toffee candy, pine esters, and sugar cookies with subtle touches of raisin, fig, and cake crust. palate is full bodied with smooth carbonation and a sweet, dry, fruity finish. overall, a pretty tasty brew.
phredrik (1010) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5 cl bottle from ØlKonsortiet. Pours deep ruby red with a nice off white head. Aroma is very spicy and very dominated by the barrel treatment - I'm thinking a spicy Temperanillo. Unripe red grapes, oak, sour red currants, raspberries. The classic barley wine characteristics if caramel and dark fruits are completely absent and have been replaced by a wealth og ripe red fruits and berries. A brief hoppiness when it's swirled. The taste is quite perplexing. The barrel is also the main attraction here, and it seems that it as brought some brettanomyces into the beer. A bit funky and then just full of unripe red grapes, red berries and then an astringent side to it, spicy and red wine-ish. This tastes more like a strong Belgium brett infused ale with raspberries aged on spanish wone barrels than a barley wine. But I quite like it. Very unique and interesting.
flemmingwillum (1002) - Nysted, DENMARK - APR 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #728, bottle from Toft Vin. Brown beer with a small and dissapearing head. Excellent aroma od vanilla, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, moisty wood and alcohol. Flavor of vanilla, hops, a touch of red wine, wood, smoke, citrus and it is quite dry as well. Finish is roasted and warming with a bit alcohol, smoke and wood. Nice bitternes. One of the most complex finishes I’ve witnessed so far. Could be sweeter and less dry. Nice carbonation but could use just a notch of more sturdy body. Really great beer all in all, though.
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ FWIBF. Pours a dark reddish color with a beige head. Aroma is of oak, red wine, red grapes and is very vinous, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and some slight alcohol. The flavor follows the nose and is again really vinous, I get the red grapes, red wine, oak, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some alcohol. The body is full with an oily mouth feel. Overall a tasty and different BA Barley Wine.