Melker (244) - Göteborg, - DEC 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber, small bone white head.
Very hoppy aroma, citrusy and floral hops. Also some caramel and toffee in there.
Taste is very fruity. Sweet orange juice. It’s almost too sweet. The aftertaste is bitter and almost sour, like a sour lemon..
There is pretty much alcohol in the taste, maybe that’s because my bottle is pretty young. Good beer though.
avantdagare (170) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 vintage. Very little beige head that disappears fast, brown-red body. Nose: Caramel, raisins and figs. Aroma: Caramel, dates, figs, madeira, port-wine. Semi-long ending with some bitterness.
markoijelena (1559) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.75l at Johnny Off License Roma Italy. 03.12.2015.Thank you Alberto for amazing journey and thank you guys for sharing this Vintage 2012 bottle.Taste with Mortlach, ippopotamo36, John, Trevor and cika Boban.Pour it dark ruby color with small head.Aroma plum jam.Taste of molasis, dark fruits, spices, so complexed, candied fruits on the end.
Maarten1993 (693) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Kaspar at my place 23-12-2015 (when we tought of ’Let’s talk’). Very sweet, rich, beer. Alcohol taste is present. Enjoyable though slightly unbalanced beer.
GregClow (3039) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Not sure of the age, but I think it might be from the 2007 edition. Corked and caged with silver foil, if that’s a clue? Anyway, it pours a deep purple-brown colour with absolutely no carbonation and some small floaties - poured it carefully, and left behind a lot of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of dark dried fruit - figs, dates, prunes - and oxidized port. Flavour follows with the same notes, along with some coffee and dark cocoa in the finish, and lingering sweet raisin. No hops to speak of, and surprisingly smooth given the abv. Very enjoyable!
thomashall (486) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle shared by Folty at Darkness day, thanks. Strong boozy sweet aroma. Taste follows, a little wood. Missing some carbonation. Still really good stuff.
Brew_Cat (107) - Athens, GREECE - NOV 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Athens Craft Beer Expo (Zythognosia) during a tasting workshop. Pours dark amber with big, off-white long lasting head. Medium body, no particles detected. Rich palette, beautiful aromas and notes of caramel, cookies and orange. Definite and distinctive malty character. An excellent barley wine. I consider myself lucky to have tasted it, since finding such kinds of brews is a rare phenomenon where I live. Perfect!
Holmen2 (2462) - NORWAY - NOV 1, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Backlog. Shared bottle at Mi2 at Cardinal 25.03.13. Slightly unclear, reddish brown. Not much head. Aroma of old port, sherry, nuts and plum compote. Taste pf port, tokayer, some alcohol. Then old port, some oak and prunes. Round mouthfeel. No carbonation. Perfectly balanced.
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours slightly murky caramel color with a sudsy khaki head that fades to a soapy wispy film and lacing. Aroma has sweet sugary fruit burnt caramel malt and woodiness. Taste is slightly bitter with big sweet sugary caramel malt some fruit like figs and prunes. Palate is full sticky warming and finishes dry.
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
October 23, 2015 - taster glass sample at Darkness Eve. 2007 bottle shared by me. Glad I finally opened this up. A very well done barley wine.
Linnet (1442) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big, bold, extra of everything, boozy, immensely fat malt backbone, sugary, lots of aggressive hops, big bite, bigger sweetness lots of alcohol. Is a bit like a sledgehammer not that sophiaticated, but it gets the job Done!