Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red-brown with off white head that stays. There are lot of yeast flotsam. Aroma is rich caramel and astringency. Flavor is very rich deep caramel and some bourbon, burnt wood and alcohol. Hop spiciness underlies it all. This is a very interesting, well put together BW. Earthy and very strong with a long finish that stays tasty. In a world where BW can be any namby-pamby, this ones the biggest and worst that I can remember.
gEUS (1395) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle at home (fresh off the shelves). Pours hazy dark amber with a soapy frothy eggshell white head. Very nice cheesy hoppy nose, pine and rich caramel mats. Thick body with a major amount of sugars, fading into mellow yet huge bitterness. Taste is green grass and peach fruit juice, bitter coffee roast and a smoky touch at the end... Fresh this stuff rocks...
huineman (327) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark amber with a yellowish thick head.
Intense aromas of figtree leaf, dandelion, caramel and honey.
Taste is quite sweet, full-bodied and creamy. Long, very bitter finish.
kevinator (1242) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice BW. Clean aroma of sweet malt and honey. Pretty brandy color. Thick and syrupy. Sweet with vanilla and caramel and a slight hop bite at the end.
demannu (147) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is sweet and boozy. The smell had me excited to drink this. But then i poured it. This is by far the ugliest beer I’ve seen so far. A murky brown color with a foamy head and an overly large amount of floaties. Honestly thought about pouring this out. Just not appealing. Unfortunately, some of those floaties found their way into my mouth after settling to the bottom of the class which was something i rather not have experienced. Ended up following them out. What was left was a flat slightly sticky mouth feel. Medium/full body. Complex flavors but ends up fairly sweet overall. Not something i will have again.
Lilja (2034) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fat på Mikkeller bar, Viktoriagade, Köpenhamn. Smak och doft av karamell, malt, mörk torkad frukt som russin och plommon, brunt socker med toner av citrus. Stor sötma, fina smaker, rund och len, välbalanserad men aningen för söt.
clockk (104) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sabores a caramelo,frutos secos, pasas, nosa tiene mucho sabor a alcohol. olores a pasas y caramelo. Gran cuerpo. Espuma nula. Buenisima.
hawthorne00 (2732) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bb 7/12 (_really_ breaking the "try a fresh one first" rule with this one). 13C. Dark brown, no head. Aroma of PX sherry, chocolate, dried fruit, dark bread. Almost flat. Presumably has thinned out a little, certainly well short of sticky. Bittersweet with dark fruits and sherry, bitterness creeping up towards the end. A little stemmy there too. No overt alcohol. Mellow, lovely.
heavy (2270) - Split, CROATIA - APR 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oct. ’14. A 0.75 l bottle, one of the several from Svijet Piva store, Zagreb shared that evening. This one poured lightly hazy copper-amber body with a small head. Of course, malty aroma, mostly toasted like caramel, toffee, also orange (both malt and hop), other fruits and alcohol. Flavor was accordingly sweet and malty, showed up to be quite complex, too. Caramel, all the other toasted malt and fruit, especially on the sweeter side, then came the secondary flavors like wood or tobacco. Bitter component was much less pronounced, only a bit of herbal bitterness towards the end, but alcohol played its role here, too. Medium bodied, warming and quite sweet finish. It’s an elegant and complex barley wine, but definitely not among the tastiest ones, nor it did knock me down. Its price surely did though.
jzi (49) - POLAND - APR 10, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Barwa: Brązowo bordowa. przejrzyste.
Piana: Niska i szybko opada. Dorobnopęcherzykowa o żółtawej barwie.
Aromat: Słodowy, czuć też owoce, zwłaszcza śliwkę i wiśnię. Pojawia się też nuta miodowa. Lekko landrynkowe. Aromat jest nieziemko intensywny. Aż kręci w nosie.
Smak: Bardzo słodkie. Po chwili pojawia się goryczka i rozgrzewająca nuta alkoholu. Całkiem przyjemna.
Piwo jest gęste i ciężkie. Wydaje się być lepkie.
To moje pierwsze Barley Wine, więc nie mam porównania, i jestem pod wielkim wrażeniem.
DroolYeast (431) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Mikkeller in Viktoriagade. Aroma of dried dark fruit, hops, vineous, some alcohol. Clear brown amber with off-white head, tiny lasting. Moderate sweetness, light+ bitterness, balanced. Full body, smooth texture, average carbonation, sweet finish.