markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to IBrew2or3 for sharing this one. Pours hazy orange with a slight white head. Nose is booze, caramel, honey, citrus hops, and vanilla. Flavor is similar with lingering booze, bourbon, caramel, and goodness. Medium-bodied and a nice sipping barleywine.
Leighton (8685) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting - East Croydon. This one I brought along. Pours hazy gold with a creamy foam head. Boozy aroma, some alcohol-soaked citrus fruits, notes of caramel. Heavy sweet flavor with loads of deep sugar, marmalade, melon, citrus, cantaloupe, caramel, hefty bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly hot on the finish with more ripe citrus, big caramel, golden raisins, tangerines. It’s a massively sweet and heavy beer but I wouldn’t say especially cloying, which is great. Sure, boozy, but interesting and overall quite good.
armando629 (2324) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.375 l bottle.
Deep clear orange-copper-reddish oil in my tumbler with a small lacing tan head. Strong aroma of alcohol, raisins, vanilla and oak with a lot of herbal flavours. And the alcohol again in the taste with vanilla, honey and some nut, toasted caramel, fine carbonation brings the very oily symphony of herbs, wood, oak and candy sugar. At the first this beer numbling my palate but after some slips it cuts my brain.
mcberko (4813) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL bottle, pours a cloudy caramel colour with a small beige head. Aroma of candied sugar, caramel malts, bourbon barrels, and a lot of sweetness -- very sweet and boozy. Flavour is exceedingly sweet and fairly boozy, with caramel, candied sugar, and subdued presence of the bourbon barrels. It is very sweet, but somehow it’s not cloying. The ABV is certainly prevalent, but still well enough worked in. Good stuff, but I much prefer the Big Worse versions.
a_cross (472) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden brown, minimal head; stewed candy fruit aroma, like an especially boozy Christmas pudding; tasted of stewed orange, candy peel, marmalade, spices; bourbon there but not too harsh (unlike most similar beers that I’ve had); peaty, salty; long sticky finish; top, top complex stuff - I’m a sucker for savouring these thick heavy beers over the course of a few hours; as a lightweight one-beer-a-night man I was in a state come the end and contrived to knock over the last fifth or so; at £18 a bottle (the beer’s big negative), I’d have cried if the beer hadn’t already made me so happy.
spacecube (520) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found a bottle of this back home after my first trip to Denmark and the Mikkeller bar got me into this craft beer malarkey. This is a heavy monster with lots of whisky, alcohol & caramel sweetness. Had to try it, not the most enjoyable beer I ever had, however, the after effects were excellent and it was certainly a memorable one.
andrewturba (739) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy copper colour with not head after a minute or so. Aroma is majorly bourbon, some sweet toffee, and some fruity notes on the end. Flavours are bourbon up front and on the finish, in the middle is a sweet toffee followed by a warming alcohol. Pretty smooth for 19.1 abv!
Reimer96 (850) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy orangish brown with a small off white ring. Aroma of bourbon, wood, sweet candied toffee, booze and a hint of sweet dried fruit. Taste is a little bit of sweet toffee, dried fruits and then a huge kick of booze like sipping on bourbon. Booze is overwhelming but the beer is still drinkable it just sticks around too long and isn’t as smooth as I expected.
HenrikSoegaard (9754) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Very vinius ofcourse. Heavý bitter and light sweet flavor. Long intense moderate bitter fniish. Not that alcoholic. Creamy palate. Ok experience.
saxo (12796) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich fruits, caramel, candy sugar and quite a bit of alcohol. Warming and sweet.
jackl (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers to Leighton (I think) for bringing this to share. The pour’s deep orange brown with a small white head. The nose is peaches, spicy cinnamon, cocoa and runny toffee. The taste is big jammy berry, some hot mulled cider, toffee and more spice. Lightly woody finish. This didn’t take on the heavy bourbon flavors as much as some of the other barley wines we tried. Unique. Pretty good.