Vinzents (18) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 cl sample at Copenhagen Beer Festival. Dark with a sweet taste and rich flavor.
baggio (316) - norrtšlje, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apperance: Orange with a small, beige, head.
Aroma: Citric notes, Caramel, Hint of alcohol and pine.
Taste: Caramel, Alcohol, Berries, Citric notes and some syrupy notes.
Palate: Low carbonation with massive sweetness that is held somewhat back by the massive amount of hops used. Way more balanced that i expected it to be.
I was very impressed by this brew. Even though it is quite sweet there has been an effort in trying to hold the sweetness in check by using alot of hops. This was a perfect nightcap.
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange with little/no head. Lots and lots of fruit on the nose, with some caramel and alcohol for good measure. The palate is dominated by the rather intense stewed fruit flavours with an almost whisky-like alcohol burn. Interesting, but Iím still getting my head around barleywines.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2010 Bottle. Hazy brownish orange pour with a short, bubbly white head that doesnít stick around long. Aroma is quite boozy, and fruity as well, with notes of peach, apricot, pineapple, spice and caramel. The alcohol is less noticeable in the flavour, although itís still there, but the fruitiness is much bigger with extra citrus and tropical fruit notes. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and oily, with moderately low carbonation and a slightly warming, sweet and fruity finish that lingers a while. I was all set to find a multitude of faults with this but as it turns out it is actually very pleasant. Not exactly subtle, but considering the abv, this is fairly restrained. Overall a very good brew and great as an after dinner sipper.
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lot more austere than was expecting. Nose is all apricot and bubblegum. In the mouth the alcohol is anot really apparent for such a big beer. Very enjoyable though at $30 for a small bottle I wonít be back for more.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is heavy malt, citrus hop, vineous and heavy fruit. Flavour is caramel, citrus hop, vineous, heavy fruit and high burning alcohol.
Abio (1519) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
For me barley wine, dont seem to get in the category beer, second one I taste, and while the taste is not to bad, the lack of carbonation and foam is a big nono for me as a beer. Dark amber coloured, no head. Lots of sweetness and fruity.
OleR (4606) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap@Plan B, KÝbenhavn. Headless. Slight unclear, brownish amber body. Big, vineos aroma. Tinned dark fruits, sweet malts, and shitloads of fruity and grassy hops. Taste is hot and supersweet, with strong nots of caramelly malts. Bold hop bitterness all he way throughout. Noticable citric fruitiness. Fat body. Mouthfeel is almost syrupy, like a sweet liqueur. Burning alcohol heath in a sweet and hop bitter finish. Kind of balanced, actually, this cute little sipper.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375ml bottle. Amber with a small white head. Big coriander spice in the aroma with a ton of hot and perfumey alcohol. Very sweet flavor with the same spice and hops struggling to stick out over the thick malt sweetness. Thick fruit and toffee, but mostly sweet and spicy. Big alcohol in the finish. Full and syrupy with low carbonation. Needs a lot of time and I donít think Iíll bother waiting to find out if Iím right.
gam (3065) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Medium head carbonation strong a murky brown coloured pour aroma dark fruit caramel pine port wine plum brown sugar brandy flavour big fizz lovely warming feeling brandy raisin pine resin alcohol presence not too strong really smooth tasting barley wine sweetness and bitter both perfect liccorice touch some citrus finish wonderful hop and malt flavours a palate pleaser taste of bitter sweet and fizz smooth lasting flavours