bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(375ml bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear yellow body with a spare white head. Aroma of peach, apricot, caramel, medicinal, and alcohol. Flavor of peach, alcohol, pine, grass, and citrus with a bitter finish.
djd07 (2533) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Night after Monsters. Pours a cloudy orange with small off white head. Floral hop and alcohol aroma. Medium mouthfeel with sweet hop and honey and alcohol burn in the finish. A very good barleywine from Mikkeller.
Chuckaduck (577) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque dark green-amber with a thin off-white that sees no need to hang around for very long. Aroma is booze for days, vanilla and dark fruit. I enjoy big, boozey barleywines, so we’re off to a great start. Flavor is lots of alcohol. some bourbon, dark fruits and vanilla again. Surprisingly simple for what it’s worth, but very nice. I would definitely get this again.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: June 05, 2010
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, creamy off white head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, fruity sweetness, balancing earthyness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of fruityness, caramel sweetness, plenty of backing earthyness
Date: May 18, 2011
Source: Taco Mac, The Fred
Appearance: hazy orange, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, candy sweetness
Overall: not near the earthyness of the young bottles, much more a sweet fruity candy
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Slightly hazy straw-orange body, thin ring of off-white carbonation with light lacing. Nose of apple or pear juice, dusty and estery with clove, leafy hops, and dirty bubblegum. Hot, prickly body with lots of candi sugar, white grape, pear, and dusty, bitter cider-like apple; also leafy hops and resins and hints of rubber cement. Sharply carbonated; not heavy or cloying, but begging small sips and slow enjoyment. An exercise in restrained brutality.
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught in snifter....Clear yellow pour, seriously looks like budweiser or something similar...Aroma is sweet almost candy like...Taste is sweet with some caramel and fruit but mostly alcohol and more alcohol and when I got past the alcohol really just way too sweet.
magdalar (513) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange. smells of sweet citrus, plum and phenols. Tastes of sweet candy, berries, oranges and finishes with loads of phenols. Body is full. Texture is syrupy. Carbonation is soft.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, ITALY - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010-06-19, bottle, 8-4-7-4-15=38
Hazy amber color. I’m quite amazed to find a fruity aroma; it’s then followed by evident alcohol, and this is less surprising. The body has a medium strength, and there is a first impression of (Tuscan) mixed beans soup, a bit malty, caramel, sweet, some bubblegum. Correct bitterness, with some alcohol but not as much as the draught one.
2010-02-19, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-5-8-3-15=39
Hazy red amber color; medium creamy head. The aroma is very fruity (apricot jam over all) sweet, and already some alcohol shows; it’s possibly flowery too, orchids. Good body structure, solid but not sticky; sweet caramel flavor, unfortunately immediately there is a burning alcohol coming up; strong bitterness, not as much as the sweetness and alcohol though; it seems that in the final too there is still some sweet fruit jam.
Very far away from an expectation of Barley Wine, at times it tastes like a mix of Very Strong European Lager and fruity Ale; extreme, drinkable, difficult, with too much alcohol to be fully appreciated.
2010-01-11, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 9-5-8-3-16=41
Hazy amber color, small head, nice lace. The aroma is delicate but very fruity, more than many other beers, lightly sweaty.
Good body but too high alcohol content, burning. Good malt and caramel flavor, fruity, sweet, very alcoholic. Strong bitterneess. Too burning. Stong bitterness, but overwhelmed by anything else in here.
bhensonb (9817) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits (via joshuahfl). Pours hazy gold with a few bubbles. Aroma is deeply warming alcohol with something like persimmon notes. Full bodied. There’s a lot of caramel, moderate heat. Otherwise flavor is candied fruit. Would be interesting to see how this aged, but sadly this is my only bottle!
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky reddish copper with a acidic and fruity aroma. It looks like an unfiltered apple juice. There is also a very sweet fruity flavor with some vanilla and a hot alcohol trail. This should be cellared for a while before drinking.