hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an orange with a small white head. The aroma is malty with spice, pine and à hint of booze. The flavor has plum, honey, clove, pine, orange, and licorice. Really hot, but enjoyable.
Chuckaduck (674) - 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.
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My rating number 555 number og the b.... well number of the beer. This hard core barley wine have I enjoyed several times but now its time to get the scoreboard working. Bottled in a small champange bottle with the classic six-twists top. When poured it shows that it holds quite alot of carbonation unlike many classic barley wines. The pour is dark orange almost brownish with a inch high off white head. The nose is huge and sweet. I first notice a sweet caramelish touch like of dark cane sugar, but at the same time there is a mild but still clear bitter hoppyness that takes the aroma away from the all mighty sweetness and instead balance it. There are dried plumpa and rasisins and some alcohol topped with lemon in the aroma too. You really don’t sense that your dealing with a beer holding 17.6 alc. The taste is huge and the palate is medium to fat and makes you think a little of a fine marple sirup. The taste is wild with a finish that due to the alcohol makes your ears itch. Again the hoppyness makes an excellent job in ballacing the sweet notes. Often imo the problem with strong barley wines is that the get almost sickening sweet - way over the top. This one don’t thanks to the bitter hops. Long taste that takes you round in the sweet and bitter spectrum. I see a lounge - chesterfield sofas, huge cigars and the horns of deers on the wall. This is a beer that can match a room like that. Its potent, masculine and well worth drinking - but its stong so share it.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy, alcoholic and sweet with notes of caramell, grapefruit and orange and peach like liqour. Flavour starts on a really sweet caramell note with piney sharp hops and some alcohol. Ends on a really bitter and warming note with a dry lingering hop fruityness alongside light fudge and caramell. Body is big and sticky with some carbonation to lighten things up. Warms the belly (nicely placed alcohol) and way too drinkable for the abv, really dangerous.
magdalar (516) - 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.
delnoche (504) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12.7fl oz wax sealed bottle poured into a pint glass. Cloudy orange with a small white cap. Aroma is candy sugar, honey, biscuit. Flavor is honey, honey, biscuit, alcohol kick, and honey. Wow. Majorly sweet. Alcohol very warming. Definitely a slow sipper.
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Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Crane Alley in Urbana, IL. The best way to describe this one is by comparing it to the Big Worse. It really it is a bigger, bolder, boozier, and, as a result of its strength, a slightly less complex version of Mikkeller’s "weaker" barleywine. Pour is light, bright golden colored, though thick and oily as well with a ring of bright white head. Lots of big fruity apricots and other heavy fruits, buttery malts, and balanced citrus fruits. Overall, a nice sipper that’s just a notch below is lighter counterpart.
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance & Aroma: Slightly desaturated apple juice colored pour fills the snifter a dried apricot deep orange, bone white 1/2" head of variously sized bubbles settles quickly to a perforated sheet and delicate ring
Baked apples rolled into cinnamon, spots of raisins, basically doughy cinnamon rolls, recognizable and familiar layered aromas, alcohol is present, but does not dominate
Taste & Palatte: Crisp acidic apple notes melt into warm spices and rich vibrant caramel malts, individual flavors create unified sense of gourmet cinnamon rolls dipped in brandy, so tasty, raw honey dipped green melons emerge as it warms, familiar flavors create a complex comfort dessert, so rich and warm
Somewhat runny, diluted syrup with a soft drying finish, coating mild alcohol burn is really quite nice, smooth considering alcohol level
Warm and spicy, refreshing and comforting in one beautifully powerful yet mellow barley wine, beer as comfort food, gooey brandy drizzled cinnamon rolls, fantastic
Following review, finished snifter with French D’Affinois double cream cheese and Lars Own Swedish ginger snaps, great suggestion from The Better Cheddar here in KC
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Luminescent red, copper colour with a small white head. Aroma is like a hoppy port-wine. Thick and sweet with a punchy and hoppy finish. Lots of citrus and pine as well. Surprisingly faint traces of alcohol. Taste is largely sweet but nicely balanced by bitter and highly aromatic hops. Resemblant of light port, slightly rum-like. Low carbonation, big body, medium duration. Very nice!
uhre (384) - DENMARK - MAY 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma has alcohol and hops. The flavor is sweet and it has hops and alcohol, in a very balanced way.