Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a golden, amber, colour with a very short lasting off-white head. Aroma is plenty of hops, caramel, malt. Taste is very good, medium sweetness, full body, thick feel, soft carbonation, long alcoholic finish.
M82 (174) - 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
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, candy. Pours a very transparent light orange. Flavor is very much fruity hops. Very tropical fruits, mango, orange, pineapple. Alcohol burn is minimal, surprisingly. Very juicy, malty center. Good hop finish. Surprisingly drinkable and hoppy for a barleywine of this magnitude.
Peregrinari (142) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
too sweet with an unpleasant sour taste. Astringent in taste as well as aroma. Not really my thing.
avantdagare (103) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 375ml bottle shared with good friends, luckily because this beer is very strong.
The alcohol is very well masked though. Almost no head, amber color.
Nose: this smells sweet, hints of toffe and alcohol. Taste: toffee, overripe papaya and figs, maple-syrup, acacia-honey, even some touches of licorice at the very end of the aftertaste. Some chest-warming sensations from the alcohol appears after a while. Worked very well with dark lemon-flavored chocolate, both not so well with blue cheese. A great dessert-beer and a great Barley Wine.
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish brown with no head. Sweet aroma with notes of, and I’m drunk......
AKSalmon (74) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
This one is cloudy orange with a little head the dissipates quickly. The aroma is honey. Taste very very honey sweet with an alcohol finish. It flows across the palate slightly sticky. Overall way way to sweet for my taste.
NMC01 (69) - DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Sweet cookie-like malty and grainy flavour, and a fair amount of hops. The alcohol is noticeable though tolerable in spite of the fact that it holds 17.6% ABV and this beer is truely winish and a dedicated long drink. Very nicely carbonated for this thick barley wine and that suites this vigourisly strong "wine" well.
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 I’m still getting my head around barleywines.
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.