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.
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.
Odysseyalien (38) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious barleywine. Mikkeller has done a nice take on the American barleywine. Really tasty treat and while this is difficult to find in the Norhtern NJ/New York City I wonít hesitate to pick another up when I see it.
pharkanklaus (34) - KBH N, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden red and slight hazy. The surface tension reveals that this beer has quite a bit of sweetness to balance its alcohol.
smell is deep with sweet, fruity aromas, port and damped spices that makes you crave for a sip.
The alcohol is remarkably well hid in the nose as well as in the mouthfeel (for such a young and strong barleywine.
The taste explosion is incredible and demands your full attention. It has portwine features. It is a beer that should be sipped.
The best barley wine iíve had.
Mallucci (32) - ITALY - FEB 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Una birra ambrata sfumata con una testa color Panna arancione. Líaroma Ť molto luppolata - agrumata su un corpo leggermente maltato e caramellato. Il sapore Ť dolce con note forti di malto, alcol, e agrumate cosž come le note medio di zucchero e caramello, portando ad un finale secco, amaro, e zuccherino.
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden color with a very small white head. Smells very boozy with lots of citrus notes, possibly apricot or tangerine. Taste confirms the smell, strong citrus flavor with a very boozy finish, i guess thatís to be expected from an 18.5% ABV beer. The alcohol flavor becomes even more apparent as the beer warms. Overall a solid release from Mikkeller but very different from your traditional Barley Wine.
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.
Cannile (15) - California, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To be honest with you, I hate these "beer rating" websites, I feel they overshadow the real gems that are out there with "top beers" bias when consumers are in front of that beer selection looking to make a purchase, especially in this smart-phone-saturated day and age. But, because I finally opened this on-a-whim purchase that I made well over a year ago, I figured Iíd provide a review. Pours a fairly-clear (but not filtered) gold color, low-mild carbonation, mild lacing upon swirling. Smells of booze, tons of caramel, vanilla, spice, and a hint of dark fruit. Light-medium body. Tastes as it smells. There is a little heat after swallowing, but that comes with anything 18.5% abv. Stellar stuff. Take my advice ..... share this bottle with a friend, do not drink this entire bottle by yourself like I have.
goatboy (12) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opened after 1.5 years of cellaring, Pour is a Cloudy, Hazy, Murky Brown with almost non-existent carbonation and no head. Aroma is sweet earthy fruit, caramel, bubble-gum & hops. Flavour is similar with lots of fruit, dates, orange, caramel, apple and hops. texture is slightly oily and defiantly full bodied. this beer has a sweet warming astringent alcohol finish and is enjoyable
Celest (9) - - AUG 12, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
too strong, however a very big barleywine, malty caramel alchoolic taste. warm!