smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a delicious barley wine. Pours a very opaque dark amber color (caramel?) with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a bit funky. Very floral, earthy, and sweet smelling. You can definitely sense the presence of alcohol in the aroma. Surprisingly sweet tasting. I was expecting a lot of warmth from the alcohol but it was not as strong as I anticipated. In fact, I dare say that it’s a drinkable barley wine! That sounds kind of oxymoronic, but I believe it to be true. I’ve become a very vocal supporter of Mikkeller beers since first tasting the brewery’s offerings a couple years ago, and this is just another example of why Mikkeller is one of the world’s finest breweries. Kudos!
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle shared by Marcus. Pours apple juice color. Aroma is acidic and the flavor is like a brandy. Very creamy and yet smooth.
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.
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 (148) - 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 (147) - 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.
Celest (135) - - AUG 12, 2013
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!
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 (70) - 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.