avantdagare (134) - 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 (127) - - 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 (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.
Odysseyalien (43) - 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 won’t hesitate to pick another up when I see it.
Tmr (37) - - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: golden honey? large pure white head? light-no carbonation/ huge legs
S: alcohol dried fruits/ small honey/ yeast
T: blackberry/ bitter/ dried fruits/ honey/ Alcohol
Body: big/ rich/ oily/ boozy/ warming
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 i’ve had.