pushkinwow (2015) - Ottawa, Ontario, - NOV 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml ceramic bottle from 2009. Clear mahogany with a light biege head that fades to pretty much nothing. Quite sweet with lots of raisin, some plum, fig, caramel and molasses, malt is present but in the background for sure. Mild carbonation, prickly, quite sweet, moderate body, decent finish. I definitely like this better then fresh but not sure if maybe I should have opened it up a little sooner - guess I will have to try a different vintage and find out.
Gluepot (62) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tapped into a 2013 version of this Ontario BW. The nose is soft toffee and that is also the dominant element of the taste profile. The toffee element is delicious, with some balance from bready malt and some hop presence. The texture is a bit thin for a 11.5% barleywine and I would love to get a little more punch from the malt to set off the sweetness.
Beerman6686 (4351) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one poured a very light brown with a beige head. Aroma was of caramel, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Flavor was similar, pretty smooth and a nice example of the style.
artmcd8 (1612) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle contributed by estover. We missed you at this one. Pours a brownish orange with an off-white head. Aromas of dark fruit and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet and the body is medium thick with medium carbonation. I would say this is a near perfect example of the style. No frills.
jmgreenuk (4361) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at worldbeertaste’s temporary leaving The Hague tasting. Poured a cloudy medium amber with a thin white head. The aroma is toffee light caramel. The flavour is medium bitter with a yeast alcohol bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nicely controlled alcohol.
worldbeertaste (1637) - AUSTRIA - FEB 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle,tasted in early 2014. Hazy deep orange brown with a thin, ring, white, disappearing, ring of a head. Smells of sweet cherry, deep delicious malt, caramel and toasted malt, berries. Medium to full oily body. Tasted of toasted malt, berries, some alcohol, and a berry finish. Looking forward to an aged version.
Zer0 (1127) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours cloudy amber. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, citrus, yeast and grassy. Pretty sweet and moderate bitter. Full bodied with thick texture.
kermis (5078) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy golden brown with a tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits, toffee and booze. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Alcohol burn in the finish. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (5261) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample courtesy of and shared with Worldbeertaste.
No head. Low carbonation. Cloudy amber pour. A nice barley wine.
hoppybeerlover (42) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 bottle: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin-lacing white head. Mild, yet enticing, aroma has some pleasant sweet toasty caramel and green hoppiness. Starts with a nice sweet maltiness but thins toward a warming alcoholic finish. The body just doesn’t live up to what the aroma promised. Too thin for a high gravity beer, which makes the alcohol more apparent.
cfrancis (2362) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Pours a dirty brown/gold with an almost still carbonation. Aroma is sweet toffee a small booze and barley. Taste is syrupy, sweet toffee, honey, grains, still a little boozy but has mellowed and is not harsh at all. Well balanced and it’s almost cough medicine sweetness.