douglas88 (6135) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crazy wax-dipped 500ml jar. Very unusual. Pours a mostly clear ruby color with a medium white head. A sweet candy nose with dusty caramel. A very sweet and dusty flavor: some caramel, candied fruit, cherries, dry finish. Light warmth. Pretty nice, one-sided affair though.
Gluepot (64) - 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 (4427) - 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 (1661) - 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 (4634) - 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 (1671) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2014 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.
2011 bottle, tasted in October 2014. Hazy deep dark orange with a thin, ring, white, disappearing ring of a head. Smells of deep malt, with lots of cherry, black berries and apple cider, caramel and a bit Woody. Full oily body. Tastes of sweetness right off the bat with a sour berry finish. Caramel. Background of soft spice and wood. Nearly three years old and it’s very fruity. Can’t taste the alcohol at all.
Zer0 (1132) - 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 (5443) - 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 (5473) - 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.
cfrancis (2410) - 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.
Atheist_Peace (968) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Vintage drunk on October 2, 2013. Everyone else at the table was a much bigger fan of this than I was. It’s classic barleywine—big and rich with lots of deep malt flavours and some spice. Super full body.