Ungstrup (32872) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled.A dark brown beer with a red shine under a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of malt and caramel, as well as light notes of soy sauce. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of wood, caramel, and soy sauce, leading to a dry woody finish. Huge thanks to yespr for sharing.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from Once Upon a Vine, Richmond. Dark and slightly opaque pour, the cloudiness recalling Goudenband or something in that range. Strong yeasty aroma, with hints of intense roasted malt. Not sure that mix is too successful, but there it is. Mouthfeel is average, with a slightly waxy feel. The taste is characterized by more or less the same tension that you find in the nose: a smooth candied malt presence (Belgian strong mixed with barleywine) with a dry, dusky finish. It doesn’t always work, and my impressions vary sip to sip it seems. Not bad, but yikes, the price is ridiculous.
MrGGen (326) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Il colore nero la fa assomigliare quasi ad un stout.L’aroma ha la dolcezza dello zucchero e della frutta candita.Gusto d’avena,con un grande corpo, un pò di malto amaro e cioccolato scuro.Profondamente complesso.Come un incrocio fra una forte stout secca e una barley wine dolce. Squisita.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, yeast and notes of spice. The flavour is sweet caramel malt, dark fruit and mild spices. Medium bodied and smooth mouthfeel. This is pretty good.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What to expect from an Italian barley wine? Discovery is what it’s about and this one did it well with a deft focus on fruitiness. Cloudy deep brown to prune bodied covered by a 1cm lasting head. Incredible range of fruit flavours reached on make for a vinous, almost juicy offerings where you can feel the 8.5% ABV, but it passes well under this vinous side. So yeast and malt interplays produce an all-in fruity range over a solid toasty foundation. Forget about hops in here, they were not invited. Strong raisins - dried-, figs, blueberries, this is not particularly complex, but still a most pleasant potion. If anything, I’d welcome some tannins to carry the sweetness away towards the end.
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown. Small tan head. Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, dried fruit. Flavor: Caramel malt, dried fruit, yeast, somewhat bitter. Bitter finish.
leaparsons (9492) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with purple tints and a small head. Aromas are chocolate and liquorice with coffee and berries. Molasses with some smokiness. Flavours are sweet molasses with vinous berries. Caramel with some nutty notes. Woody towards the finish. Good.
cgarvieuk (19720) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home ... from my GBBF haul ... rich sweet vinoues malt nose ... not really a barley wine nose ... sweet rich plums ... heavy malt ... toasted oats ... quite sweet ... medium bitter ... medium carbonation ... bit too heavy and intense...
RichardGretton (4561) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Muddy brown beer with a hopped, subtle vinous and malty aroma. The flavour is largely roasted, nicely bitter and hopped. Overall a very nice gently bitter and roasted beer.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a deep bvrown amber with a one finger tan head that fades to a ring leaving good lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, light roasted malt, and some floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma but more prominent. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Very good.