Davros (1725) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murky brown with a small head.
Nose shows rich sweet syrupy malt with some soft oxidative notes, a little booze, gingerbread, spicy phenols and a red wine note. Lovely.
Sweet flavours. Oxidative notes, brown sugar, woody notes, soft tannins and a strong port character. Some booze but itís reasonable well integrated.
Nice syrupy body and light carbonation.
StevieT (205) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, this is strong, so, so strong, like Hulk strong. Lovely aroma that tricks you into thinking itís not too strong, but it is! This will sneak up on you and leaving you broken and crying in the gutter. Youíve been warned.
ShaneJ (307) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Slowbeer. Murky dark brown, minimal head, caramel, sherry/port, honey, quite alcoholic, sweet, some yeasty characters, slick, oily texture. Too much beer for me!
stoutnick (287) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark murky grunge. Aroma is rich caramel, booze - port like. Taste is caramel, thick and full bodied. Very mild tang. Rich toffee finish. Palate is sticky. Great barleywine.
Lunkie (1309) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour cherry malt aroma. Brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sour cheery malt flavour. Fizzy palate.
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Chrishrt30 (57) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I may have poured this one badly...looks like muddy water with no head.
The aroma is a knock out, like a warm honey liquor. Strong cinnamon, milk chocolate and spices are detectable, but the alcohol is definately there, this beer scares me.
The flavour is, damn good, not what I expected. First up you get a fantastic malt, brown sugar and warm honey. Then the tartness and what can only be described red tannins come through, like a thick Pinot or cab sauv. An epic journey this beer, I've never really liked barley wines before, but this one definately had convinced me otherwise.
The finish is sweet and boozy, sipped like a nice port.
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Sevenlee (1060) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy brown colour with a small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, toastiness, raisins, honey, wine notes, oak, and all sorts of other goodies. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet and alcoholic finish. Quite a heavy drinking beer but fantastic!
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No real head mild carbonation murky brown pour aromas rich toffee caramel brandy honey raisin dried fruit the flavours strong grape taste red wine the barrels influence two different tastes one rich one sharp both great for the ale rich honey caramel a dry note such a rich good bodied drink the finish best tastes the influences of the barrels is important so well done fruit tastes and rich malts dryness a really good barleywine
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Muddy, dull and lifeless; chestnut brown in colour. There is booze in the nose but the thickness of the waft drowns it out completely. Plummy, musty, savoury fruit mince doused in thick, nutty praline dominates the heady aroma with nuances of garden loam, fresh, ripe figs, rice wine, fried enoki mushroom. Yeasty, oily and heady with boozy sherry giving so much warmth to the swallow but also encompassing the palate - this is the stuff of íAí level alcoholics kicking it oldschool. Toffee, praline and savoury dried fruits fill it out. It has a saltiness to it; balanced but not altogether a harmonious affair. Buttery, though I donít expect it is diacetyl. The barrel-aging offering little as it is heavy, muddy and yeast ridden. The presence of a cheap, fortified wine, I canít see this being a classic. Loose and rushed to be honest. Had high hopes. Not up to scratch! (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 1/6/2013. Pours a super murky brown with a small thin head. Has a powerful aroma of stewed fruit, plums, prunes, dates, raisins and more than a touch of booze. All of the aforementioned also feature in the flavour, along with a good dash of strawberry, some cherry, and a touch of honey. The palate is quite sticky and the carbonation low. Thereís certainly a distinct vinous, alcoholic character to it, but itís still quite easy to drink for a beer thatís 14.6%. A very interesting, rather impressive brew. Not really a typical barley wine - the closest reference point I can think of is Rochefort 10, but this is better.