Scopey (9030) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to J-Dogg. It pours murky deep brown with a minimal beige heard. The nose is brown bread, fruit cake, raisin, candied peel, honey, wood and brown sugar. The taste is rich, juicy, fruit cake, plummy, faint vinous, wood, grape peel, toffee, wood, plum skin and earth with a dry finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth feel. Nice depth. Solid.
williamblake (5) - - DEC 13, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Pours a thick amber colour, with some, if little head. The smell is immediately very sweet, caramel orientated with other sweet flavours in there. You can get a whiff of the wine if you smell again, but the locus of the wine becomes easier after your first sip. The hops are definitely overridden by the malt in this one, a great, sweet barley wine, which did go down very auspiciously with brie and fig jam, and which I would describe as a dessert beer. The taste enters very sweetly into the palate, a kind of visceral effect of eating sticky date pudding eventuates, but this becomes quite ostensibly overridden by the liquid taste of sweet, delicious beer, red wine, shiraz?, pinot?, caramel, hops and honey. The concatenation of the ingredients presides over just over 14% alcohol. Take your time on this one and you will enjoy it. The alcoholic content is delightful.
Davros (2323) - 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 (995) - 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 (727) - 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 (732) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2015 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 (1565) - 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 (102) - 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 (1566) - 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 (3600) - 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