JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into red wine glass. I myself have had this bottle for 4-5 months, not sure how long it sat on the shelf before that.
Pours a nice reddish-copper, fairly clear, with a thin, soapy layer of bubbles and a smattering of lace.
Nose is toasty, rich with notes of caramel and toffee, even cocoa, a dark fruitiness, and a light but sharp piney hop note. Very enticing.
Flavor is again loaded down with rich notes of caramel and toffee, lightly toasty, a bit of cocoa, dark fruits and light citrus, with a rich, piney hop note overlaying the malt body. Hop bitterness is biggest towards the middle of the palate, and on the long, lightly bitter finish, which carries with it echoes of the big malt sweetness, alongside a bit of alcohol warmth and a bit of prickly hops as well.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, full bodied and maybe a bit syrupy. Quite drinkable, though - the alcohol is tucked away enough to not be a hindrance, while still allowing a bit of spicy warmth to poke through.
Had this one with some stilton and fig-cinnamon chutney on sourdough. Delicious once it warmed up.
tandembrauer (1094) - Stavanger, NORWAY - AUG 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal, Stavanger. Pours hazy amber with little off-white head. Aroma of caramel, some roasted notes, raisins. Taste is pretty bitter. Medium bodied.
Borup (11318) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from a bottle. Hazy amber colour with an ff-white head. Aroma and flavour of dried fruit, caramel, malt, spice, alcohol, hops and a sweet finish.
stevoj (3854) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Grunt fill from Albertsons. Initially thought it may have gone flat, but it’s a mild pour with a fairly heavy weight. Mahogany pour with a ring if beige head. Malt and molasses on the aroma, taste also is malt forward. A bit of a tang on the tail end, finishes sweet. Doesn’t seem overly boozy.
Alengrin (4467) - BELGIUM - JUL 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
As Moylan’s Old Blarney Barleywine Style Ale, bomber bought at De Caigny. Creamy, rather thick and dense, regular, lightly lacing, pale yellowish beige head over a truly beautiful coppery vermillion red, clear beer with fierce fizz rising up through the glass, sustaining the head. Rich and sweet aroma of toffee, biscuit, dried fig, gingerbread, brown rum, bitter honey, apricot, candied orange, cookies, dried ginger powder, strawberry liqueur, candied cherry, dry earth, hints of walnut shells, fried egg, grapefruit peel, brandy, hazelnut oil, amaro, raw beetroot, dried banana. Sweetish onset, lots of dried fruit, candied orange and yellow raisin with a basic, underlying sourish balance and some faint cured meat-like umami somewhere, bittering flavors already apparent in an early stage, spritzy carbo, supple oily body, slick and a bit resinous but perhaps somewhat less vinous than expected from the style, still full and creamy though, with a notably caramelly and very nutty malt middle quickly turning toasted bitter, a bitterness further reinforced with a firm dosis of hoppiness, spicy and peppery in character with subdued grapefruity notes retronasally. This hop bitterness is long-stretched and a tad tonic water-like in the end, blending in well with the bittersweet maltiness which goes down the throat smoothly. Rum-like alcohol heat is undeniable, balancing on the brink of astringency and making the ending perhaps a tad more wry than it could and should have been, a bit reminiscent of some classic bitter liqueur. Pleasant warm bittersweetness lingers in the throat for a long time after swallowing. In all, very typical American style barleywine, lots of malt fruitiness and sweetness as well as alcohol warmth, and also lots of hop bitterness. Very enjoyable sipper, though admittedly there are still more complex and refined examples in this particular league of beers.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 15, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great taste of caramel, butterscotch, chocolate. Long lasting flavour, not too sweet.
beertholomeus (1689) - California, USA - JUN 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a burnt amber color with an off white head. Caramel, toffee, floral, pine, resin, toast, biscuit, fruity hop, molasses and light booze aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Molasses, toffee and booze finish.
Skinnyviking (8660) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl. bottle. Medium high fluffy off-white head. Hazy amber body. Wineous sweet honney nuts aroma and flavor. Very hoppy. Low carbonation. Long finish.
SHIG (4525) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Poured a caramel with a tan color head. Aroma is light malt. Taste was sweet sticky boozy and malt.
alexanderj (3531) - Branson, Missouri, USA - APR 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Colort was a brownish amber color. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, ripe fruit, and earth/roasted. Malty, alcohol hidden. Would have liked more sweetness. Earthy and roasted
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap @ the brewpub during RateBeer weekend. Reddish orange appearance with an off white head. Caramel, berry candy, and burnt sugar in the nose. High boost and quite sweet. Cough syrup, caramel, toffee, and raspberries in the flavor. No thanks.