TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of pepsican. Thanks, Andy! Pours a deep luscious brownish hue, a good haziness, some darker amber orange edges glow a bit but a well hazed brew through and through. A cakey tannish head atop stays as a good layer, laces well. Aromas throw sticky caramel, toffee, a bit of oxidation. Orange maramalde, gentle paper, kiss of sherry and dried fruit, a touch raisiny that grows as it warms a bit more, heat, biscuits and toffee. Toast, gentle carmelization grows, sweetness, some spice, and gentle spirit warmth. Well aged but still a ton of good here. Initial is fuller bodied, a bit lighter with age. Some dryness, caramel and biscuits. Gentle toastiness grows, some spice, gentle yeast. Mellow toffee, gentle marmalade, and nuttiness. A touch of suntea, gentle sweet, caramel and toffee, carmelization. Middle is a bit sweet but thinned, mellow dryness, some spice comes in. Gentle paper, toast, and grass. A bit old, but surprisingly this has held up well. A fuller body up front trails off, toasty and caramel, carmelized with gentle spice, kiss of heat. Firm body, a touch of pleasant oxidation. Pretty damn good for the age, has some character. Gentle dark fruit but not as much as the nose and up front element. Pretty solid offering. Would have loved a fresh comparison. A sweeter slant, but perhaps that is wasn’t the case back then. Nice aged offering. Thanks again for the opportunity, Andy! Cheers.
madvike (2519) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Brigadier...thanks Nathan! Pour cloudy ruby with a ton of floaties, next to no head, and lovely legs. Sweet bread, light yeast, toffee, light raisins, some warmth, and a touch of faded hops. This has smoothed out beautifully, with deep, sweet malt, toffee, and warmth and dark chocolate on the finish. Big, full-bodied, and slick, viscous. Wow...I’m blown away at how good this still is!
BuckeyeBoy (2404) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out amber/orange topped with an off white head. Aroma was pit fruit, rich malts, and caramel. Taste more of the sweet caramel and pit fruit leading the way. Finished off with a nice toast malt.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not a clue on the vintage, but big thanks to JohnGalt1!!! - Pours clear and ruddy orange with a tiny off white head....aroma is caramel malt, grainy, fruity sweetness and some slight oxidation...flavour is much more dry than the nose suggested, dry caramel, vanilla, bitter burnt sugar, lt sherry notes...afraid it might be a little long in the tooth, but still a good experience!
Theis (12483) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy amber/brown - offwhite head. High sweetness, candy, low carbonation, sharpness, karklud, vegetables, roasted, licorice, simple and very sweet.
yespr (29418) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl oz bottle, courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours cloudy and golden orange with a small white head. Solid caramelish and overripe fruity barley aroma. Roasted caramelish and solid barley malty flavoured. Lingering malty flavoured with a good hops counter balance. Bitter and roasted flavoured finish.
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber with a tiny off white head. Sweet fruity aroma with toasted malt, caramel and overripe fruits. Flavour was sweet with overripe fruits, caramel, toasted malt and warming alcohol towards the end.
Papsoe (25100) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of CaptainCougar. Almost clear amber golden with a small off-white head. Fat aroma of overripe fruit, caramel and aroma hops. Solid body, classic oxidization, overripe fruit, biscuits and caramel. Solid bitterness. 300809
CanIHave4Beers (2865) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enormous thanks to Cletus for reuniting me with the beer that convinced me that Barley Wines weren’t all hot alcoholic messes. This poured strangely clear with tons of floaties, a beautiful brilliant red color with a nice head. Aroma has a good caramel maltiness and a bit of alcohol, and some apple. The flavor still has some nice hops in there surprisingly enough, with a nice cherry and caramel, alcohol is there but it is very well balanced. I hope the Iced barley wine is this good aged. This stuff is exquisite.
ketchepillar (1025) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shakeyfest 09. Huge thanks to Andy! So many floaties but who cares. Rather sweet like an aged barley wine, no surprise. Good malt complexity. Dries up well with some alcohol kick -nice- on the tongue in the finish. Bit of good tang.