Odysseyalien (43) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Age unknown but it looks like the one in the picture at this site.
No head when poured. Thin lacing...almost cirrus cloud-like formations as it’s sipped away. Golden in color in my snifter...a few bits of light sediment accumulating at the bottom of the glass.
The taste comes on in fine British barley wine style -- malts up front...raisins...pepper...light hops...yum.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit too thin on the palate for my taste. Almost like sipping water on the backend. Too bad cause this might otherwise have been one of the best British barley wines out there for the price. The "thiness" of the backend killed it for me. Not sure if I’ll buy this one again.
Hermod (3355) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle, bbe 2019/JUL. Clear copper, thin white head. Dark fruits, soaked raisins, figs, alcohol in aroma. Flavor has raisins, sweetness, bready notes, malt. Sweet, alcohol comin through a little. Ok sipper, nothing more.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
edsspoon (464) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - reddish amber with a light brown head which quickly fizzles away. Aroma of apricot, plum and brandy with some caramel and roasted malt hints. A slight burning aroma of alcohol. Taste starts off with pine and malts, followed by plum and some hints of; roast malt, orange and clove. Slightly warming and medium sweet. Light dry body with a prickly carbonation, slightly sticky.
Stuu666 (2857) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear copper, caramel and toffee, light dried fruit, sweet.
finol (2198) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Nya Carnegiebryggeriet.
Pours redish amber with a small head.
A smooth, balanced BW with hidden alcohol. Taste of red berries, butterscotch and some hops.
johndoughty (4001) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bronze with a small head. Sweetness dominates with as is to be expected a strong presence of alcohol. A bit overpowering but still a pleasant experience.
Lawger (110) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours lightish brown with a small and transient head. Intense, sweetish aroma with loads of tropical fruits, a lightly roasted hint, some honey and a bit of flowers. In some ways quite reminiscent of a sauternes wine but with added maltiness. Sweetish on the palate but with nice freshness. Butterscotch and light maltiness dominates. No real bitterness or alcoholic burn save for a slightly warmin feeling all the way down the throat.
Finn (4315) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 4, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske 0,33l fra Systembolaget, e-beställning. Kjøpt sammen med og delt med Rune under rateseanse på Nerstranda 27 Mai 14. Gyldenbrun. Lavt luftig skum. God aroma av frukt & malt. Hint av mandler. Smaken er mandler. Antakeligvis alkoholen som manifisterer seg slik. Uvariert. Helheten blir vel søt & klissen.
Rune (8205) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Systembolaget e-beställning. Low bubbly, lacing layer at the top of a slightly unclear amber coloured body. Dried fruity aroma added by brown malts. Taste of dried fruit, almond, and caramel malts. Dry and sweet ending. Mostly masked alcohol. Near full bodied. Likable, but very little to keep all the sweetness at bay (shared with Finn at his place, Tromsø 27.05.2014).
mikeyo1 (236) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ home. Amber clear color with a little white head, small bubbles. Aroma is sweet, malty, and has a grainy rye-like feeling accompanied by lots of ripe plums, caramel, some toffee, bread and a well integrated alcohol note. Soft carbonated, big mouth feel. Sweet taste with plums, red currant, dried fruits, tofee, caramel, butterschotch and some oak notes. Finishes with a subtle and lasting spicy bitterness. Nice barley wine, but i guess it will become more complex as it ages.
HULK777 (373) - - APR 10, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fruity aroma, balanced with caramel and hints of raisins. Caramel, peppermint cadycane, and bread taste. Well hidden alcohol taste. Not that heavy. Nice, subtle bitterness in the aftertaste.