Odysseyalien (48) - 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.
Nische (987) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red/orange, thin white head. Lots of wheat, malt, burnt caramel in the nose. More burnt caramel and grainy malt in the taste along with a hint of fruit. Lingering nutty wheat taste.
kryon (1553) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with minimal off white head
Aromas of sweet corn, loads of caramel, alcohol, dried fruits
Taste has nice notes of dried fruits, caramel, ripe fruits, alcohol
mabuzzer (187) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, alcohol. Taste is malty sweetness, with little bitterness and a thick, oily texture. My first ever barley wine and certainly won’t put me off
ramboraffe (840) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Clear amber with white head. Smell is vinous, with raisin and dried fruit. Taste is sweet caramel malty with wine dried fruit and raisins. Alcohol hidden, but adds a warming mouth feel. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.
Hermod (3769) - 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 (679) - 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 (5366) - 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 (2303) - 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 (4148) - 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 (179) - 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.