Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2008 Bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Gothenburg. Brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma and taste of american hops, grapefruit, toasted sweet malt, nuts, chocolate, alcohol, wood and caramel. Both very sweet and very bitter. Full bodied. Half a bottle was almost too much.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 21, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s labeled as a barleywine, but it’s more reminiscent of a lighter baltic porter in my opinion. Pours a dark chocoalte colour, nice huge nutty head. aroma is soft of roasted malts and dark chocolate- however the mouthfeel is very full, lots of breadiness, dry and alcohol flavor. My first norwegian brew i believe- very impressive.
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Biggest head ever ever in the category for barleywine ... i heard rose neihland had a hand in this ... leaves a nice sticky hoppy sweet-bitter smack ... no abv detected ... a great no holds bar barleywine (american or IIPA?) ... LS
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown-amber pour with a foamy off-white head that lasts. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, grapefruit peel and alcohol. Sweet malt and light fruit flavor. Sweeter than your average IIPA. Long, slightly bitter grapefruit hops finish. A solid brew, but not a great IIPA.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a darker brown color than the bottle with burgundy tints when held up to the light. it’s topped by a soft frothy head and some spotty lacing. aromas of chocolate malt/dark grains, fruit, grass, brown sugar, a touch of molasses, pine and alcohol when it warms. the palate is just moderately sweet... for a dipa or bw! the flavors are rather faint... maybe restrained?... grainy/chocolate malt, earth, spice, grassy/herbal/almost generic hops. it finishes nicely dry and bitter with the hops stinging a little in the aftertaste. medium body is rather light from the lack of sugars. soft slick mouth feel turns a bit parching. it’s not great... but very refined and mellow. good for sippin’ on.
Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/amber colour with an off-white tan. Aroma is hops and malt, caramel. Flavor is exceptional, caramel, nuts, malt. It seems the beer itself is also confused on wther to be a Barley WIne or an Double IPA. It seems to be somewhere in the middle. Very good indeed.
OldMrCrow (2384) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle, Fresh 7/4/8/4/15.
Pours a deep dark brown with a caramel glow. The aromas are all about the nuttiness, the barleywine toffees, even some roast -- but in the flavor, chocolate caramel and grapefruit pith, lovely full smooth mouthfeel with just a touch of heat. This is actually really solid, hard to characterize as either barleywine or IIPA not because it’s some kind of wild experiment but rather because it’s just a very nice beer for what it is and then later, when you try to categorize, the categories don’t quite fit.
This one reminds me of a mellowed-out Stone 11th Anniversary. Really nice.
Two year old bottle, Nov 21 ’09. At two years of age this one -- a harbinger of the Black IPA trend, perhaps -- has really come into its own, and even become something very special. Almost no heat from the 10%, wonderfully rich and smooth.Some serious hop bite remains and powerfully backs the overall flavor, but now the beer is all about the dark smoky chocolates and rich caramels that the heavy malt profile. As it approaches room temperature the complexity shines. A superb strong ale.
I’ll average the ratings.
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown big head nose is bitter hops and maybe some alcohol. flavor was wooow big bitterness, malts but a burnt flavor, some dark fruit, very warming, maybe i should have had this in the winter, will try again and re-rate
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from South Bay Drugs. Barley Wine? Double IPA? Has numerous characteristics from both styles. Pours a very dark brown, darker than most Barley Wines. A thin beige head with a tad bit of lacing. Good size amount of hops on the nose with some toasted malt and dark fruit. Finish was malty and quite bitter.
Bananamaniac (35) - Kristinehamn, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle shared with Ljunkan @ Bishop’s Arms - Karlstad. Impressive beer! Extreme bitterness, nutty and caramellish flavours. Excellent beer as always from Nøgne Ø. Cheers to our Norweigan friends!