ngeaney (96) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark amber to reddish brown in color with little to no head on this beer, a typical barley-wine looking beer. The aroma is loaded with sweet malt extracts, caramel and toffee, a sweet barley-wine that is quite fruity with no alcohol in the aroma which is good. Very heavy and thick flavors to this beer ranging from malt, dark fruits, sugar and some alcohol.
The finish was long and enjoyable, dark fruits and raisins with a light bitterness in the finish.
Grima (2201) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with Cunningham. Thanx a lot for this one!!
Bottled 18.06.09 So it is aged for 5 years! Pours murky brown with a very small head. Smell has toffee, chocolate, caramel, raisin and dark fruits. Starts with a strong malt base and massive aromas of dried fruits, toffee and caramel. Middle part has some spicy notes as well as sweet fruits and toffee. Finish is alcoholic warming, including aromas of dried fruits, biscuit, caramel and fruity hop notes. Truly an excellent barley wine!!!
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted and caramelized malts are balanced out by bitter hop resins in this classic English-style Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the murky brownish dark red.
-This is still quite bitter after all these years. It must have been intensely bitter early on...
-Oxidation is present but works nicely with the specialty malts and their residual sugars.
-Mild strawberry fruitiness is found underneath (usually a combination of hop geraniol and caramelized sugars).
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 6-25-2011 (Bottle) This beer forms a small tan head that mostly diminishes, hazy orange body, fizzy, fast rising carbonation, lots of floaties, and no lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, citrus hops, fruity, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, caramel malt, fruity, citrus hops, alcohol, and has a dry finish. The mouthfeel is tingly carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This beer has a very dry finish and is a sipping beer. It is worth trying.
ddemmingjr (786) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle aged over 4 years. Pours clear brown with off white head that recedes quickly. Nose of caramel malts, brown sugar, raisins, molasses
and a bit of mustiness. Biscuit and caramel malts smoothness and sweetness along with raisin, brown sugar and some mild abv heat on the finish. Great depth and aged superbly
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wouldn’t say I don’t like it, but I probably wouldn’t seek it out again. It’s good, but tastes a little too much like cough syrup for me.
phaleslu (7825) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Bottled 18.06.09. Pours a hazed chestnut brown with a finger of beige head that goes thin and lasts. Some yeast floaters. Aroma of brown sugar, dried leaves, toffee, sweet boozy bread, mild spice, and toasted nuts. Flavor of earth, sweet boozy bread, pecans, brown sugar, raisins, dates, and dry leaves. Medium-bodied, with a malty, boozy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Good 4-year-old barley wine.
ration (2036) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This review is exported from olutopas.info with no comment. Original rating date 4.3.2011
Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Powerful and scrumptious aroma with lots of sweet malts, toffee, raisins, butterscotch and some wood overtones. Cloudy dark mahagony brown. Sweet and delicious flavor with lots of caramel, toffee, oak and a bit of resinous hops. Full flavored, complex and silky smooth in the mouth. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Finishes sweet and malty with a nice alcohol tang. A brew that I have really enjoyed drinking! Need to find me some more of these.
Alexus (241) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at Bjorleik, Bergen. Courtesy of Tor Ivar Lyse. Wow! What a barley wine. Really well balanced and rich aromas and flavors. Aged a couple of years. Will brew a clone of this recipe. One of the best barley wines I’ve tried, smooth alcohol.