bergstaden (1007) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with off white head - aroma of malts and some dark fruits - tastes of sweet malts, some dark fruits - the sweety malt continues into a lingering finfish - this was very nice
JStax (2601) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a mini snifter. Pours a dark copper to amber color with a persistent sheet of beige foam constantly atop the beer. The aroma has great dark fruit complexities to it, with hints of raisin, plum, and prunes. Taste is hearty dark sweetness. This is a fine beer, that’s for certain. Too bad it’s now retired.
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, batch 435, bottled 18/6/09, best by 18/6/14. Mostly clear darker red color. Good thin khaki head, some loose lace. Very nice smooth creamy texture, lighter carbonation. Dark fruit, vinous grapes, chocolate malts, spicy hops. Moderate bitterness, light bite. Slightly viscous finish. Overall, a very enjoyable and interesting barleywine.
olio (5281) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cl bottle @ Gastropub Nordic, Tampere.
Originally rated on 20110304.
Pours hazy amber color with a small head. Aroma of hops, caramel, ripe fruits, some mild alcohol burn and nutty notes. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel, some toffee, alcohol and malts. The alcohol comes through a bit too much, otherwise decent.
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A-- Poured a deep orange brown color. Decent but very short lived carbonation and minimal off white head. Never got more than a 1/4 of an inch and quickly faded to spotty film. On swirling got the same results. Quick build up and quick fade.
S-- Lots of stewed plumbs and cherries, thick and sweet smell, burnt carmel tones as well with this. More like a Dark Belgian Ale but much sweeter and touches of hazelnut.
T-- Thick stewed plumbs and cherries again. Very syrupy front .
M-- Very little carbonation with this. Very syrupy feel as well. More like a Belgian Dark Ale but more syrupy and less carbonated.
Touches of booze in the mouth and does thin out in the end. Not by much though. Kind of a medicinal syrupy finish. Like cherry cough medicine.
D-- Not a bad home brew at all.
nick76 (4145) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 The aroma is alcoholic with butterscotch, toffee, caramel, and pine. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a beer I like well but maybe too strong.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper brown, thin beige head, light lacing. Aroma of alcohol, quite sweet, malty, molasses, brown sugar. Flavour of alcohol, burnt sugar, quite sweet, fruity.
Alcoholic mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes long, boozy, sweet.
Not bad, a bit warming though.
650ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida.
Opened in July 2010.
Didn’t record bottle information.
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 6/18/2009. Pours extremely cloudy reddish brown color with a small 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, toffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, cocoa, earth, herbal, pine, molasses, and honey. Very nice and well balanced malty aromas with good complexity. Taste of caramel, molasses, raisin, prune, pear, apple, herbal, floral, earth, toffee, chocolate, toast, biscuit, pine, honey, and light spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, apple, toast, biscuit, chocolate, honey, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors with good complexity, and no cloying sweetness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed well after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent barleywine. Great flavor balance and complexity; and quite smooth to sip on as well. Highly enjoyable stuff.
Arve_Christian (2736) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Backlog nov/dec 2010.
On bottle from Vinmonopolet.
Dark color, some foam.
Dried fruit aromas & resembles those of strong wine.
Full body & high complexity.
Sweet and some unbalance.
Ok, but not my preferred style
madmitch76 (13364) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1st December 2009
Pigs Ear! Bottle thanks to Rune! Cheers my tall Norwegian friend! Cloudy brown beer. Light malty nose. Light light fluffy palate. Rich but light malt. Light Port WIne and a little brandy. Finishes light and dry.