superspak (3500) - 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 (3963) - 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 (18659) - , 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.
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tulip. brown cloudy body with tall tan head. Smells of caramel, dough, and raisin. taste is heavy on the malt character there is also some light bitterness, yeasty and also light on the sweetness.
KyotoLefty (7876) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Mike12da. Estery nose, apple, pear, funk. Cloudy brown with lace. Fruity, sweet flavor, with vanilla. Light and clean, not all that interesting really, though it did open up a bit as time passed. Decent.
Cunningham (5728) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy dark brown colour with a beige head. Rich sweet nose with some alcohol. Very sweet flavour, with a lot of fruity notes and some alcohol.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Halden, Norway]
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2012
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Let me preface my review with this statement--I think my bottle was messed up, or at least I hope so. Pours hazy ruby brown with...drumroll please....ABSOLUTELY NO HEAD!! I mean this beer was absolutely flat. Aroma is sweet barley and caramel, very one dimensional. Taste is same but waaaay too sweet. Body is medium, dense, absolutely no carbonation, cloying finish. Overall, this was the worst beer experience I’ve had in a while. What the F Nogne?
Drake (10701) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 mL bottle from State Line Liquors and shared at the 17th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 1/28/12. Batch 435 best by 180614. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of big toffee malts, citrus and brown sugar. The taste is brown sugar, caramel, anise, raisin and bitter hops. Full bodied, chewy, lingering bitterness. Nice.
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown, nice head at the Richmond 17th. Deep caramel, slight dough, touch of floral hops. Somewhat raisiny flavor, Good caramel flavor, really a very nice beer.
Butters (3966) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Richmond 17th Gathering. Hazy light brown pour with decent offwhite head. Sweet caramel and rum fruit. Good mellow and not hot. Smooth warming going down.