Wischylini (241) - Grimstad, - DEC 15, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a fairly clear mahogany, with no head at all. The aromas on the nose are intense, with a dark and heavy top note of dried fruits and leather, and smoke. The aromas that develop in the mouth are intense, with more fruit, leather, smokiness, liqourice, peatiness reminiscent of scotch, earth and wood. The taste is very sweet, yet has an astringent finish, there’s also some saltiness in there. The palate is thick, heavy and mildly carbonated. With lots of aromas, a powerful taste, a thick palate and a high ABV (although not noticeable on the taste), this makes for a complex beer that is very easy to find interesting, but hard to find enjoyable.
creppyiceman (430) - POLAND - AUG 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:intensive smokedy(ham-like) aroma,some caramel and toffee.
Appearance:dark brownish color,small beige head.
Taste:sweet,flavour of caramel,fudge,smoked ham, dried dark fruits(mainly figs),malty fin ish,long malty smokey aftertaste.
Palate:full body,ultra thick texture,medium carbonation.
Overall:Lovely thick barley wine.
Swaroga (2071) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle. Hazy brown with medium head that lasts a good while. Aroma of the beer is nail polish, dark, ripe fruits, peat, canned pears, some chocolate, Overall sweet and complex aroma. Mouth feel is thick and oily. Very little carbonation. Flavor is sweet with notes of ripe fruits and vanilla ice-cream with some cookies. But also there is distinctive sourness also with fruity notes. Strange that I don’t see it in other RB commentaries. Maybe the new batch went a bit sour ? Anyway the peat comes out in the finish with a clove like dryness and delicate bitterness with notes reminding me seeds from fruits. The beer is nice but won’t be looking for it again.
heman (598) - Tychy, POLAND - AUG 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(batch 987: 20.06.2013) Barwa ciemno-brunatna, piana intensywna, ładnie zdobi szkło.
Aromat to zrównoważony miks torfowej wędzonki, suszonych wiśni i czerwonych owoców, melasa.
W smaku bardzo pełne, słodkie i bardzo gładkie, oleiste. Torfowa wędzonka, owoce kandyzowane, figi, daktyle, melasa, przypalony karmel i nuty miodowe. Goryczka średnia, ziołowa, alkohol ułożony, szlachetny rozgrzewający przełyk.
andrepintado (2679) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Dark red copper brown color. Thin brown head. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium thick body. Aroma is smoke, spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted. Lovely balance.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat, earth and whisky. Flavor is sugar, smoke, peat, salt, meat. Finish is loads of sugar, oldish. Lingering sugar and smoke. Medium to full body, weak to average carbonation.
UXO (1461) - CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear amber-brown with a short creamy light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, dark dried fruit, toffee, light peat. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off dry slightly astringent smoky and warming finish. (4/5)
Interesting depth and complexity to this one, with restrained smokiness on top of a sweet fruity barleywine base, with a light rye tartness coming out in late in the finish. The ABV is almost non-existent in the flavours, but manifests as a definite warming relative early in the glass. Not subtle, as such, but definitely restrained and polite. A lingering sipper for sure. (16/20)
beer-yum (1298) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting smoky fruit aroma in a cloudy brown black pour. Surprisingly restrained flavor with smoke to the fore - but nicely balanced by the fruity malt body and just a hint of hops. Not really my style (x2 - Barley Wine and/or Smoky) but the complex yet soft/subtle taste of this is not too bad in the end.
PeatyPete (909) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black with beige head. Aroma is smoky, caramel and dark fruit. Silky body. Taste sweet dark malt with smoke and black coffee. Good beer.
MrHangover (3902) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black beer with a small ring of off white head on top. Aroma is slightly peaty, roasty, very malty with a hint of boozy smoke. Flavor is sweet, powerful, a touch of smoke and caramel. Very nicely carbonated, short sweetish aftertaste. Quite nice!!
ZodiacM (797) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Uit de fles geschonken. Mooi rokerig, zoet aroma. Smaken van rook, gerst, hout, wat kruidig. Een mooie Barley Wine met een zacht rokerig accent. Heerlijk.