The_Osprey (5920) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
July 2016 - Bottle share at Craft Beer Co Islington as ’North Coast Class of ’88’. Many thanks to Kenny. Pours dark amber orange, hazy with a foamy tan head. Aroma is bready, light tangerine, musty. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is piney, resinous, boozy, toffee. Boozy and sweet. A bit unrefined, but quite tasty. (3.3)
Banksiz (89) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bready-malty nose, a touch of spritziness. Figgy-toffee-rasin notes as it warms up and breaths. Nicely-balanced sweetness and bitterness. Medium-heavy oily body. Warming as it goes down. Lingering finish, no harshness. Very good barley wine, but not quite one of the all-time greats.
monk191 (1730) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice, refined barleywine. Pours a bright red with a white head. Smells of caramel, sea salt, vanilla, strawberry. Taste is very smooth, with caramel and vanilla upfront, followed by banana. Bit of a spicy, dry finish. Paired with Sriracha shrimp and udon noodles, brings out more sea salt and tang. Had in the bottle.
Leighton (18221) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Craft Beer Co Islington - many thanks to Mitchy Mitch. Pours clear orange-gold with a creamy, white head. The nose holds toasted bread, orange rind, dry caramel, some toasted pine. Medium to big sweet flavour with hearty malts, more caramel and pine, some rind. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish, with notes of ripe citrus, subtle oily pine, lots of lightly toasted bread. Quite good stuff.
madmitch76 (21715) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
7th July 2016
Big Bottleshare at Craft Islington. Hazy amber beer, tidy cream colour head. Palate is airy and semi dry, modest fine carbonation. Soft malts. modestly sweet. Spice. Alcohol spice. Tired dried fruits. Mild floralness. Light dry finish. It’s not bad but it’s one of those big beers that doesn’t seem to have aged that well. The punch is there but the flavours are a little tired.
mR_fr0g (8870) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the CBC big bottle share. 7/7/2016. Many thanks to Kenny for this one. A hazed dark orange coloured pour with a lasting halo of white head. Aroma is fresh lemon pez sweet, strawberry jammy fruits. Flavour is composed of nutty sweet grains, strawberry, pale us medium sweet, sticky, moderate carbonation, . Nice jammy fruits.
teorn88 (6190) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared at the July London Tasting @CBC Islington. Many thanks to Ken for this one. It pours a clean golden color with a small white head. Aroma is tangy and sweet fruity with persimmon and melon and some tangy lemon peel. Taste is also sweet fruity and tangy with notes of persimmon, lemon peel, orange marmalade. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty
TBone (16079) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RB London Meet. Amber color, small off-white head. Aroma has malts, toffee and fruits. Medium-bodied. Very fruity, a bit toffeish. Easy bw. Probably somewhat aged for this easy sippable bw.
djd07 (9712) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is candy sugar, toffee, booze. Medium mouth, similar flavors to nose, nice dark fruit, boozy finish, very good.
Douberd (4751) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(North Coast Class of ’88 Barley Wine) Bottle 750 ml at home, corked and caged. Gotten from a trade wth a swedish guy it seems, but can’t remember whom. Thanks anyway! Served into a snifter, ABV 10%
Deep orange to red colour on the body, mostly clear, with a good sized and thick enough off-white head on top, with average retention.
Aroma has still strong hops, caramel, alcohol,tropical fruits, apricot.
Taste is sweet, nice caramel notes, notable alcohol, hops, red fruits, apricot, peach, light orange peel, some pine even.
Medium thick body, biting carbonation, quite dry on the palate.
Very good and not your usual barleywine, this still tastes like a fresh DIPA with Hopslam coming to mind. 10% but so easy to drink, great beer.