jsnicholas (374) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 Bottle (12 Oz): cloudy reddish brown. Smells a little boozy and sweet, but well balanced. This is not a very hoppy brew. Very tasty and a new regular for me.
Update: Was 4.1 now 3.9. Not enjoying it as much.
Alengrin (3221) - BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2009 vintage, with East Kent Goldings and Fuggles hops. Thin, off-white head, colour deep bronze. Complex aroma, temptingly perfumed with raisins, candied dates, pear syrup, cranberries, madera, sherry, chocolate, vanilla, liquorice... Rich fruity taste on a deep sweet, honeyish and caramelly malt base, full and vinous, retronasal all the good things from the aroma come back and further decorate the palate, hop bitter finish with nice warming alcohol. Very well-balanced, rich and elegant provision ale.
zvsn (1017) - ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Clear amber with a nice head. Malty and alcoholic aroma. Sweet, malts, dried fruits and caramel, quite boozy. Medium-full bodied. Heavy but pleasant mouthfeel.
RyanK (251) - Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from 2013 drank aug 2014. Pours a murky, amber/brown with almost no head. Smells sweet,fruity, and fermented giving a sense of high alcohol. Heavy bodied with noticeable carbonation on the tongue. Bitterness from the malt nicely offsets the fruit flavors and alcohol taste. Well balanced and well done just like North coast. A little to fruity for me and I’m not particularly a fan of barley wines. Still I would like to revisit this down the road and stock some bottles in the cellar as it ages magnificently.
Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
June 2009. Clearish maroon with absolutely no head whatsoever. Very very sweet, without any hops to balance the malt. Not much of a finish. Pass.
BiffNilsson (270) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rödbrun vätska med obefintlig brungul skumkrona som försvinner snabbt.
Doften är syrlig och frisk.
Smaken är kraftfull med markerad beska och stor kropp.
Lite spritig i karaktären men inte påtagligt.
En helt ok barley wine, men den vinner säkert på att lagras ett år eller två.
murran (355) - - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a redish brown body with a thin head. Aroma of syrup. Rich taste of syrup and bread.
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Bygers (980) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,33l. Vintage 2014. Pours an amber brown colour with a slight haze, one finger head that diminish. Aromas of caramelized malts, ripe fruit and alcohol. Ripe fruit flavors accompanied by raisin and bourbon, caramel malt and faint grassy hops. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, oily texture and a sweetness in the finish.
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Vaiz (3817) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Clear amber pour, thin white head. Aroma of spicy caramel malts, some alcoholic brandy and slightly earthy. Flavor is quite warming, spicy and a bit of red wine, some wood and quite earthy. Strange brew at first, but likable after a few sips.
77ships (5402) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
#100 Barley WIne. 355 ml. bottle split by 3 @ “Memorabel Tastingkje”. Thanks to tderoeck! 2013 Vintage. GUSHER. Foam still rising from the bottle after we lost a fare share of it. Spare head, lightly hazy amber brown beer. Getting the usual barley wine notes in the nose, toffee, dried, fruit, caramel etc. but feels a bit thin & herbal. Taste is muted and bit thin molasses, cereal, toffee, dried fruits with some leather, broth, prunes, butterscotch leading into a thin, metallic, lightly herbal finish. Little carbonation, this one didn’t feel all right, disappointing, prob. a lesser bottle. Only beer that I didn’t really care for in an otherwise great tasting, oh well, it happens, glad I dot to try this one all the same.