superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; 2012 vintage, bottled in early 2012. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, brown bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, apple, date, cherry, brown sugar, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and moderately slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome old ale. All around great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
ibrubeer (147) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage. HUGE malty aroma. Mahogany color, with tight bubbles of an off white head. Tastes almost like it was barrel aged, but it’s just a great combination of malts. Full bodied. Very good beer!
Sarlacc83 (950) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2012 vintage.
A: Mahogany color with reddish purple edges. Whispy creme colored head, some lacing.
N: Raisin, fig, cola, cherry, some cocoa and caramel notes here. (They are buried underneath the dark fruits.) Bready with big tobacco and leather notes. Toast.
T: Big sweetness and a touch of bitterness underneath to leaven this beer.
M: Resinous and thick body. Very light carbonation - just enough to keep this from becoming overly dense. Alcohol is very well-hidden.
O: The 2012 vintage has aged very nicely. The cigar and barleywine note mix reminds me of sitting on my apartment porch and smoking a stogie after dipping it in a hefty beer of the same type ( I really need a synonym for barleywine. Double pale ale intentionally brewed? That seems too long.) This is a classic beer, and you can age it successfully if you have a mind.
Leini (922) - SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle. Hazy copper/brown body with a brief medium head. Sugar, plums, dried dark fruit, alcohol, vanilla, toffee and a hint of earth. Overall well rounded.
eduardovl (968) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a dark amber to nutmeg brown forming a small light beige creamy head. Medium to low retention and only very few lacings left. A small layer remains for long time on top
S: Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of caramel, grapes and wood. Quite boozy. Earthy and bready
T: Sweet upfront. Again, strong notes of caramel and dark fruits. Mainly grapes and plums. Notes of nutmeg and oak. Quite molasses with a considerable presence of alcohol. Very malty and sweet, in overall. Smooth and pleasant, Ale. Some grassy hops can be felt and the end is light bitter
M: Heavy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste
O: Strong but quite drinkable. Very well done. My second North Coast after Old Rasputin. No regret, just pleasure...
[ BA Review @ 5/19/2013 ]
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage. Pours a murky brown with a very thin head. Aroma is of concord grapes, caramel malts. Flavor is sweet caramel, boozy, slight grape. Finish is toffee and rich
Ericular (686) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome brandy appearance. Alcohol is evident but if it’s the last one of the night the warming is appropriate.
Migmar (251) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of 2012 vintage.
Dark brown, some head that disappears quickly but remains on the edges. Plums, dates, caramel, vanilla. Light sweetness, medium bitterness, full palate.
Alcohol hits pretty harshly but, well, that’s what Barley Wines are. It’s a strong one, perhaps aging would have balanced it out. Suits well as a night cap instead of the regular whiskey or cognac.
Bule (871) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle of 2012 vintage. Pours a pale yellow brown color with a bit of head. Malty but a bit of alcohol harshness. Slight molasses.
elosop (177) - SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mahoganyfärgad med snabbt försvinnande krona. Doftar bränd karamell. Smaken spritig och eftersmaken än mer alkoholanstruken. Eftersmaken lång, bränd kola. Nä, barley wine inget för mig.