Blairgus (2213) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5 sept 2013, bottle. 2012 otsuchi edition. Copper, clear, some bubbles. Nose is raisins and mild bready malt. Full body and moderately fizzy. Big alcohol, raisins, blue fruit, bready yeast. Pretty good!
Jorn69 (328) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska (2013) från Systembolaget (44:-). I doften finns sötma, smör, vanilj, äpple. I smaken hittar jag sötma, vanilj, toffee, russin. Fyllig med en lång eftersmak. Jag gillar ju egentligen inte Barley Wines, men den här är faktiskt helt ok. Undrar då hur bra den kommer att vara om ett par år?
camborne (594) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big sweet dark fruit nose. Beer is really sweet to me. 2012 vintage. Maybe it will mellow but it like sweet syrupy raisins. Guess I may not be man enough for this one
Maltser85 (113) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer pours a murky brown caramel color with a slightly off white one finger head. The nose starts off with a big raisin note, very malty. There are notes of fig and prunes and maybe some plum. Sweet caramel and slight toffee notes fight through the dark fruit notes. Maybe a hint of alcohol, but it comes off as more of a sweetness, this is over a year old. The taste starts off sweet, slight candied fruit. Then, bitterness in the middle of the palate that quickly moves into the raisin/dark fruit component. Finishes with a big malty sweetness. The beer is mildly carbonated. A nice creamy ring of head hangs around. Big alcohol legs up and down the glass, but the beer is 11.7% so yea. Medium full mouthfeel/body on the beer. As it warms, the booze becomes a bit more present. Some toffee notes also start to come out on the nose and in the middle/finish of the palate. I like this one a lot. Could be just a hair sweeter.
Phatdog1 (159) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 version poured into a snifter. Looks like a thick, gooey liquid in my glass. Giant aroma of sugar, candy, molasses & alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma. Sweet & syrupy. Subtle flavor of alcohol (almost scotchy) is present throughout. Leaves a bit of a tingle on the tongue.
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M82 (178) - Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2013
2013 vintage followed by 2011 vintage cellared at 55-65º, each bottled at 11.9% abv
The 2013 vintage is complex and layered, offering a multitude of eloquent characteristics
A clear, vibrant, dark cherry body displays fiery vermillion and amber highlights with a two inch off white-light khaki head dissipating to a very thin, yet complete ring and a few medium to small, translucent, delicate islands
Spiced dark cherry, licorice, plumb, prune, orange, and fig esters mingle with mellow milk chocolate, coffee cake, cream, and dark wood on a medium, well carbonated body which rolls into a silky, frothy cream texture; flavors resonating and concentrating to a lightly alcoholic, cherry and horehound finish with medicinal flairs expressing a building, soft warmth as the quaff exits the harbor
12oz bottle 2013 vintage at 60º into 16oz Spiegelau Soiree Brandy
2011 is further refined and integrated demonstrating flowing, restrained confidence
Color has grown a step deeper offering a smaller, more delicate and loosely structured head which completely dissipates
Characteristics of the 2013 vintage have married and condensed into bourbon soaked fruit cake bringing candied, toasted barrel and moist leather to mind; carbonation has dissipated, allowing the palate to mature into a silky smooth texture with medium heft; alcohol notes have become a proponent of the ale’s rich dynamics, further accompanying and accentuating the spectrum of rich, aristocratic aromas and flavors
12oz bottle 2011 vintage at 60º into 16oz Spiegelau Soiree Brandy
BlowOffTube (258) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle. Pours a dark murky brown with not much head, but the carbonation was medium to high with small bubbles. Aroma is brown sugar hops and caramel. Taste is Brown sugar and hops medley with a little caramel and heat. Medium body. I’d like this better with less carbonation and a little bigger malt profile, but good old ale that is buy more of.
DocJitsu (611) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dirty copper amber color with a smooth tan head. A bit fruity on the nose with hints of vomit. Over carbonated in my opinion. Sticky on the lips. Figgy flavor that gets stale to quickly. Noticeable alcohol warmth and bitterness at the finish. I remember this to be better. But, it’s been some years since the.
vikage (118) - SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2013) from systembolaget. Nice caramel and syrup aroma, although with some alcohol notes. The taste is really malty with lots of syrup and caramell. The beer is thick but has a bit to much carbonation for my taste. The finish is long and contains some refreshing bittnerness. The beer also comes with some nice alcoholic warmth.
Conclusion: A nice Barley wine which I can’t wait (although I have to) to taste aged for 5-10 years
BeerSkull (1071) - SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, 2913 vintage). Nice scent of sweet figs and brown sugar. Sweet taste of brown sugar, figs, raisins, malt and alcohol, which, however, are surprisingly well hidden in the taste. It is not noticeable that the beer is at 11.9%. The aftertaste has hints of vanilla and bourbon.