Hopmaestro (660) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Vingage: Aroma is beautiful, sweet, grapes, plums and toffee. I actually catch a hint of rum in there. The taste is sweet from dark fruits but also carries a small hint thats almost a bit sour, maybe grape-like sour. Vanilla passes by really quick. Then the warming booze sensation takes over, but its not disturbing, more like supporting. This one is great, maybe a little thin in the body
Gerbeer (2401) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. 2014 vintage. Pours a reddish brown with lots of bubble but no head. Aromas of raisins, copper, dry caramel, toasted malts and alcohol. Flavors of dried dark fruit (a little sour), old oak, malt extract, and a bit of nuts. Subtle bitter finish with noticeable heat. A good big beer.
hman43 (628) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours brown with a light brown head. There are flavors of caramel and dried fruit. It has a smooth, creamy texture with dried fruit and caramel flavors and produces a pleasant warming on the way down. It has a sweet and bitter balance to it as well.
SG111 (611) - New York, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours an amber color with a small mildly beige head. Aroma is hops, some lemon, lots of caramel, mild toffee, some vanilla, bit of bourbon. Flavor is caramel, some bourbon, toffee. Not a very hoppy Barley wine. Slight hop bitterness. Definitely malt forward. Not the best Barleywine, but a good example of the style.
Nocturne (1203) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 bottle. Slightly dark amber. Light tan foam that fades to a ring. Aroma is brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel. Slight hoppiness too. Taste is much the same. Thick, syrupy, warming mouthfeel. Carb quite high. Drinks pretty easy. Might improve with a few years on it; seems a bit simple at this point. Nice enough though.
Beerhunter111 (11059) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage Leicht trübes orangebraune Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch nach sehr reifem Dörrobst, holzig, alkoholisch, Vanille. Geschmack mild holzig, Vanille, reifes Obst, leicht brennend alkoholisch, viel Karamell, leicht schokoladig.
danielyabu (1361) - Uniăo da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
average frothy offwhite head. fair lacing. mostly diminishing. dark amber flat thick body. aroma: moderate malt, raisin, light hoppy, alcohol. if: heavy sweet. ff: heavy sweet light bitter; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation and metallic moderate alcoholic finish. Amargorzinho de lúpulo balanceia bem o dulçor, sem macular as diretrizes do estilo. Frutas secas no paladar. Forte aquecimento alcoólico. 100s
Beachmaster (251) - Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 Bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head that quickly fades. No lacing. Nose is raisins and caramel, and the taste is the same, with the alcohol well masked. Probably would improve with some aging. Well balanced.
dambor (182) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 vintage. Pours copper with no head. Aroma: caramel, figs, malty sweetness and plum. Taste: subtle caramel with dark fruits. Very balanced, an English style Barley Wine. Alcohol incredibly well hidden (no way it has over 11% ABV!). Interesting, but it will definitely get more complex after 1+ years. Need to get another bottle!
dfinney23 (2284) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany with a bit of haze and a thin but persistent head. Aroma of caramel, figs and leather. Lots going on in the taste. Gotta love the complex.