mathieuc (1398) - Québec, Quebec, - DEC 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2011 vintage) Garnet-colored beverage topped by a rapidly disappearing off-white/yellow-ish head. What remains is you, a tiny ring of foam and that red brew that you anxiously smell. Brown sugar, treacle (someone mentionned toffee but I couldn’t feel it) is what strikes you first. And then you still search and you find some alcoholic notes and nothing else... bummer. Carbonation is a little higher than I’d like but it doesn’t bother me that much, really as it makes the mouth feel bigger (ample). Taste is again brown sugar without a discernible bitterness. What you can feel though is all the alcohol warmth and sting. I thought it would be more complex than it is but it is still a good, big barleywine.
Leini (846) - 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 (866) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (659) - 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 (785) - 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 (159) - 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.
liquidhedonism (94) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2014 12 oz bottle of 2014 vintage from Whole Foods in Hillsboro, OR. Aroma has brown sugar, tart cherries, leather, and NyQuil. Mouthfeel is thick and robust, with a bitter, boozy, and slightly astringent finish.
julesjis (74) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from a 12oz. This is not my style of beer. Aroma was a boozy sawdust. Not super pleasant for me. Taste was like a grape must spritzer. This beer did have a very inviting color to it.
Ingevara (804) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown ale. Head gone after a few seconds only. Strong in alcohol. Flavor mainly sweet licorice, sweet wort and stale dry fruit.The aroma forces itself on me, syrupy, boozy, hoppy. I’ve had better beers.