dambor (225) - 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!
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 A beer that runs up on you and kicks you in the face. This beer is very strong and intense. Pours Amber/Brown with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and alcohol. Taste is really strong and alcoholic and also tastes of barley. Aftertaste is creamy and also somewhat burning due to the alcohol. A nice beer but tough to drink even 12 ounces of it.
ibrubeer (222) - 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 itís just a great combination of malts. Full bodied. Very good beer!
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Poured a deep reddish mahagony with a thin off white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is very pungent, caramel dipped cherries come to mind. There is also is mellow alcohol aroma that does not burn like some high alcohol beers but is still strong and almost makes me feel drunk just smelling it. Flavor is suprisingly smooth for a 13.25% abv beer, though it is still strong, it has a mellow caramel malt base with light roasted flavors hiding in the shadows. Hops are there though not at any kind of barleywine quantity. Sweet though balanced with the high alcohol. The burn of the alcohol is similar to a well aged single malt, you know its there but it is does not burn to the point of being undesirable. I prefer the 2005 vintage, but this is still one hell of a beer. Would be interesting to try sfter 5 to 10 years of aging.
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2006 Pours with a small light lemon yellow head on a cloudy orange brown body. Strong aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, fruit. Very complex. Strong taste of chocolate, malts, nuts, fruit and alcohol. Very thick, chewy body that coats the inside of the mouth and leaves a lingering taste.
shonobiwan (219) - Sound Beach, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Long Island, NY - 12 oz. bottle 2011 vintage. This was my first barley wine an it was interesting. It poured a deep cloudy burgundy color with moderate white head. Aroma was of wine, dried fruits and some malts. Taste was along the same lines, but wine/alcohol taste was overwhelming for me and my preference. It is a good brew but a style I would stay away from.
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Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Careful with this one..... Itíll whip that ass if you aint ready for it.
Muddy, murky brown pour, not much to speak of in the way of a head. Definitely get a bourbon aroma from this one with some malt as well.
Man, this tastes like whiskey. Very strong oaky taste to this along with some sweetness and malt. Finishes pretty hot but thatís to be expected for a 2007. Very warming drink here. Got a few more bottles that Iím putting away for at least 2 more years. This needs aging because its going to be a damn smooth barleywine but its just not there yet.
BenDover (217) - Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is for the 2010 vintage. Pours a lovely ruby shade, with a small amount of dense light tan foam. Aroma is sweet and malty, caramel and some fruit (raisins, dates, figs), very inviting. Taste is very malty, with a noticeable alcohol burn partway through, more fruit like dates and figs, and just a bit bitter on the finish. Great stuff, possibly the best barley wine Iíve had save perhaps for the 2006 Bigfoot.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - APR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown, slightly hazy towards the end of the pour. Complex nose with malt flavours surrendering to brandy and caramel. Fade to hops at the finish, which is quite clean.
Dorkenstein (216) - - JUN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 1/7/2014. Big caramel aroma; some candied orange and toffee as well. Taste is very caramel forward, followed by vanilla, toffee, light orange zest, and then bitter at the back of the tongue and booze burn when swallowing.