fiulijn (15990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 2010-11-19, vintage 2007, 3 years old, 8-4-8-4-16=40
The color is dark brown; it has a medium-sized head, a bit fizzy, but with some persitence. Nice aroma, hop and caramel; light cheesy yeast too, and lightly buttery; rich and dynamic. Good malt flavor, and caramel; just some sweetness but not too much; some dusty chocolate too, and traces of milk cream. Correct bitterness. The final has traces of nuts too; and a bit too much alcohol. Good, but more is expected from a Barley Wine.
2008-10-25, vertical tasting
vintage 2004, 4 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Darker color than the others, the head as well doesn’t stay long. The aroma is not impressive, but the flavor reaches good balance and complexity; not much sweet, with a good mix of caramel, oxidized malt, bitterness, Very good, the most intriguing of this vertical.
vintage 2007, 1 year old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
vintage 2008, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Dark amber color, hazy. The aroma shows some alcohol and malt; the 2007 has light oxidized caramel, the 2008 has very light fruitness (apples). Malt and caramel flavor, the 2008 is sweeter, the 2007 has now used more of it and it has a better balance toffee-fudge-bitterness. Good bitterness. At the end the 2007 is more alcoholic, the 2008 is more balanced.
2005-05-21, vintage 2004, 1 year old, 7-5-9-4-16=41
Clean red - dark amber color. Malty aroma, caramel, fudge impression, light alcohol. Solid, well malty, a lot of sweet caramel, liquorice and salt; burning final. Ends very bitter, with loads of caramel. Probably too young, and probably not suitable for ageing.
yngwie (14764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. It has a nice, dark red color and a small beige head. No carbonation. Wonderful aroma with beef-stock, some alcohol, hops and malty sweetness. The flavor starts off quite sweet, followed by lots of hops, and then alcohol. Full, sweet body. Maybe a bit too sweet, even though there is a lot of hops in it. A beer I would like to see here in Norway, I could open a bottle, pour it in a glass, and then spend an hour or so, just smelling it. (060428)
Travlr (14703) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
June 2009. Clearish maroon with absolutely no head whatsoever. Very very sweet, without any hops to balance the malt. Not much of a finish. Pass.
harrisoni (14626) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at HogTownHarry Fest 08. Again big thanks to Harry for this one. Syrupy dry malt aroma. I guess its a barley wine, with some soy sauce in the mouth. Nice US hops on there.
saxo (14434) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge head with good duration. Color is dark amber. Aroma and taste are plums, raisin, malt, yeast, caramel and hops. Excellent long finish.
Dedollewaitor (14339) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one really burns my cheek & throat. A lot of sweet - dark fruits - prune & raisin. Good amount of hops and warming & clearly visible alcohol. A true sipper - but again almost too powerfull. Medium body - sticky texture.
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2004 - 11,4%) at home - drinking it now. Unclear red/brown - light yellow head. Chokolate, raisins, dried fruits, caramel, toffee, high sweetness, pretty high hoppy, vineous, portwine, alcho-burn. A bit sharp finish !!
MiP (14001) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hoppy aroma. Nice, peppery, malty flavour with some bonbon. Dark chestnut colour. Good body.
TBone (13539) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled vintage 2006.
Clear dark ruby red, steady small brown head. Toffeish, caramelly, dark fruits, burnt malts in the nose. Soft, liquerish palate. Toffee, roasted malts, some licorice. Brandy-like warming alcohol in the aftertaste.
Leighton (13280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a luscious, deep amber-red with a lofty, white head. Nose hints of sweet malts and Belgian yeast. Flavor is interesting. By my palette, quite fruity, smacking of apple juice. Some nice, low-key paleness. Medium to big in body with mild carbonation. High ABV give the beer a nice, warming character. Definitely a beer to be sipped and savored.