adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Burgundy body with a small white head that quickly disappears. Very candy sweet malty nose with hints of raisins and cherries, also with mild hops. Very sweet, red fruity and malty body. Quite strong flavor thatís initially fruity with the hops and bitterness following through on the finish along with a lot of booze. Definitely a sipper. [2010 Vintage]
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark hazy reddish brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and malts. Tastes of caramel, malts, alcohol (but not 11.4%), spices (cinnamon), and raisins. Definitely a sipping beer.
Meilby (9452) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 355ml vintage 2009 @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours murky brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and toffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Sammy (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 vintage. A reddish brown ale after fizzing from a high quality Belgian-like pour. Some cognac and barleyiwne aroma. Fine carbonation on the tongue. Immediate tummy warming from the alcohol. Barley wine and malt tastes, with Eno epsom salt. Numbing aftertaste.
Dogbrick (9357) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 2005 Bottle: Not much different about the 2005 batch, sampled in July 2006. Same notes/scores.
2004 Bottle: This yearís is every bit as good as the last one I had. Deep brownish-red color with a very thin beige head. Very thin lacing too. Rich aroma of caramel, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with hearty malt, caramel and nut flavors. Roasty character with the alcohol peeking through periodically. The finish is long and sweet, with a nice hops bite. Another winner!
2002 Bottle: Pours a dark brown color but held light throughout the glass. Thick and foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is strong malt and alcohol, with lesser portions of hops and fruit. Rich bodied and it tasted somewhere between a Scotch Ale and Barley Wine. Excellent blend of malt, vanilla, alcohol and caramel. Finish is all malt and tart fruit. Good beer.
GT2 (9272) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL. Pours a deep, beautiful red with a modest tan head that settles down to a thin film. Nose is very musty with some dark fruits, candied figs, vanilla extract, caramel, and sherry. Taste is more woody than expected with some caramel, vanilla, figs, and floral hops. Slight alcohol burn going down. A solid barleywine- would be nice to age this to get that initial alcohol burn a little mellowed out.
Rune (9239) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle, vintage 2009, bb. Dec. 2019, cellared for some time after I brought it back home for Systembolaget in LinkŲping September last year. Offered some drinking enjoyment to the soccer match between Germany and Spain on TV. Poured a dense, off-white head with good duration atop of a deep, ruby coloured body. Rather subdued aroma of dark, dried fruits along with malts and herbal dryness. Vapour of alcohol, too. Dry, slightly roasted, malts in flavour plus dried fruits, like apricot, and with suggestion of liquorice. A real alcohol punch on the palate. Full bodied. Likable, but too much on the sweet side. The alcohol is also a bit disturbing. Should perhaps have left the bottle in the cellar for a longer time span (TromsÝ, 07.07.2010).
mcberko (9222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, pours a beautiful amber brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, malt and alcohol. Flavour is brown sugar, roasted malts, fruit and alcohol, the alcohol being very dominant. Great warming effect on the finish. Wonderful barley wine.
crossovert (9092) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.
It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well.
The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isnít the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying.
Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol.
I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on itís face in comparison.
Serving type: bottle
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 2012 Tap at Brewery. Deep amber pour with a thick off-white head. The nose is awesome. Fresh clean bready malt, stewed fruit and a soft spicy/earthy hop finish. This is an amazing product. Bright and fruity and awesome. Even young, this beer is amazing.
2006 from a 12 oz bottle. Very deep dark garnet with a fine laced yellowish head. Sweet malty aroma, plums/dates and raisins with a sweet orangey hop note as well. Brown sugar, molasses and toast. Immensely sweet aroma but also with a tropical fruity character ove the back. Flavour is sweet but also remarkably balanced for such a young and strong barley wine. Malts with plum and other dried fruit, a bit of leather and earthiness as well as some prominent licorice flavour. Toast and burnt sugar flavour. Fruity hops, strong bitterness and alcohol but itís not out of control. Warming softens it even more bringing some soft toffee/caramel forward amongst the fruity, sweet hops.
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Deep burgundy-red colour with a thin white head. Very sweet sugary, malty aroma. Brown sugar, molasses, licorice, cherry. Very vineous with a touch of acetic character. Flavour is also very malty, molasses, brown sugar, and a bit of ethanolic pepper. Treacly body becomes cloying. A bit of peaty character. Good, but too young.
Hazy, cloudy dark brown beer with purplish highlights and no head to speak of. The aroma is very plummy with lots of dried raisins, rye-like spiciness and some toastiness. Soft alcoholic flavour helps dry out the sweet plummy maltiness that abounds in this brew. Fairly spicy/resiny aroma and flavour. Loads of fruitiness as well. The beer is still very sweet even with two years on it, but it is also still very good.
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