DocLock (8103) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep amber/reddish (looks like red wine through light), with a huge off white head and lace. Aroma of heavy malt, peat, caramel, toffee, prunes, berries, and anise. Tastes very malty, with some earthy, prune, fruit, and duck sauce hints. Finishes sweet, malty, and fruity, with hints of cognac, scotch, and cabernet. As it warmed, I sensed more sweet/caramel/fruitiness.Nice balance, great complexity, and well hidden alcohol. This is a great beer.
JorisPPattyn (8098) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour: dark brown, mahogany shine; disappearing cream head.
Nose: hops, coloured malts, vanilla(?), blue cheese.
Taste: immediate sweet impression, then very hop-bitter, fading into satisfying plumcake taste.
Mouthfeel; very thick and rich, velvety. Alcohol evident.
Aftertaste: after a while, noble hops haunt the palate for quite long.
A very nice old ale - with American noble hops, as one would expect from a Californian brewery.
gnoff (8010) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 9/14/2006 5:40:09 PM - UPDATED 9/26/2008
Bottle on RBESG 2006
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet malty a bit alcohol scent. Sweet raissin and some alcohol taste. Medium bitterness, soft but big mouth feel. Warming alcohol feeling.
Second rating, 2006 vintage:
Somewhat shady brown color, tan head. Lots of alcohol in the scent, sweet malt as well. Spicy bitter malty taste. Smooth milky mouthfeel. Sharp bitterness, some hartburn feeling.
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!
On September 26, 2008
BB Aug 2010
Clear dark reddish copper color, medium tan head. Fruity, smooth, sweet scent, some red berries and a bit of alcohol. SWeet, phenolic, spicy, dry, malty, caramel taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Dry lingering malty aftertaste.
Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never entered my notes until now.
Sampled side by side vintages: 2011 vs 2010 vs 2009 vs 2007 vs 2006
2011: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Malty, alcohol, some smoke scent. Sweet, malty, salty, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, alcohol aftertaste. Low bitterness.
2010: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Malty, sweet, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2009: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, sassafras, minty scent. Sweet, cream, malty taste. Medium smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Alcohol, chemical scent. Sweet, malty, sugary, grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2006: Clear very dark brown color, small to very small tan head. Sweet, fruity, alcohol scent. Alcohol, solvents, cream, malty taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
12 fl oz bottle thanks to Ingo! Sampled on December 22, 2012. Vintage 2011.
Hazy brown color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, citrus scent. Sweet, raisin, figs, alcohol taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Warming alcohol.
I would probably like it better if aged some more, a bit young still.
Bottle at Bishops Arms ÷rebro on May 25, 2013.
Didnít take notes since I knew I had rated this over and over, this was the 2010 vintage.
Wonderful aged scent and taste. Alcohol still coming through, but holds up nice and was a very nice finish to this evening.
BMan1113VR (7881) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 1/7/2008:
Very nice malty (cookie and molasses) and hoppy (pine) aroma. Also detected some tawny port, alcohol and raspberry. Poured a medium sparkling clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Initial flavor is alcohol followed by a long and nutty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is soft. There is a strong presence of alcohol throughout. Will probably improve with age.
Wow, as much as I liked the 2007 vinatge, the 2008 was horrible! Shared with ilovedarkbeer. Aroma was raw pumpkin with meelon, cinnamon, alcohol and vegitables. Creamy, off-white head with good lacing. Flavor was bad. Dry texture, lively carbonation and astringent!
2004 Vintage consumed 5/13/2009, thanks to Lumpy. Pours with a small head over a murky amber body. Aroma of port, alcohol, toffee, maple and plum. Taste is prune, alcohol, toffee, light port, some oxidation and raisins. syrupy mouthfeel.
Scopey (7650) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle from Habershams, Savannah. It pours clear mahoganny with a small beige head. The nose is wood, leather, earth, light spice, toast, dried fruit and trifle. The taste is wood, varnish, leather, dried fruit, decent bitterness, spice, toast and toffee with a warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Smooth, good depth and balance. A top-notch American barleywine.
rosenbergh (7514) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle. 2010 vintage. From Sweden. Courtesy of Brandman.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head.
Aroma is dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and could it be touch of alcohol.
Chocolate, dark fruits, raisins, malt, caramel, bitter hops and sugar in flavour. Warming nicely. Balanced and rich. Surprisingly easy to drink.
mcberko (7477) - 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.
Skinnyviking (7341) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 200 version. Light yellow low but lasting creamy head. Clear dark red brown body. Aroma of burned barley malt with notes of plucs caramel and alcohol. Alcohol dominted flavor of coffe and caramel. pretty vineous. A good deal of caronation. Pleasant and long aftertaste.
DruncanVeasey (7322) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Total Wine, Las vegas. 2010 vintage- when itís -8c out, itís time to bring out the big boys. Pours ruby with copper edges and a surprising beige collar falling away to.the edges of the glass. Sweet, inviting aroma of milk chocolate-coated raisins, figs draped with caramel sauce, leather and green olive. Fine and luxurious with an interplay of milk chocolate, creamy fig and tobacco notes that make it very easy to forget you are not drinking a cask-conditoned English brown ale of 5%, but an 11.7% Californian barley wine. Thereís a droplet of sherry, but not a hint of jarring hop or alcohol here, just a steady, suffusing fireside warmth. Why bother aging when itís this rounded and mellow already? A brew of considerable flavour and finesse, easily a match for any English barley wine Iíve tasted.
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz 2010 bottle. I didnít realize this was a barleywine before I opened it, otherwise I would have let it sit around for a while. Burgundy color, minimal head. Very much a wine taste and smell, itís nearly too harsh. Raisin aroma. Sweet taste, but after awhile the alcohol is noticeable for sure. Very malty in the aftertaste. It might be very quiet in this room, but the bubbles in the carbonation are loud! I canít help but feel like I should have hid this beer in the cellar and forgotten about it, Iím sure Iíd have enjoyed it more.