Eberndt (187) - - SEP 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle poured. Very dark and murky color. Tasted a little syrupy with some sort of fruit undertone.
Sarlacc83 (815) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2012 vintage.
A: Mahogany color with reddish purple edges. Whispy creme colored head, some lacing.
N: Raisin, fig, cola, cherry, some cocoa and caramel notes here. (They are buried underneath the dark fruits.) Bready with big tobacco and leather notes. Toast.
T: Big sweetness and a touch of bitterness underneath to leaven this beer.
M: Resinous and thick body. Very light carbonation - just enough to keep this from becoming overly dense. Alcohol is very well-hidden.
O: The 2012 vintage has aged very nicely. The cigar and barleywine note mix reminds me of sitting on my apartment porch and smoking a stogie after dipping it in a hefty beer of the same type ( I really need a synonym for barleywine. Double pale ale intentionally brewed? That seems too long.) This is a classic beer, and you can age it successfully if you have a mind.
Leini (848) - 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 (891) - 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 (665) - 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 (795) - 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 (163) - 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.