zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma was not terrible, sweet and sugary notes. Taste was just not good, sweet boozy yuck
theOptimator (267) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is plum, caramel, raisin, cherry, wood. Appearance is flat dark brown, small head. Flavor is sweet raisin, plum, cherry. Hops bitterness slightly present. Palate is full and syrupy. Overall its not bad, probably should be aged.
jongo (82) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I just don´t get it. 2010 bottle. Pours brown-amber with big tan foam. Aroma is earthy, caramel, chocolate, eggy and alcohol. Taste is quite high sweetness, dark fruit, butterscotch and alcohol. Body isn´t as full as one could expect. Or is it just the alcohol that comes threw and makes it feel thiner. Palate is sticky and have some slickness to it if you get pass the alcoholic finish that overpowers any hoppiness. Soft carbonation. OVERALL: Too alcoholic tasting, the alcohol totally dominates the flavorprofile in this Barley Wine. And I´m not one to shy away from high alcohol beers but it should be masked by, first malt or even hops. And any low flavor of alcohol should only add to other flavors. This might be a beer for strickly cellering but how much better can it get when it´s crap somewhat fresh.
Jorn69 (316) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
@ Havregatan. Flaska (2013) från Systembolaget (44:-). I doften finns sötma, smör, vanilj, äpple. I smaken hittar jag sötma, vanilj, toffee, russin. Fyllig med en lång eftersmak. Jag gillar ju egentligen inte Barley Wines, men den här är faktiskt helt ok. Undrar då hur bra den kommer att vara om ett par år?
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured dark caramel with a thick brownish head.
Aroma is malt,hops and alcohol .
Flavor is sweet malt and alcohol and much to sweet for my taste.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 (on bottle 2004 edit.) On the good side, this beer proves that I still have ground to cover in turms of tastes. This one was too hefty for me, way overmuch. Mahogony color and a small, lasting beige head. Hoppy , very; nose, with notes of wallnuts, earth, chocolate and alcohol- A very powerfull, allmost cognac-ish alcoholic a bit too high carbonation. Finish is lightly burning and with impressions of calvados(me don´t like calvados), wood and chocolates. Way to big and alcohol-flavoured -filled beer for me.
Bumhoolery (1) - USA - APR 27, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 ed. Very pleasant aroma, deep reddish tint, but I just didn’t dig this. Not very hoppy, sweet and nutty, but the flavor doesn’t come through too strongly through all the alcohol. Not bad, but not worth the price.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. Bottle. 2007 Vintage. Shouldn’t these different batches be in separate listings?
Cloudy reddish brown color. Initial tan head that quickly faded. Small bubbles rising strickly from the middle of the glass. Overyly sweet smell of plums and yams. No detectable hops in the aroma. Thick and flat palate to this high gravity brew. Tremendously sweet raisin and added sugar flavor, overpowering the malt and obliterating any hops that are part of the blend. The high sugary flavor must be needed to make 11.7% palatable (as compared to say Samiclaus) but it makes it a tad too sweet to truly enjoy.
xuhuckit19 (16) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The high alcohol content is very evident with this beer. very little was done to incorporate other subtle tastes with the alcohol. It is very in your face and not really my thing.
droyer (12) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Definitely need to cellar this. Tasted a bottle of the 2009 vintage and it was still a little too sweet. Very good potential though.