bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002 limited bottling: This reminded me more of a bad summer seasonal than a barleywine. Still, the alcohol flavor was well masked. They now just need to mask the flavor.
paulmetzger (154) - Pocatello, Idaho, USA - APR 16, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep amber with perhaps some orange when held up to light. Strong floral aroma with licorice and toffee. The flavor just doesn’t do it for me -- soysauce taste throughout.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004. Fruity nose of alcohol, brown sugar, and flowers. Pours a hazy ruddy brown. The
smallish frothy beige head is fully diminishing and leaves no lace. The bold flavor is warm
and slightly sweet & sour. The finish is peppery. Overall a subtle brew but a stronger
alcohol presence than I generally prefer. The medium body is fizzy and feels alcoholic at
milewide (1515) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Too sweet! No hop flavor, and even alcohol taste is hidden by sweetness. I can tell that this is a quality brew crammed with expensive ingredients---but I wouldn’t buy again.
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 (284) - 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.
ALLOVATE (2419) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Has a viscous, oily, liquified sugar look to it. Completely headless with little carbonation; a radiant deep copper in body. Nose had an initial release of Starburst fruit chews. This wanes to reveal rich, vinous fruit, fortifed white port spiciness, cough medicine, prunes, dates and bitter/sweet, tart orange citrus. Heady, spicy and oh, so, so boozy ’hot’ on the palate. Sugar sweet to the point of being clammy and actually drawing on the palate - the way a lollipop draws out the saliva. Lots of caramelised citrus in back, boozy, warming higher alcohols in the swallow dull all but the residual sugars. Medium body, but sticky and awkward in mouthfeel with a light spritz to it. The fruit does its best to shine but is weighed down with such force. This one needs a long cellaring. Oddly enjoyable the way a sharp white port is but lacking balance and poise. Definitely laying one down for a decade or two for a re-rate! (12fl.Oz, 2012 release, 11.7% ABV, Cellarbrations Carlisle
maxwelldeux (3681) - Everett, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy and rather dark amber color with a fairly thin head. Some sweet and fruity notes to the nose, which were a but unexpected. Definite fruit notes in the taste, with some hints of raisin and just a bit of sourness underneath.
Jorn69 (961) - 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?