Tonkun (872) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle Otsuchi commemorative release. Copper pour with a nice but quickly fading head. Toffee, caramel, raisin, bread. A bit of vanila. Silky and smooth despite the complexity and body. Will be much better after several year but is still very good. A beer to sip. Cannot wait to have this in 3-5 years.
Ericular (622) - 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 (250) - 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 (765) - 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 (153) - 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 (73) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (58) - 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.
Ingevara (804) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown ale. Head gone after a few seconds only. Strong in alcohol. Flavor mainly sweet licorice, sweet wort and stale dry fruit.The aroma forces itself on me, syrupy, boozy, hoppy. I’ve had better beers.
RichardGretton (4251) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2014 version. Reddish brown beer with a strong head. The aroma is rich with some roastedness, the flavour is very rich and malty with roastedness and a port like quality. Overall a reasonable strong ale.
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Zekada (143) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from systembolaget. Smell of malts, bread, raisins and some berries. Pours dark amber with a small beige head. Deep taste, berries and some bread and raisins. Palate is full and round. Overall a really enjoyable beer.
orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on nitro-tap into a Bell’s tulip at Al’s of Hampden.
A - Pours nut brown with a very spotty tan head leaving no lacing down the glass.
S - Tons of rich caramel malt up front with a touch of booze. Some dark fruits like raisins and figs mix well with a bit of spice and strong brandy flavor from the booze. A very complex nose.
T - Lots of caramel sweetness up front from the malt giving way quickly to lots of dark fruit flavors similar to the nose, toffee, and vanilla. Finish is strong booze that lingers on the pallet for some time. I liked this one a lot but I don’t think I could drink more than one at a time. It is a very heavy beer.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. A good amount of booze burn lingers for some time. I think the nitro hurt this one a bit.
D - Not too bad. I like this one out of the bottle better. I think if it was on co2 it would have been a bit better. Still one of my favorites for the style.