olio (8883) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori, Tampere.
Pours murky red-brown color with a minimal head. Aroma of sweet ripe fruits, caramel, some toffee notes and brown sugar. Flavor of sweet sugar, caramel malts, ripe fruits and some syrup notes.
k0mpsa (2349) - Tuusula, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 Bottle at konttori, tampere. Hazy reddish dark brown color with small white head. FANTASTIC aroma of rye bread, sweetness, sugar, malts, some alcohol, cherry. Balanced taste, sweetness, little alcohol, rye bread, cherry and oak, some hops at the end. It’s awesome.
laiti (7913) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 26.09.2010
Aroma has semi‐ripe fruits, some hops and caramel. Flavour is somewhat hoppy and sweet with fruits, caramel and distant berry notes. Quite malty palate. A positive surprise.
beer_est_deus (1094) - örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Klar orange-rosa med pytte skum som snabbt försvinner. Doft: Russin, fikon, fat, rostat trä, övermogna äpplen, gräddkola, örter. Smak: Apelsinskal, fikon, humle, bränt socker, röda äpplen, kavring, choklad. Flaska:2011
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Little nip bottle 2009 vintage, poured a dark orangish color with aroams of light honey, figs, dark fruit, and some caramel. Flavors follow suit with some light vanilla and wet wood flvors. Decent barleywine overall.
hackobock (3213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2013 Re-rate 2010 version. (Taste 7-8, Overall 15-16)
Bottle from Systembolaget, 2011 version. Dark amber with a small off-white head. Figs, dates, honey, dark sugar, madeira in the aroma. Taste follows the aroma with a dried fruit sweetness transforming into a lingering bitterness.
Pyrmir (5318) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
250 ml bottle, vintage 2011. Aroma sweet, with apricots, figs, alcohol. Taste sharp, like fermented mature fruits. Dry apricots, caramel and lots of alcohol.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to tkrjukoff for this one. Pours a murky orange with an off-white head. Nose is toffee, some light hops, some slight oxidation, and prunes, figs, and barleywine fruits. Flavor is also barleywine fruits with some mild hops and yeasty bitterness in the back. Medium in body and interesting overall.
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to markwise for scoring me this barleywine brew while we were in Denver. The 33cl bottle pours with a hazy amber body with copper hues that supports a lasting tan head of foam. The aroma offers up sweet honey and brown sugar covered prunes, plums and apples followed by a slight mineral yeastiness. The taste is similar with esteriness mixed with almost honey sweetness to malts sweetness. To midway it picks up pine to spicy hoppiness.
rarbring (2181) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: The smell is, as should be, vinous - Port, Madeira. Sweet dried fruits, figs, dates. Fermentation and yeast.
Appearance: The beer is brown, red hints, with a firm beige head leaving lots of lacing.
Taste: Abundantly sweet, dried apricots, spices, cloves. A good bitter balance, bitter almond.
Palate: Rather good carbonation, small fresh bubbles, yet a firm feeling.
Overall: I have difficulties rating barley wines, barely beers as they are. But to me this was rather accessible.
Note: Bottle 250 ml. (Vintage 2010) Reviewed 2011-07-16.