holdan (260) - USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coca colaish with minor head. Aroma is sweet from dark fruits. Taste is very sweet from raisin, dates. caramel, chocolate. Body full, texture, thick, carb is low. Smooth. Finish with sweetness. Hidden alcohol impact. Reminds of a portwine.
Nisse666 (4557) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 Bottle (the new 25 cl release - 2010), 2010-03-02, Göteborg
AR: fruity (figs, + ?) , syrup, american hops
AP: dark amber body, fudgy wee head
F: oily, syrup, fruity (figs, resin) , american hops, + bitterness.
Wife: 3,9... Me: 4,0
2008 edition (2010-06-05) thx to rglk, caramel, dry, sweet but on the other hand sour = 3,6
skortila (4648) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. The aroma has caramel and raisiny malts, some grapefruit hoppiness. Clear, amber-red coloured beer with a lasting off-white head. The taste is sweet, has toffee, hops, raisins mainly. Belly-warming beer. Alcohol present. Nice.
gyllenbock (5074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with a thick small white head.
Malt, vinous, caramel, berries and some alcohol. Sweet taste, lots of malt. Not bad but very sweet.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle at SMOF. Vintage 07. Copper colour, pretty low head. Almond paste and cognac in aroma. Nice higher alcohols. Obvious alcohol in flavour, it gets too much, and becomes bitter. Nice solid maltiness, but lacking the bold malt kick I want in a Barly Wine. Not all complex. Or not that outspoken. Alcool dominates and lingers unfortunately after 2 years in bottle.
thebeertourist (4937) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from De Bierkoning. Pours deep red copper with a big, yellowish head. Potent citrus hops and raisins aroma. Raisins, toffee and grapefruit flavours, all perfectly balanced. A very enjoyable barley wine- harmonious and dangerously drinkable.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@Home. Very malty aroma. Orange golden colour, beige head, good lace. Very sweet, light malty, lots of malts, hint of honey, sugar and maple syrup. Nice Barley Wine, tasted like it had aged a little, could use some hops.
olsvammel (3635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2010 Appearance: 4/5
Dark, slightly hazy, amber liquid with a small dirty white foam.
Strong smell of wood, malt, caramell and also wineous almost like porter. Some alcohol as well.
Sweet with allot of malt, sugar, hops and wine.
Puckering mouthfeel, thick body and medium smooth puckering mouthfeel. It put a smile on my face.
A very nice Barley Wine that reminds me a bit of Bigfoot Barley wine although with less hops and lighter body. It might have been a bit to sweet though, but it might improve over time. I’m going to buy another bottle and store for at least a year to see what I think.
Something worth mentioning is the 25 cl bottle that just feels perfect for this kind of beer. I wouldn’t mind similar bottles in the future.
jaghana (4221) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 25cl. Well balanced, huge malt aroma, caramel. Bit of oak flavour, very enjoying barley wine.
SaintMatty (5564) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Dark brown with red tinges. Sweet and malty aroma with dried fruit and spicy malt. Sweet and fruity taste with malt, caramel and dried fruits.