Leini (1651) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 2014 year edition. Clear amber, with a thin white head. Dried fruit, madeira, alcohol, light syrup.
Scopey (11365) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours dark brown with a small white head. The nose is freshly baked bread, fruit cake, raisin, toffee, brown sugar and light oxidation. The taste is raisin, toffee, earth, caramel, butterscotch, honey and sweet fruit cake. Medium body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Wow...pretty damn sweet! A desert beer for sure, but a challenging drink if you don’t have a sweet tooth!
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Paul. Aroma is sweet with toffee, caramel and dried dark fruits. Some booze. Taste is sweet with toasted coconut, raisins and figs. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Overall, good one.
Leighton (17225) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the the Pre-Zwanze tasting - London. Thanks to Paul. Pours clear amber with a fine, creamy tan head. Nose has some oxidised malts, dried fruits, toffee. Big sweet flavor, pleasant aged character, toasty bread, dry toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, lots of cake, toffee, figs. Very tasty stuff. The years have added some interesting nuance here.
mR_fr0g (7837) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 Bamberg jolly day 2 25/01/2014. Bottle shared at Cafe Abseits grand tasting. Bright orange dark copper colour with a fleeting white head. Aroma is strawberry jam, wood and hot alcohol. Sweet and jammy. Flavour is sweet, jammy, orange, marmelade. Paalate is sticky sweet, smooth. Quite clean.
Bottle at pre zwanze tasting. Aroma is caramel mint. Orange caramel small head. Sweet caramel toffee. Really sticky sweet. Too sweet for me.
McTapps (6324) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out in a deep dark amber / brown colour with steady low head and smooth body. Delicious nose of plums and raisins. Taste of raisins, rum, cask, oak, plums, sour berries and nuts. Hints of thin coffee and chocolate. Light sour touch, but deeply enjoyable and nice. Enjoyed it a lot, though I missed some body and deepness.
MichaelAwesome (6289) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from balderbitch - thank you a lot. Strong one for sure but with not a big hint of alcohol at all. Nice, really fruity and quite filled with plums and raisins. Definitely a great one for the colder autmun evenings. Superb piwo with superb aromas.
gEUS (1663) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
250 ml bottle at home. Thanks again to astropjutet and deflagro for offering this bottle. Pours murky amber with a tiny soapy head. Aroma of madeira, almonfs, earthy notes, plums and honey. Evolved, so much is clear. Medium body with sweet malty undertone, slight sourness and slight bitterness towards the end. Taste is very raw and earthy, nuts and bits of orange peel. So and so.
ansalon (2450) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 edition, bottle at home. Pours cloudy amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel, raisins, figs, muscovado sugar, caramellized apples. Taste is caramel, figs, raisins, ripe apples, muscovado sugar, burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is just slightly too thin, otherwise a very fine Barley Wine that’s aged well.
Marstonlad (687) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bryggeri Helsinki. Hazy brown color, very little head. A rich aroma of sweet, ripe fruitiness, syrup, toffee and spices - very intriguing. Taste is just the kind I expect from a good Barley Wine: rich in both malts and hops, very sweet, strong, fruity and spicy. Full body and nearly flat carbonation. This was an excellent beer that has to be enjoyed slowly.