Melker (171) - Varberg, - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 2011 vintage. Amber colour, small off-white head which disappears quickly.
Lovely aroma of caramel, butterscotch, dark fruits, cinnamon and bread. Complex taste. Sweet malts, maybe a bit smokey. Bitter aftertaste...
2010 vintage (2013 march): Sweeter, more fruits, less caramel. Less bitterness than 2011. Aroma reminds me a lot of port wine. Enjoyable but I prefer 2011.
NilsHenrikBo (15) - Västerås, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle. Dark caramel color, lightly hazy. Aroma has plums, raisins and some nuts. Very malty and sweet taste, with caramel, nut and orange. One of the best of this style I have tried.
WilleLW (154) - Lund, SWEDEN - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red/amber colour with a fluffy head. Malty aroma wit alcohol, burnt sugar and some sweet berries. Fruity and extremely "caramely" taste. Apparent caramel with a balanced sweetness. Some tart, fruits, fruit cake, toffee, some alcohol and plums.
vikage (118) - SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate, caramell and cream. The caramell is the dominant one and reminds me a lot of "kolasnören"
Nice clear amber colour with minimal head
Sweet caramell taste without being to sweet. Yet again there I come to think of "kolasnören" with a touch of raisins. Finish is a bit raisiny.
Full body, sof carbonation and oily texture
A nice barley wine even if I prefer the more bitter ones.
Theydon_Bois (5266) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2009) from an IP trade cheers to Ronny (rlgk) split at JF’s, 03/11/13.
Dark orange amber with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is toffee, dates, dark fruits, boozey, sugars.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, caramelised sugar, dates, cake mix, brown sugars, dates.
Fullish bodied, fine carbonation, sweet booze in the finale.
Solid BW, good balance and not to sweet.
Hoppsan (41) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Lovely dark amber color. Cream and pineapple in aroma. Some roasted caramel and perhaps smoke in flavor. Way too sweet for my liking, but probably a nice complement to ice cream, chocolate or fruit cakes. Come to think of it, this would be great with Pannetone!
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Ratman197 (8471) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip bottle courtesy of Hackobock (thanks Jacob!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of toffee, tobacco. dried fruit and light sherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee,dried fruit, tobacco and light sherry with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
Nocturne (546) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle. Pours out dark amber with a thin ring of head. Evolving aroma of fruit cake, cognac fruitiness, prune and chocolate. Slight medicinal quality. Taste is not quite so complex, more toffee-heavy, doesn’t show as many nuances as the aroma. Not as sweet as I thought. Mouthfeel a little thin and undefined. Solid barley wine but not top tier.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big treacly malt nose, oranges, nuts, something slightly meaty and savory. Orange-brown with lace. Oily, silky body. Sweet flavor of treacle, orange, caramel, with a peppery hop finish. Nice balance.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale brown color. Sweet malty, burnt raisins, brown sugar, frangelico, treacles, very strong nose. The mouth is sweet malty, with brown sugar and burnt raisins. Big full bodied, moderately hoppy. Warming. Enjoyable, but after the nose it is a bit directionless.
Leini (427) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sample at a tasting. 2012 year edition. Red, with a thin white head. Will most likely benefit of being forgotten a while, as it was quite unbalanced.