leaparsons (7805) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark copper brown with a thin foam. Aromas are raisins and toffee with marzipan alcohol. Plummy with tobacco and red berries. Herbal with meaty notes and soy with spices. Flavours are toffee with meaty, bonfire notes and plummy raisins. Woody with earthy pear and spices. Funky mellow lemony yeast with gritty cocoa. Fairly plummy and vinous. Boozy and peppery but quite quaffable. Nice.
Holmen2 (421) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber, absolutely no head. Vinous aroma of ripe plums, port and dried fruits. No carbonation.
gunnar (4871) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. 2010 Vintage. Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is deep earthy malty, dust and plums. Thick oily mouthfeel. Taste is sweet, ripe berries, thick oily malts, lingering....
abemorsten (2502) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 vintage. Small bottle kindly shared by Holmen2. Clear copper colored body, no head. Fruity, salty, malty and complex. Pungent. Full bodied and flat. Alco warm
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - 2010 Vintage, Drank July 2012 - Clear Amber Brown in colour. Heavily sedimented but no floaties. No head; completely flat. Very Malty; caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, roasty malts. Very Fruity; ripe dark fruits, raisins, dates, prunes. Vinous; port or sherry notes. Rather syrupy. Alcohol very evident. Initially, very sweet malty fruity but becomes increasingly bitter towards the finish. Rather salty dry finish. Interesting, but not really to my taste.
Grzesiek79 (2971) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2010. Perfekcyjne Barley Wine w angielskim stylu. Wyglad tej malej buteleczki jest ladny, piwo wyglada natomiast gozej bo jest calkowicie bez piany. Na jezyku wyczuwalny smak toffi i syropu nuty porto i sherry byly dosc wyrazne. po przelknieciu trufle mi sie jeszcze na mysl nasywaly. Kolor czerwonawo brazowy, dosc ciemny. Porto w tym piwie takze dosc wyrazne. Moze bylo za bardzo slodkie, alkoholu mnostwo co bylo wyczuwalne w koncowce, ale i tak w swoim gatunku niemal doskonale.
Duncat (4) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ahhhhh, this is overwhelmingly sweet. The aroma is of marmite, perhaps some dark fruit and soy sauce. Murky brown beer, similar to a quad. Taste of toffee, perhaps a little brown sugar. Doesnít bite like a Iíd expect from a 12.9% but itís unbalanced. There is no real complexity to it.
Itís literally like having marmite on unbuttered bread with loads of brown sugar.
I was not fond of this, lacked complexity and the only selling point is the strength.
TBone (11935) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled vintage 2010 12.9%
Hazy chestnut brown color, tiny head. Toffee, alcohol, some Madeira in the nose. Full-bodied. Sweetish toffee, some ageing notes, Madeira, lots of malts. Typical English.
DanielBrown (3629) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2013 Bottle from Metro Wines, Syston, Leics. Flat, treacle colour. Burnished toffee and a whole host of sweet, malty flavours which Foxo and Scopey correctly identify below. Really smooth and powerful. Niiiiice. Super bargain.
Leighton (9874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask during the Mikkeller Tap Takeover at King William IV - London. Pours clear, amber-russet with a light, white film cap. Deep, well aged fruits on the nose, some brown sugar, heavy figs and dates. Big sweet flavor with mellow wood, brown sugar, rich bread, dark cherries, massive dates, figs, hints of chocolate. Full bodied with soft, fine carbonation. Warming finish without being hot (impressive given the ABV) with moderate toffee and tons more dates and figs. Very decadent and dangerously drinkable. Well done.