fonefan (31767) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 2005. Red mahogany color with little head. Lots of fruit and caramel in its aroma. Quite bitter with very full mouthfeel - brandy and sherry flavours (and feel). Ends quite sweet and a very long aftertast.
yespr (28627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cL bottle (2004 no 9292). Pours hazy amber with a copper colour and a minimal lacing head. Roasted fruity and malty sweet flavour, somewhat sweaty/herbal. Quite wellbalanced yet somewhat woody. Quite caramel sweet. Ends a slight bitter wrapped is mellow sweet malty flavour.
Ungstrup (27643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Vintage 2003 sampled in 2012 side by side with a vintage 1998. A murky brown beer with no head - the 1998 is a clear dark amber. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, wood, nuts, and malt, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol burns slightly on the tongue. I like the older version better.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle 25 cl) Bottle # 08581- vintage 2004. Clear copper colour with an almost nonexistent head. Basically no carbonation. Extremely full and rich aroma with apricots and overripe fruit. Very - almost extremely - full body. Lots of sweet and overripe fruit and some sherry-like, wooden accents. Soft, complex and very delicate. 081006
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (2005 vintage). Reddish brown colour, minor head. Aroma is plum, grapes, caramel malts, raisins and some toffee. Also alcohol gives a nice sting. Flavour is redwineish, a lot of grapes, berries, plum, alcohol. Long alcoholic finish. Just a lovely balanced thing.
joergen (18846) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red brown coloured with a small orange head.
Sweet aroma with lots of fruits and berries and notes of port and alcohol.
Not much carbonation, I would prefer more carbonation.
Sweet flavour with lots of fruits and oak with notes of port and hops.
Dry bitter finish.
I guess I’m gonna buy a lot of this one, it seems like a beer that’s get better with some aging.
This beer is one of the reasons why I’m very fond of barley wine.
omhper (18326) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, thanks Rauchbier!
Cloudy brownish appearance. Hineyish berry aroma. Sweet and fruity. Not yet mature, but well balanced. Lightly salty finish. The malt character is just wonderful...
Dedollewaitor (13014) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005: Golden amber with no head. Aroma is
vinous, sweet malts & alcohol. Very strong aroma. Smooth, round & soft well balanced body. Fruits (raisins/prunes) & oak & a high sweetness. Rich & powerfull! A true
fiulijn (13000) - MalmŲ, ITALY - MAY 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013
2013-03-07, vintage 2004, 9 years old, 7-3-8-3-15=36
Brown color, virtually no head. It has some of the classic aroma, with a twist of nuts and oxidization. The mouthfeel is a bit oily; it has a good malty flavor, rich enough, with medium sweetness, with some roasted nuts too; correct bitterness, and pleasant alcohol warmth; it shows light oxidization. The final is just a tad more roasty than really desired from this beer.
Pleasant, balanced, classic English Barley Wine, and definitively better than the 2008 tasted side-to-side.
2013-03-07, vintage 2008, 5 years old, 7-3-7-3-13=33
Brown color, virtually no head; the pour is oily. The aroma is close to the classic, but not as powerful; there is some malt, dark caramel, dust and light oxidization. The carbonation is almost completely gone, therefore the mouthfeel is slightly oily; some malt flavor, but mostly there are roasted nuts; moderate residual sweetness, some alcohol perception, and quite strong bitterness. Apparently a bit salty too.
Less malty and sweet than the 2004 tasted side-to-side, and with just too much roastiness. It seems quite messy.
2011-11-05, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-15=40
Dark mahogany color, hazy, revealing red reflex against a source of light; it has a medium sized head, a thin layer of which is persistent. The aroma is malty, rich, with caramel, some butter, and some Parmigiano Reggiano. Full bodied, it has a strong malt flavor, sweet, with caramel, some fudge, but also a very light, unusual sourness; the bitterness is quite high, but in balance with the sweetness; the alcohol perception is mild; there is a medium nutty character.
Good, but probably requires more years.
2010-10-31, vintage 2004, 6 years old, 7-4-8-4-16=39
Tasted in parallel with 2 vintages of the original Eldridge Popeís
The bottle has little carbonation; it pours a dark brown color, with red shades, without head; less deposit in the bottle than the older samples. There is some caramel aroma, mild, with some alcohol and butter, wood; it canít hold up to the original version. The mouthfeel is strong, sticky, and a bit oily; good caramel flavor, malt, sweet, with a touch of chocolate and Madeira; the alcohol is more evident than in the Eldridge Popeís, maybe the bitterness too, hence the final is more balanced; itís also a bit woody. The malt profile is less interesting than in the Eldridge Popeís, but the final is more complex. Very good, it has potential to improve for another few years.
2008-04-02, vintage 2006, 2 years old, 8-5-9-3-17=42
Lovely nutty malt, a bit alcoholic, with a good body strength, but not too thick. It still has to mature a few years.
2004-05-18, vintage 2003, 1 year old, bottle 000434, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Beautiful ruby color; more fizzy than the original. Malty aroma, but also an incredible apple note; later it develops a caramel character. Malty (of course), well balanced by a strong bitterness; more aggressive than the original (a light wood sourness), sweet caramel, lightly burnt sugar. A bit too alcoholic.
Very good Barley Wine, but less complex than the original.
MiP (12839) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 bottle, 11.7%. Very malty, peppery, creamy and roasted aroma, with some dried fruits. Quite complex aroma. Cloudy dark red/brown colour with a small light brown head. The flavour is very sweet. Has some sweet fruits, dried apricot. I sensed a little aroma hops at the beginning, but now they are gone. Very pleasant, peppery aftertaste. Low carbonation.