Douberd (1702) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle labeled as Redshank Barley Wine. At home, poured into the Borefts taster, ABV 7.5%
Deep and dark red brown colour, with one finger of thick head, tan in colour, with good retention, leaving light lacing on the glass.
Aroma of dark fruits, plums mainly, sugars, light caramel, raisins, light alcohol.
Tastes sweet with again plenty of dark fruits, sugar and molasses, no tracce of the alcohol now, well maybe a bit on the finish, more raisins and plum, some malts. Light but long lasting bitterness on the aftetaste.
Medium body, quite carbonated.
Overall a very good barley wine, maybe a bit low on the alcohol.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
27.5cl bottle courtesy of markwise, thanks Mark. It pours with a murky amber body that supported a two minute long tan head. The aroma offers up malts, a dash of biscuit malts to slightly roasted malts and then it heads into firm levels of brown sugar, plums raisins and a bit of booze at the end of the draw. The taste begins in a similar fashion with some smooth sweet malts lined with a malt sweetened mild roastiness. The brown sugar note quickly kicks in along with plums and raisins and a slight boozy roughness. In the background there seems to be a little molasses to sort of fruit cake notes. Decent old school barleywine.
deanso (4666) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle from ABCBeers.
Thick creamy off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. A smooth barley wine.
BOSSbrewer (1313) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Casey. From a 2005 bottle. Pours a reddish dark brown. Lots of prunes sweet malt and chocolate in the nose. Lots of dark fruits in the flavor. Mildly carbonated. Very nice beer.
prawlie (1054) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into bowl shaped glass. Very dark, with a creamy head. Malty, light roast aroma, smells good. Smooth, dry, with good body. Light roast malt. Good but lacks the depth of the likes of Gulden Draak.
jmgreenuk (3563) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Poured a clear dark brown with a broken off white head. The aroma is rich and surprisingly alcoholic leading to a strong bitter flavour with a malt alcohol liqourice palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Could do with just a little more alcohol I feel. It needs to burn a little more than it does.
kermis (4262) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours clear brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, sweet fruit and raisin. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Osprey87 (1161) - London via, WALES - SEP 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased a couple of weeks ago from brewery. Ratebeer describes it as an ’old ale’ but it describes itself as a ’barley wine’. Drunk on a horrible rainy night. Pours a fairly boring dark brown/black with very little head. Not looking that inspiring! Smell is pungent caramel, toffee, old ale, ’raisin’, maybe some raspberry/strawberry in the background. Body is light to medium, a little foamy. Taste - plenty of toffee, raisin, spice. It’s very similar to the Founders Dirty Bastard that I’ve just finished, but the body is slightly inferior so it loses a mark for that.
zimbo (483) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Craig’s tasting in Eberger.
Very smooth. No carb at all. Light richness with that nice medicinal quality I often assocuate with good old ales. Some soothing red fruit and caramel too.
stravale (1895) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s 271012
Dark caramel, soft haze, off white frothy head
Aroma - soft toffee malts, some nice soft raisin malts, mellow
Taste - caramel malts, nice toffee malts, dark fruity malts, raisin
Palate - soft carb, smooth texture. Finish as main flavour, smooth
Overall - Tasty mellow smooth old ale