AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2008 vintage no 006664. Dark red-amber colour with a quickly vanishing off-white head. Aroma of raisin, dried plum. Sweet flavour of dried fruit.
rarbring (2217) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Smelling of caramel, burned sugar, honey, apricots and orange marmalade.
Appearance: A hazy hazel to chestnut brew, a warm off-white head that settles quickly leaving no lacing, but has some curtains.
Taste: Burned sugar, caramel, butter scotch, apricot marmalade, orange peel.
Palate: Low carbonation, small bubbles, oily and sticky, a big body, a warm dry finish.
Overall: I had expected more Madeira. sherry and Marzipan. Should maybe have been kept a few more years.
Note: Bottle 500 ml (Vintage 2008). Reviewed 2012-08-08.
ClubGonzo (5359) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget in Nordstan, Gothenburg. Pours a deep brown-ruby clear body with a small white head. Nose is deep caramel, honey, smooth deep malts, hints of burnt sugar and alcohol. Smooth. Taste is smooth grainy caramel, roasty sugar tones, hints of licorice and toffee. Very nice blend, with a full-bodied and smooth palate. This is a very nice Barley Wine which has clearly benefited from being released 4 years after brewing. And to top it off: it’s ecological; one of the best I’ve had within that genre for sure. A very, very underrated brew in my opinion.
tourtrappist (35) - SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full bodied, sweet, full of fruity notes, syrup/toffee like all in perfect balance.
_angst_ (4395) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Gnoff. 2008 vintage. Pours clear dark amber with a small offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, plums, raisins, alcohol, dark sweet bread, cleanser and hints of burnt sugar. Taste is very sweet, malty and metallic with caramel, dark grapes, very ripe plums, alcohol, orange peal, dark bread and hints of chemicals. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and tiny sour with dark bread, orange peal, plums, dark grapes and alcohol.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear and dark copper beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is malt, caramel, alcohol, dried fruit and fruit. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with alcoholwarmth. Overall an average beer.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with gnoff as Vintage 2008, bottle # 6091.
Cuivrée, col fin beige.
Arôme fruité noir, malt et caramel, le tout paraissant bien faible pour un barley vintage.
En bouche, le tout paraît bien léger malgré les 12%, fruits noirs, caramélisé, malt pâle, fruits noirs; figue et date, toffee sur un côté vin de Madère. Garde un fini léger amer et fruité noir.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours copper with a disapering white head. Aroma is caramel, light alcohol, fruit, light raisin and light citrus. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, raisin, citrus and light grass.
gnoff (9509) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As "Ørbæk Vintage Beer 2008".
50 cl bottle ordered from Systembolaget, sampled on May 4, 2012
Clear copper color, nice off-white head. Milky, grainy, harsh, alcohol scent. Fruity, grainy, chocolate taste. MEdium mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Grainy and alcohol aftertaste.
LoFi (1708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as Vintage Beer 2008, nr. 006204.
Amber, beige head.
Aroma: floral, perfume, toffee, honey.
Taste: vinous, toffee, earthy, some licorice, candy, sweet and malty, honey, medium bitter.
Something is missing for it to get a higher rating, but I enjoyed it.