MartinT (8821) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This serious creature of a Barley Wine stuns the tastebuds with its oaken alcohol, fruity chocolate, vanilla-like sweet spiciness, and peaty earthiness for a classy but stern moment of sipping.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of foam decorates the reddish blackness.
-The alcohol is strong throughout, almost burning in the finish. This is obviously meant for slow sipping.
-The body is quite healthy and never falls into syrupy textures.
-The fruitiness is also redolent of black grapes and cherries.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Keith for sharing this! Black pour with very thin beige head. Vanilla, bourbon and roasty aroma. Dark fruit, peat, vanilla, and toffee.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a near black with no real head to speak of. Very peaty aroma with just a bit of roast malt. Peaty woody taste with a hint of charcoal and chocolate. Sort of a strange tasting brew. Almost no carbonation at all. Decent.
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle thanks to papsoe. Shared at February Houston Tasting. Pours black with no head. Nose was sour with whiskey and wood. Taste was yummy fruit with some whiskey. Mouthfeel was medium with tart and sour characteristics. Very nice
Rune (9994) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml swingtop bottle bought for a relatively expensive price at Cornelius in Edinburgh. Vintage 2007, hand bottled 10.11.07. Thin, light brown head on top of a ruby-black body. Peaty aroma containing oak, dark coffee malt and a underlying note of liquorice. The flavour character appears as reminiscent of a dry, semi-sweet port wine. The vanilla oak works quite well together with figs and raisin. The concluding bitterness has got a smoky touch to it. Maybe rather too wine-like. I must admit that I had expected a little more, but, nonetheless, it is a fine drink for having a good time on late evenings (shared at Finns, Tromsø 18.02.2009).
Finn (5563) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0,75l brewed 3th June and hand bottled 10th November 2007. Shared with Rune. (Thanks). Dark red/black colored. A rapidly dwindling mocha colored head. Some coffee and liquorice in the aroma. Flavor is close to port wine. Vinous. Touch of oak. Dry fruity bitter aftertaste reminding you that this is a beer after all. KI=3
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild funky on the nose, dark fruits, oaky aromas. Pours very dark with a thin head. The flavor is full of dark fruits, smooth chocolate, oaky vanilla, with some mild funk. Nice very nice.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, picked up in Edinburgh. Opened with Alaskanwarren for our "Reeser Got Married" tasting. Deep red-brown, dense espresso-tan head. Toasty brown sugar aroma, rum, Marmite. Dry salty roast flavor, a touch of old oak barn boards. Viney, mineral finish. Lots of interesting character that doesn’t quite come together as well as it could.
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
slightly tart, lots of dark malts, rich fruits, smooth milk chocolate and vanilla bean. hardly any carbonation. pretty good.
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is toasted and slightly sour with fruit, licorice, and oak. The appearance is black with almost no head. The flavor is like the aroma with a burnt finish. The palate is watery. Overall this is not very good. It’s certainly not like most barley wines.