VastActiv (2003) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is clear copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, caramel, fruits and malts.
Holmen1 (1846) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kveldens siste på Mandag i annen jan-14: har bare drukket denne fra flaske, kjekt å få den på cask. Vakker rødbrun farge og en farlig lett aroma - dette kombinert med bærsødmen tilsier at den burde komme med en advarsel. Kanskje navnet er nettopp advarselen? Skallen var heldigvis intakt morgenen derpå.
tmoreau (2050) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
9 oz. draft serving dispensed to a snifter at Lunar Brewing Co., showing good clarity to the deep mahogany color, an off white/light tan, silky layer of head foam, and decorative waves & spots of lacing. The aroma was dark fruit, mainly cherry, and caramelly sweetness. The taste was similar but more involved, with a port-like nature, moderate & lingering hop bitterness, a bit of astringency, some booziness, with pleasant dryness to the finish. Fuller character, and much more to my liking than the bottled version.
mike5326 (614) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a tap. Light brown caramel color, light white head. Slight sour smell. Lip smacking tart, malt flavor.
Luvystypotables (329) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasant nose hint of malt, a bit of yeast, warm bread. Dark colour like burnt caramel. Smooth taste with a Belgian palate.
Sockamania (42) - - JUL 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very nice beer with gentle but strong toffee and caramel taste. Would definitely have again.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate-brown with light, creamy, beige head (barrel-aged?) / Smooth, malty, woody nose of dark fruit and chocolate / Medium to full body, smooth with woody astringency, some sourness, hot but good balance and bitter finish / Complex flavors of sour malt, cider, milk chocolate, oak, dark cherry, and prune / Wouldn’t call this a barley wine in either character or at 8% abv, more of a Belgian brown.
Finn (3754) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The 8th Redhill Beer Festival 2 Nov 12. Søt fruktaroma. Smaken er tung frukt. Litt syrlig. Ettersmak av syrlige plommer.
Rune (7226) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from gravicask, half pint shared with Finn as our last drink at The 8th Redhill Beer Festival. Headless, slightly hazy, dark brown coloured body. Dried fruity aroma. Dark plums, prunes, raisin and bread in a rather well blended flavour supported by alcohol warmth on the swallow. Full bodied. Very nice even though it’s quite heavy to drink, 02.11.2012).
tombyars (1304) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First tasted this in Coanes, Johnstone in January 1992. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear garnet red in colour with a thick creamy white head. Strong boozy aroma of fermented fruit with green apples and dates evident. Smooth resiny mouthfeel and poor lacing. Mixed malts give a huge Dundee cake base with strong notes of sweet dates, plums, cherries, sultanas and maple syrup. There is a hint of spicy hop resins in the short aftertaste but booming sweet malt obliterates all. Finish is throat warming with alchoholic notes of Southern Comfort mixed with plum brandy and vanilla oak cask. An excellent Barley Wine to be sipped and savoured. Highly recommended.