oRos (1097) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Color is amber with beige head. Taste is bitter with dark fruits has a dark malt aftertaste.
rederic (2911) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle, vintage 2011, dark amber-copper color, with a small tan head, nice candied dry raisin, fig, date, brown sugar, barley sugar, french toast, light sponge toffee nose, with a faint floral leafy, piney, cedary hop accent, and some light candied lemon, grapefruit peel notes in the aroma follows through on a full-bodied palate with a warmth phenolic, sweet fruity, dried raisin, date, fig, brown sugar, toasted, caramelized, biscuity malt character, with a good flowery mild candied lemon, grapefruit peel, leady, grassy, piney hoppy flavour, with a light brandyish, zesty citrusy undertone, leading towards a warming, candied citrus fruitiness, brown sugar, sweet maltiness, lingering leafy, grassy, piney hop bitterness finish.
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not the top barley wine I believe (need to do a side by side tasting to really tell). Sweet flavour of caramel, bread, dried fruits, hops and grass. Dry hoppy finish.
olio (6142) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ brewpub.
Pours murky amber color with small head. Aroma of ripe fruits, sweet caramel, toffee, mild hops and some raisins. Flavour of raisins, plums, caramel, toffee, sweet sugar and hints of nuts. Well balanced.
laiti (5630) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle vintage 2011 @ Pike Brewery, Seattle
Aroma is rather sweet with caramel and ripe fruits. Flavour is sweet with lots of raisins, some slightly harsh malt and fruit sugar. Too sweet stuff, the raisins are nice though.
ration (1928) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
160712. Bottle at pike brewery. Pours murky hazel with a nice small head. Aroma raisins, sweet malty flavours. Sweet raisiny taste. Full bodied. Not Bad.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAY 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22 oz. (2009) from Grain and Vine) Pours cloudy/hazy dark reddish-amber. Thin tan head. Aroma of candy-malt, fruit, toffee, bit of booze. Mouthfeel quite smooth, medium-full, buttery, a touch sticky on the back end. A syrupy film and weepy rings and dabs of lacing melt down the inside of the glass. Flavor of toffee, chocolate, candy-malt, caramel, touch of fruit. Smokey-malt character. Alcohol warmth oozes out but not overly hot.
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2012 Pours a light brown, with ample but fast disappearing head. Aroma is mostly sweet and malty. Primary taste note is bitter hoppiness, with the malt pretty well in the background. Finishes with a long lingering hop bitterness. Not bad, but just not the sort of barely wine I like as is lack complexities and is skewed heavily toward the bitter side.
Update: Sampled a bottle from cellar after 19 months. Really not very good. Still pretty bitter, but has an off taste that I do not like. Not a good cellar candidate.
BK7 (731) - Turner, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Sweet up front with mild bitterness throughout. Gets sweeter as it warms up. A little alcohol towards the end.
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle that poured an amber color aromas of pine, malt, citrus, and caramel. Flavors are the same, pine, malt, caramel, citrus, and some booze in the aftertaste. Nice little barleywine.