Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A red beer with a huge beige head. The aroma is sweet with primariry notes of coriander, while the flavor is sweet with loads of alcohol, as well as lesser notes of caramel and spices. The spices gives it a very dry end.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Pours a very pretty, warm amber with a small, rough head. Sweetish, caramelish nose. Full-bodied with lots of sweet caramel and some nutty accents. This is really closer to a Barley Wine in style. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 250306
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(2003) Clear amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, floral, pine. Taste is candy sugar sweet, melon, caramel, floral/pine, finishing champagne. Fairly dry finish with alcohol warming. Medium-light body, surprising for a beer of such alcohol.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: April 21, 2001
Source: Belmont Station, Portland
Appearance: clear amber, thin white head
Aroma: strong hop aroma
Flavor: rich malt with lots of hop flavor, very well balanced, no aparent alcohol for its 9.9%
Overall: a nw barley wine that’s not over the top
Date: November 06, 2008
Source: Ale Atlanta
hop character has all but died, caramel malt character is mostly dry, just slight sweetness comes in with a bit of stickyness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
hopscotch (9558) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sparkling clear amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head.
The aroma is of caramel, orange blossom honey, fir and fresh rubber.
Nicely balanced flavor. The alcohol is decently concealed. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, then astringent and dry finish. Very nice!
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. 2003 Vintage. Poured a medium orangish color with a larger sized off white head. Initial pours were clear and became hazy and cloudy as I got towards the bottom. Aromas of toasted nuts, wood, caramel, and some dark fruits. Very light oxidation but not detracting. Tastes of caramel, oranges, and some dark fruits. Tastes on the softer side. Alcohol well hidden with the body on the thinner side.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 Ruby red hue. Mig malty nose. Smooth and syrupy on the tongue. Has a strong honey flavor, complimented by a slight apple/alcohol bite mid-drink. Finish is sticky, flavored like honey and lemom.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Any first impressions?
-A foam circle looks down on the glowing maple gold.
-Fruity caramel and earthiness may have merged once, but are distant at this point.
-Overall flavors are mild, low in complexity, and sweetness is perhaps the only attainable pleasure for now.
-Mouthfeel is complacent, another sign of its unceremonious aging.
What if you dig deeper?
-Aroma and flavor are fragile, and don’t last long.
-Fruitiness reaches red currants, mild cherries, but cannot gather enough bulk to titillate.
-Alcohol is nicely hidden, barely heating the back of the mouthful.
-A wilted flower still draws emotion, but certainly not one near well-being.
Bottle; 2003 vintage.
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish colour. Distinct grainy cereal aroma, with plenty of hops too. Malt and raisins in the flavour, with some hop. The mouthfeel is rather sweet and sticky, with a hint of hop. Powerful, but not very subtle. Not really an old ale, but not a particularly typical barley wine either. Whatever it is, all in all I quite liked it. Cask (gravity) at GBBF 2004.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003: Pours a clear copper golden with a thin whispy white head. Malt sugar aroma with a strong lager yeast presence. Body is sugary sweet with some caramel maltiness. Finishes with a candy sweetness and the faintest hint of hops. Hides its alcohol very well, but doesn't have nearly the complexity or balance I would have expected. I'd say this is definitely more of an Old Ale than a Barley Wine, but nothing special at that.