S_Side_Smitty (715) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours the color of caramel with a small off white head. The aroma is toffee verging on coffee, dark malts, and molasses. Taste is awesome! Heavy cane syrup and in your face coffee. Thick creamy mouthfeel and a very light bitter finish. I didn’t know that barley wines could taste like this.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - Thanks Mette for sharing. Clear dark red/brown - white head. Ryebread, nice malty, nutty, barley, nice fruity, sweetness, ok alcoholic notes, chocolate, raisins, dried fruits, light hoppy bitterness, some candy sweetness, caramel, apple, phenolic, brown sugar. Nice balance. Nice drinkable.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured murky, deeper brown with a well-retained, toasted marshmallow head.. not the best color, but it set up nicely. The aroma picked up aged bready malts, caramel, and darker fruits with accents of oxidation and spicy yeast.. more fruit on the back of the nose as it warmed up.. not nearly as much boozage as I expected. The flavor found an array of aged, toasted bready malts at the core with light, tart fruit skins laced throughout.. touches of dry, cardboardey oxidation too.. finished very dry with fruity/yeasty notes and peppery alcohol. Medium-plus bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. sharp and tart in places I really didn’t need it.. overall the alcohol was well-hidden.. this was aiight.
CanIHave4Beers (4026) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red with a small head.
Aroma is floral with some light caramel, some nice licorice, and some brandy notes.
The flavor is boozy, with a nice light roastiness, some toasted caramel, some nice almost brandied raisin character.
Pretty darned nice.
Macegan75 (818) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle from my cellar. Pours medium brown with red hew like stove top candy. nose is cherry licorice, brown malt, and brown sugar, taste is similar with a nice mouthfeel. finish is hard candy and honey.
madmitch76 (22450) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5th May 2013
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Palate is slightly soft with fine carbonation. Mild creamy malt with an unsweet toffee streak. Touch of dried fruits and a whisper of bubblegum ester. Finishes dry. Not bad. Hides the abv well!
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber into a tulip
Dark toffee/ caramel color. Half finger of off white head. Falls off quickly to a thin collar. Some thickness shown in the ABV legs. Little to no lacing.
Nose is warm, melted brown sugar, toffee, prunes and raisin. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose.
Taste is pretty much the same as above. Touches of sherry in the taste with the above. Not as jammy as others and a bit one dimensional as very forward caramel and raisin.
Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly sweet. Missing something I thought, as just very one dimensional. Nice beer though
ineedbeer (1859) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled Nov. 2011
Aroma is fairly fruity and sweet with a medium low sherry character. Fruit is dominated by raisin with some prune, plums and a hint of banana chips. Light toasted bread note and medium low caramel aroma. Light toffee is also present but this beer is not very malt forward.
Pours a somewhat murky brown with a good amount of amber and ruby highlights. Very faint, light tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and medium low legs.
Flavor is a bit more malt forward than the aroma. Some moderate toasted bread notes, faint roast, light chocolate, moderate caramel and toffee. There is a medium high bitterness that is fairly harsh and medium low alcohol spice to the finish. The fruit notes are medium low and are raisin and prune mostly. Finish is prune, chocolate and alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall not a great barleywine even with the age. The fruit does not meld well with the bitterness and astringency and leaves a really bad finish. The malt is not assertive enough to balance everything else going on in this beer.
JorisPPattyn (9531) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small yellow-beige head, not very persistent, over clear red-chestnut coloured beer. Rich cake nose with milk chocolate, bit of dried fruit; chocolate-covered fruit (prunes?). Bitter-hoppy, with a syrupy, cakey background. Hints at liqueur, and grapes or plums on spirit. Further hints at citruspeel, vinous character; Warming up, starts to acquire Belgian pralines properties, chocolatey, raisins. Feels a lot more carbonated than it looks. Viscous, well-bodied. Long bitter/ish aftertaste. Vinous BW. Nice!
Koelschtrinker (17730) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stark malziger Antrunk. Süß röstig, wenig alkoholisch. Intensiv, etwas Mohn, weich, dennoch sehr aromatisch. Noch etwas würziger werdend, süß malzig röstiges Finish. 11/12/11/12/12/12