MartinT (8491) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2005 (1-year-old, 2002 bottle)
Like a sonic flare, this explosive pine orchestra throbs frenetic, a palpitating hop organ devouring any thought of silence...An eminent cohort of cantaloups dallies forth, circling the growling core of alcoholic indiscipline, enticing the maple syrup bourgeoisie to salute the screaming conscience of pleasure...Triumphant, plurality is invoked by the monster citrus and the forbidden cacophonic tonalities are averted...8/4/9/4 17/20
(2004 vintage in 2005):
Juicy grapefruit and oranges are solidly grounded in the caramel malts and alcohol warmth...Earthy, resinous hop bitterness dance intensely with the orange rinds and fruity caramel...Another beautiful example of the style, if not unrefined at this early point in its life...8/3/8/4 15/20
(2005 vintage in 2005):
Floral, citrus hops proliferate to Double IPA levels, masking the caramel malts a bit too much for now...Resinous bitterness takes over the last half of the sip, treading over bubblegum sweetness...For now, this is a hop monster with a little too much carbonation and not enough sweet malts for my personal tastes in barley wine...8/3/7/3 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8397) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vertical tasting between 2002 purple and 2003 indigo label
2002 Very smal rim over hazy orange-amber beer. 2003 Small to medium yellow head over brighter orange-amber beer with slight haze. 2002 Rich hopcake nose, fresh US hops, tad of liquorice and sugar syrup 2003 Drier nose, more cake, less hops and certainly less molasses too. A bit of alcohol. 2002 Near harsh bitterish hops taste, hops in a thick cake, marmalade but from something else than oranges. Ends retronasal on a taste that my wife calls smoked, and is more like incense to me. Warming up it gets a moccha character. 2003 Even richer taste, more concentrated cake, vinous, ends harsh too, near metallic, and a retronasal flavour of incense again. 2002 Thick, viscous-slick, pappy. 2003 Generally the same, but even thicker. Maybe alcohol more prominent.
Both very good beers, definitely the same idea, and I’d be hard pressed to say which one I prefer. Marks are an average from both bottles. Thanks for both, Dewberries!
deyholla (8034) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 2008 bottle thanks to Maltomeal. Pours a clear amber gold with an off-white head. Looks like a lighter ale but pours quite thick. Aroma has a nice balance of malts with sweet grains, bread and caramel with a slight undertone of citrus hops. Flavor is a bit dry with note of caramel and sweet bread and a nice bit of hops in the finish.
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Vintage. Aroma is moderate yeast with piney hops and something that smells like rotting oranges. Appearance is a cloudy amber. Extremely sweet throughout. Duration is long and bitter finish. The reported alcohol is well hidden (abv listed on bottle). Syrupy mouthfeel. Quite nice.
BVery (7896) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Darkness Day 2012. Hazy orange pour, clingy soapy white head. Very sticky sweet - caramel malt. Very nice.
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Max’s impromptu tasting. Pours a clear gold. Sweet malt, toast and malt. Old and bitter, lots of earthy bitterness. Meh.
sebletitje (7498) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2007: pours cloudy orange, thin white head, golden lacing.
Aroma and flavor, caramel malts, grain, light wheat and bitetr hops. Hints of chocolate, low carbonation with a sweet floral finish.
2008 bottle: same color, cloudy orange, head was a lot thicker.
Aroma and flavor had more pronounced hop profile, a little sweeter than ’07 version, and caramel with a thin hoppy presence.
KyotoLefty (7453) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle. Malty, cereal nose, citrus, orange, grains. Orange-brown color with no head. Delicious toffee and chocolate flavor, vanilla, butter. Very tasty, smooth and lovely. Well aged.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of lb4lb via trade. Pours with initial explosion of foam upon opening with slightly hazy copper body and thin off white head. The aroma is pretty big with odd tart fruitiness, mild malt sweetness, over attenuated honey and urine. The odd tartness and urine notes seems out of place (maybe I didn’t need to include "out of place" here) and creates a very different aroma compared to most barleywines I’ve had. The taste isn’t nearly as tart and has sweet malts to start followed by fruity tartness that enters early and only becomes more tart as the experience progresses. I get a hint of caramel too but it is far too meek a note
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 and 2011 bottles tried side-by-side. Got both of these as Texas trade bonuses in the past year or so. 2010 has a blue font on a bronze label; 2011 has green on dark silver. Both pour a cloudy orange color and have a small off-white head. The 2011 shows some definite citrusy hops in the nose, along with pine resin and some caramel malts later; 2010 has no trace of hops left, just toffee, sugar cookies, graham crackers, and toast. The flavors line up about the same way, with some hop bitterness and resin to the 2011 and the sweet maltiness in the 2010. Both are medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation. I like both and rate them the same and glad I tried them next to one another.