Leighton (14430) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at chrisoís Easter 2015 tasting - London. Thanks to Daniel. Pours clear amber with a creamy white head. The character is dominated by caramel, toffee, doughy malts and butterscotch. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sugary finish, warming, with more toffee and butterscotch. Quite tasty.
ElCapitan22 (272) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice amber color, with no real head retention or lacing. Smells malty and of molasses. Tastes sweet and malty as well. Itís not the best barleywine, but itís palateable. Not a fan of this.
VamboladeTolly (781) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @deTolly, Tartu. Pours orange almost no head.Aroma is sweet, caramel, bread, berries, rye. Taste is sweet, caramel, alcohol, berries, slight candy. WTF is this? Medium body. Me not like it.
blackisle (1224) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33cl. (from drinks-of-the-world.de). Clear medium amber, small frothy off-white head, recedes quickly, almost no lacing; sweet malty aroma, brown sugar, caramel, honey, alcohol, spices (cinnamon, ginger); taste heavy sweet, slightly bitter, caramel, bit toasted; full-bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste light toasted sweetbitter, alcoholic, spicy notes; lacks complexity in taste/aftertaste but overall a pleasant Barley Wine.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
300ml bottle given as a Christmas present by Mark - cheers! Poured into a chalice glass and drank on the 12th April 2015. Crystal clear Irn Bru in colour with a fleeting white head which rapidly vanished away. Malty aroma with strong notes of sweet barley sugar throughout. Surprisingly thin mouthfeel considering the ABV and no lacing whatsoever. Mixed malts deliver a spicy maltloaf base with notes of gingerbread and sweet barley twists. There is very little in the way of hop resins lurking in the brief aftertaste. Finish is malty and very sweet with warming alcohol giving a boozy flavour in the palate. Not a patch on Strands Barley Wine as a benchmark however but nice to try none the less for a Barley Wine aficionado.
Beergaard (236) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Redish orange beer, aroma of honey, sweet malt and some booze. Tastewise it is sweet and sligtly spicy and herbal.
Theydon_Bois (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Chriso Easter tasting, thanks to Daniel, 04/04/15.
Golden amber with a decent off white covering.
Nose is dark fruit rinds, sweet malt, spice, bubble gum.
Taste comprises sweet licks, toffee fudge, toasted brown sugars, dark fruit peel.
Medium + body, moderate carbonation, sweet cloying notes in the close.
So so for style and lacking much in the way of depth but a drinkable sipper none the less.
The_Osprey (3507) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at ChrisOís. BB Sep 2016, 10.5% Seems to be filtered. Pale orange, clear, lightly sparkling, big foamy white head. Aroma is musty tangerine, sweet and syrupy. Body is medium, slightly foamy, low carbonation. Taste is toffee, caramel, a little alcoholic, some marmalade. This is fine. Iíve had similar beers with a 3.8 average. The naff marketing probably has an impact.
mR_fr0g (5839) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 28, 2015 Bottle at Chriso easter tasting. Thanks to Daniel. Clear bright golden orange. Aroma is diacetyl, caramel toffee, little apple. Flavour is composed of spicy cinnamon, apple, caramel M toffee. Flavour is pretty good, sweet caramel, apple, toffee, Palate is sweet, moderate carbonation. Lingering toast and jammy fruits. Ok.
erickok (4322) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAR 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber body and medium head. Sweet malts, sticky fruit, grapes, pine tree. Syrupy mouth feel, sweet Base and a bit short in the end for the abv. Sticky and sweet, just how I like my barley wine. Sure, you could add a lovely citrus hop layer, but itís just fine as it is. Tasty and satisfying end if the night drink. (Bottle from Saveur BiŤre)