Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clear, amber with a small, light tan head with heavy lacing. Aroma is toffee with very little hop character. Tastes sweet but not cloyingly so; reminiscent of a Dopplebock due to very little hop character in the taste and aroma. A smooth and enjoyable Barleywine, but is something of a one trick pony with its malt essence not being balanced by hops.
VamboladeTolly (594) - 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 (1088) - 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 (1453) - 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 (186) - 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 (12113) - 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 (2928) - 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 ChrisO’s. 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. I’ve had similar beers with a 3.8 average. The naff marketing probably has an impact.
mR_fr0g (4981) - 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 (4135) - 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 it’s just fine as it is. Tasty and satisfying end if the night drink. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)
nihtila (1473) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22.11.2014. Copper color. Sweet malty aroma, alcohol, syrup, ripe fruits. Taste is very sweet, caramel malts, ripe fruits, banana, sharp alcohol. Too sweet which dominates.
Marduk (3622) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 22, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
330ml bottle. Clear golden color. Medium size, white head, stays. Dusty, grainy, malty, sweetish, bit nutty aroma. Sweet, malty, caramel in taste. Harsh mouthfeel. Alcohol is hidden, but it still feels boozy. Caramel malts in aftertaste.