fiulijn (18598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Nya Tröls, Malmö
Amber color; medium head. The aroma is initially malty and fruity, but it doesn’t last. Good body strength, round mouthfeel; sweet caramel flavor, with correct bitterness and light fruitness. Not as malty as a Barley Wine should be, it’s more a sweeter and fruiter version of Strong Ale; no thrills, but very enjoyable.
Leighton (18082) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in Salisbury, shared with brother Charlie. Vintage 2007. Pours clear, glowing amber with a soft, creamy off-white head. Sweet malts, fruits, apple, faint caramel nose. Big sweet flavor, sugary bread, caramel, ripe fruits, like berries, mild booze, faint leaves. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, sticky and warm finish, ripe fruits, fruit liqueur, cake, rich bread, alcohol, apples, and toasted sugar. It’s a pretty heavy beer, but still pretty nice. Decent drinkability given the high ABV.
rlgk (17322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange/amber color, ok head. Sweet and with too much alcohol. Some nice things in there, but alcohol gets in the way.
Rasmus40 (17054) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Voldby. Vintage 2011. Clear reddish amber with a lasting beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, heavy alcohol, dried fruit and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Light dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 071212
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from The Bottle Shop, Canterbury. Clear deep deep amber colour, with thin off white head. Aroma of hot alcohol and syrupy light malts and some hop. Yes, a typical Uk Christmas barley wine, in that there is plenty of crystallised citrus fruit. Better in mouth than I expected from the aroma and the finish is pretty good too. Drank it with Waitrose millionaires shortbread to combat the sweetness which worked well and highlighted the fruit and hops in this beer. I just don’t know if I like this or not. A bit single minded and not very subtle. Maybe just a bit one dimensional.
yngwie (16424) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Almost clear in the glass, golden in color and with a dense, finger-thick beige head. The aroma is one the malty side, with alcohol and a touch of acetone. Some piney hints. The flavor is pretty sweet, with caramel maltyness, bready hints, alcohol and acetone. Full body with alcohol warmth. Lasting finish. Too much alcohol in this one. Not particularly good actually. 141213
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Liva. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are sweet and syropy with fruits, caramel, malt and hops.
TBone (15946) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 330ml (Alko, BB 11/2020)
The final elf? Beer is pale amber colored with good white head. Aroma has light apple fruityness and alcohol, like in the quality Russian strong lagers. Medium to full bodied. Powerful alcohol in the front, then some licorice, marmalade and red apples. Long lingering bitter alcohol in the finish. Yes, it is a real winter warmer but a bit too much even ...
Beerhunter111 (15488) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade with Hermod, many thanks! (2012 Vintage Ale) Fast klare orangegoldene Farbe, wenig beiger Schaum. Geruch intensiv süß malzig, holzg, reifes Obst, Vanille, alkoholisch. Geschmack süß, holzig, sehr reife Früchte, mild, Vanille, alkoholisch, schwer trinkbar!
chrisv10 (14838) - DENMARK - DEC 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Clear dark amber with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, little toffee and notes of alcohol. Flavour is malt, caramel, toffee, medium sweet with notes of alcohol.