ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle served in a clear pint glass. The aroma was malts and caramel, with a taste that was much the same. The high ABV was so well masked that I didn’t know it was there till I felt my chest warm afterwards. I’ve never drank a Red Ale before, but this was an enjoyable beer. I picked one up off the bargain shelf for $2.99 ... I wish I would have grabbed an extra bottle or two at that price!
chicowv (472) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel color and syrupy appearance that reminds one of scotch whiskey. Smells strongly of apple cider and other sweet smells. Alcohol flavor is intense and even burns a little as it goes down.
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. RIBE pours ruby, clear and nearly headless. The nose is sweet and malty. The flavor is very sweet like cherry cough syrup and corn-based sweetener. The body is very thick and cloying. The alcohol stays with the soft tissues in your mouth in a pleasant way. As the beer warms up the hops make a muted appearance.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - JAN 30, 2009
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
1/9 taste of a ’07 bottle. Burnt toast flavor over a sweet barley wine/red ale mix. Malt and candy-sugar heavy. More cons than pros. Hope to never taste it again.
20107589 (442) - randers, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
honey and licorice aromas, appear amber with a small head. great sweet and bitter taste, and a fine palate
BillHick420 (438) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009. Pours deep amber, nose of fruit and some alcohol. Fruits grapefruit, caramel, molasses, some hops detected. Enjoyable, unique, but misses something.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours red and transparent with virtually no head. Nose is weak and has a bit of generic sweet malt, a little white sugar, and mild hops. Flavor is also weak and mostly bready with virtually no hops. Alcohol comes out big time and isn’t terribly pleasant. Somewhat drinkable but way too expensive for the low flavor quality. This IS NOT a barley wine, IMO, but more like an imperial red ale (as the bottle says).
guzgorog (424) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blonde/rousse/rouge, pas de mousse au versage, mais elle apparaît petit à petit alimentée par un tas de petites bulles qui s’extraient doucement du liquide, très étrange. Puis quand on goûte, on comprend mieux, le corps est très dense, même pas liquoreux mais carrement siropeux, les bulles ont du mal à s’échapper de cette mélasse. Pour le reste, c’est moins interssant : nez de bonbon harlequin, banane, caramel, bois. Bouche très sucrée, bonbon, bois, banane. Surprenant mais pas fabuleux...
MrBlueSky93 (401) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bier Huis.
Pours orange, thick gloopy, orange, no head really, probably the most viscous I’ve ever seen a brew be. Smells like a Christmas Pudding. Dark Fruits, Raisins, Plums, Caramel, Toffee. Like drinking Treacle, its that thick. Initial plums, cherries, raisins, caramel, toffee, port, blackberries, touch of fizz, very fruity. Breadiness too. Very good.
Stoned99 (400) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2014 Vintage 2013 bottle, thanks Peter. Aroma: Apple’s in caramel, cherries, alcohol. App: clear copper with small white head. Taste and palate: medium body, oily medium to high sweetness. Soft carbonation. Sweet alcohol finish. Overall: we definitely can feel the alcohol on it’s way down, not sure if desired or not by the brewer. A tad too swee, not well balancedt..an ok barley wine.