hallinghansen (1684) - Odense S, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ George and Dragon, Barcelona. Amber body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is dark fruit such as raisins and plums, malt, brown sugar. Flavor is dark fruit, raisins, caramel, malt, notes of alcohol. Delicious.
wchesser (893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’10 bottle I found recently on the shelf at a good beer store in Co. Springs that tends to have these ’nuggets’ laying around. Probably not perfectly stored, but not too poorly either. Drank on 6/21/13. Wonderful hop nose...best thing about this. Just deep floral and some citrus hops, honey, and toffee. Deep amber. Lots of sediment. Full bodied, but just a bitter finish after a short perception of sweetness. Little too bitter for me, but nice enough with some hard CO raw goat’s milk blue cheese.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little bottle from Paul, orangish pour with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, booze and some light fruit. Taste is very similar, almost like some tangerine or other light citrus.
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Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Rogue Public House in San Francisco, CA. I usually don't expect much from Rogue, but this was actually a very well-balanced barleywine.
Sask89 (389) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich ruby and amber colour, clear with a small beige head. Aroma is of apples, caramel and strong floral hop scents. Taste is not overly sweet up front and is followed by an intensifying bitterness that is quite nice. Lively carbonation, medium body, smooth and slightly thin on the palate. Overall not my favourite barely wine, but quite good.
BRW (445) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy copper colour with off-white head. Malty, caramel and hoppy aroma. Caramel, sweet taste. Also malt and resinous hops, bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body.
davey101 (564) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1997 vintage. 7 oz bottle into a taster glass. From a vertical purchased from Bottleworks and muled thanks to FalconA. This vintage is 26º plato, 120 IBU, 38º L, and 73.1 AA with a different ingredient list than listed. Opens with a faint fizz. Best after one year, this has 16...
A - Pours a surprisingly clear burnt red body. The bottom of the bottle has a 1-2mm layer of sediment which I avoided. No head or lacing to speak of. Swirling leaves behind a faint alcoholic trace.
S - The aroma is fantastic. Rich caramel, roasted malts, raisins, and just a faint nod of oxidation. Sort of a sweet raisin soda like smell. Light fusel heat. This honestly does not smell like a 16 year old beer. I’ve had 1-2 year old beers in the style that were less composed.
T - Starts off well with muted caramel, toffee, burnt sugar and raisins. Some alcohol heat mixes with a high level bitterness.Things take a turn for the worse on the aftertaste with an odd mineral water flavor. Decent given its age, but 7 oz feels like overkill here. Mouth feel is obviously flat but still drinks pretty well.
O - For a 16 year old barleywine I don’t see it faring any better. Short of the mineral water bitterness this was a really impressive science experiment in aging. Me thinks the absurd IBU level does not help after all of the hop flavors have faded away.
jehoesefat (164) - Kapolei, Hawaii, USA - MAY 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 edition. Smells super malty, lots of grainy aromas, bread, cereal, toast. Pours thick orange with an off-white head. Great flavors, very well balanced and packs a punch!
omega (584) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle of ceramic goodness. Lovely golden hue with a pillowy head that caresses the palate. Richness on the palate without being overbearing.
Holmen1 (1683) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra fat på Mikkeller&Friends, mai-13, med Johnne, Magnus og Aske: det er vanskelig å motstå fristelsen, en lang og munter kveld må avsluttes med en barley wine. Denne har en meget sammensatt humleoppskrift lurer i bakgrunnen under en fyldig sødme. En nydelig nightcap. Eneste gang denne kvelden at glasset var akkurat passe stort...