slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Ok, Iíve had a few barley wines and, for the most part, Iíve yet to be impressed. Given that none were more than a year old, I figured it would be unfair to bash the whole genere until Iíd had a few aged samples. Then comes slob who sent both of these, the í95 being bonus!
-1995 vintage- smaller bottle with different picture. Once opened the musty aroma called for closed inspection. My sniffer is a little out of wack but still the mustiness of dark fruits is obvious. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, cellers, and alcohol. Tastes great, the 120 IBUís have obviously died down a lot. This is malty with a mouthfeel to die for... silky and milky. Wish the bottle was bigger :(
Poured a little of each at the same time. Small head but enormous compared to the í95. Aroma was much lighter, hoppier, and generally wasnít "dark"... still somewhat musty though. Hops are much more present in taste. Thereís something like Fruit Loops to the palate. Should have been less compulsive and aged it a year longer. This one probably breaks out more like this
Aroma-7 App.-3 Flavor-6
Palate-3 Overall- 14
***2006*** ...tasted on 5/25/07.
750 ceramic bottle $14. When I "popped the cap" ;) of this pap sealed/ swing top bottle there was thick green hop resin on the inside of the black ceramic bottle. Once poured the hops fill the air & the alcoholic, almost ether-like, nose makes itself know... this hit me before the first few sips as an intrusive warning. All hundredíanfidy IBUís hit yaí at once but the crash is cushioned by a strong, yet FAR from balancing malt profile. Thereís little bits of everything in this, but my tonge is coated w/ lupin resin. Iíve really enjoyed this bottle, the swing top let me stretch it two nights, but this beer is too young & $14 a bottle.....
jmgreenuk (7085) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Changkat. Poured a reddish dark amber with a round bubbly white head. The aroma is rich sweet malt,sugary alcohol bitter. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich burning alcoholic bitter sweet malt palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very alcoholic and a little one dimensional.
Jmuncey (15) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This barley wine is a heavy hitter for sure. It is not a session beer at all and needs to be savored as opposed to slammed. I liked it once but not sure I would buy it again.
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colui72 (600) - HONG KONG - MAY 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy amber with a medium cream head. Aroma is pine, ripe fruits, sweet malts. Very malty in palate too, with caramel, spices, sweet bread. Full bodied, not boozy in taste, very complex with a hoppy finish. Not an easily forgettable ale!
GuideDogSaint (1084) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy amber with a thin white head. Aroma of pine and hops. Bitter finish. Seems like a DIPA to me, nice all the same.
artiredbirds (453) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - APR 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Мощь во всем, в теле, во вкусе. Нетипич& барлик, даже сладост& мало, но дико жестко и режуще.
Alengrin (4237) - BELGIUM - APR 11, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage bottle shared by Bart at Struise shop in Bruges, cheers! Off-white, thin, loose and bubbly head (the bottle had been opened before apparently), quickly vanishing, cloudy brown robe with ochre edges. Complex aroma of soy sauce (the typical effect of maderisation in very old dark beers), dried mushroom, old sherry, fig, honey-glazed spare ribs, bitter honey, caramel. Rich fruity onset, sweetish with lots of meaty umami, bit dried banana and raisin, creamy caramelly malt body with hints of milk chocolate and toasted nuts, earthy finish with peppery hop accent and long, drying, warming, brandy-like alcohol. Glad I finally tasted this and it has stood the test of time nicely, but now Iím only left curious for a younger sample...
a_sully (429) - - MAR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light orange brown and translucent. Thin white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is sweet and fruity, smooth overall.
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vtafro (6248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet candied malt, older malt aromas, boozy. Smokey, roasted, drier Flavors.
JStax (4637) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber color with a white head that diminishes fast. The aroma is nutty and full of dark fruits. More of a sweet beer. Big body and low carbonation.
alobar (3428) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish orange pour with aroma of caramel, fruit, and some hops. Fruit sweetness with caramel, molasses, and a touch of hops. 2012 vintage. Nice beer.