Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barley wine that does a great imitation of a Pale Ale. Very nice bitter/hop profile. Pretty in the glass with a nice head.
Theis (14937) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear amber/red - white head. Barley, dusty, sweetness, knækbrød, light smokey, dried fruits, caramel, ok bitterness, cookies, dark fruits. OLD !!!
johnnnniee (3401) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby brown with a meringue like head that slowly dissipates but sticks lots on the sides. Some earthy resinous hops are still evident but you can tell they are a shadow of their former glory. There’s a solid shot of brown sugar and caramel in the aroma as well as a hint of wet cardboard. The flavor has become a lot sweeter than I remember with lots of sweet dark sugar and caramel with some dark cherries and raisins as well as just enough resinous hop to still provide a hint of balance. Medium body with a sweet sticky mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is still a nice beer, but I think it in that in between stage where the hops are fading and allowing the malt to shine, but it needs more time to complete its transition.
joergen (25140) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø.
Clear orange-red coloured with a small off-white head.
Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of cookies and hops.
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, at Papsø. Clear red with a small off white head. Floating concentrated abricot juice in the nose. Flavor is sweet malty, phenolic with preserved light fruits and caramel. Some alcohol felt. Soft carbonation. Syrupy texture and rather decadent. Not my kinda barley wine.
Ungstrup (32889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A dark red beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of hops, fruits, berries, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, fruits, alcohol, and berries, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.
yespr (38505) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry, phenolic and dark toasted malty. Sweet, toasted malty and caramelish. Light bitterness lurking through. Dry malty finish.
madsberg (11249) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Amber coloured. Uncelar. Dense beige head. Aroma of herbs, alcohol, light ripe fruits, spice. Flavour fo ripe fruits, caraemel, spice, herbs, light occidation. Medium to full bodied. Ends on a fruity and light bitter note.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of byaeger. Pours an almost clear amber with an off-white head. Caramellish nose, slightly nutty with some alcohol. Rich body, sweet caramel, somewhat spicy - almost peppery - with only a vaguely oxidized edge. Very subtle bitterness. A very easygoing Barley Wine that will offend no-one. 150812
FlacoAlto (4125) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by date of September 2010; Sampled March 2012 & stored in my fridge the whole time
A steady pour into my tulip glass produces a fat, three-finger thick, densely creamy, pale brown / amber tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a full amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrusy / piney hops backed by supporting caramelized / toasted malt. Specific notes of grapefruit zest, Curacao orange, bright tangelo zest when you dig, as well as some lychee notes, a citrusy spiciness that leans towards / suggests at cinnamon somehow, and orange starburst candies all play quite the prominent role still. The malt has aged enough to pick up a hint of oxidation, but this seems to provide more of an accentuation of the toasted character rather than even be nutty at this point. This still seems quite fresh and vibrant in the nose.
Thick, viscous, somewhat syrupy even, and there is a huge citrus hop character to this beer (tangelo, grapefruit, touches of caramelized kumquat, and Curacao orange zest). There is some, slightly dull, maybe more rounded in character, oxidized caramel malts here that provide a touch of nuttiness and a suggestion of citrus infused sherry. A firm, biting bitterness towards the finish also seems to mix in with a touch of oxidation. As the beer warms up the malt character comes more to the fore; lots of brown sugar, caramel, sweet brown grain notes, a nice toasted whole-grain cracker note. The caramel malt and its slightly nutty / toast oxidation also becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms up.
This is quite tasty, and for some reason is quite hitting the spot right now. Some oxidation has set in, but that was completely expected and it actually is at a pretty good level for a beer of this age. The oxidation has likely helped to temper the sweetness that was likely quite a bit more prominent when this was young.