DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i have this impression that this is how a barley wine should actuially be. carbonation weak, but this compliment the alcohol and taste nice the apperance great, looks like cognec in a snifter. aroma is malty however as it warsm slightly turns slightly fruity hops, the malt is still dominant. taste is one for sipping, maybe not so complex but intence warming malt fruit and general goodness. everything i would want and an unexpected goodness coming out here, cant wait to have again..
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Deep golden coloured with almost no head. Nose of alcohol, plums yeast, malt and fruit. Very full bodied with a sweet fruity and sparkling flavor. It has note3s of caramel, alcohol, fruit and maybe some banana. Very smooth and soft with a slightly nice bitter finish. Very nice
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - OCT 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastico barley wine di Samuel Smith, nulla da invidiare rispetto ad un delizioso passito che viva il gorgo fiorito.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 18 cl) Clear, pale amber with a very small head. Sweetish with an incredibly full body. Lots of sweet malt, but the sweetness never gets cloying. Incredibly complex, the kind of beer that slowly grows in you mouth in a fantastic palette of flavour impressions. Big positive surprise. 220505
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2005 [bottle from brewery] nose is sweet malts, lighter sweet fruits, peach, strawberry, apple, followed by darker and richer sweet fruits like raisin and plum. The sweetness is balanced by some sharper, hoppier fruit notes which give the beer edge and make is very drinkable. flavour is sweet but not cloying, excellently full bodied beer with a very warming finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a mostly clear dark gold with a minimal off-white head. The aroma was sweet and fruity and had some age to it. I don’t know how old this was but it had a May 2006 best by date. Also big notes of vanilla sugar cookies and bubble gum. Some alcohol fumes. It smelled very yummy. Sweet malty flavor with some more age notes and a mild tartness. some fruitiness was present. Finished with a mild bitterness and woodiness. Dry with a nice warming sensation. Medium bodied with some silkiness in the mouth. It appears I liked this beer more than most.
Ratman197 (12810) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nip bottle best by date of May 06 (they lied!) courtesy of Doodler ( Big thanks Scott!) poured a clear dark golden amber with a lingering ring of ivory foam. Aromas of plum, raisin, sherry, toffee, pepper and light carmel. Palate was medioum to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, sherry, plum, raisin and light licorice with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish.
Tranquillity (1743) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny bottle. Bit hazy rusty colour. Tiny head. Strong flowery aroma, raisins, bread, dark cookie dough and peanuts. Taste very fulfilling, like a good whisky. Strong oaky tones, with a long lingering of cloudberries and perhaps some peach. Not bad at all as you see from the grades.
MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good barley wine, having something very distinctive about, notes of whiskey really surprised me. Sweet but not too much so, a lesson many barley wines should take into heart. You can taste the alcohol but I am not too bothered about it, the fruity flavors and the nice malty taste more than make up for it.
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Poured a clear amber colour with a thin off white head. Seriously floral and sweet aroma...honey, bubble gum, syrup and malt. Niice. Flavour was sweet malt with a hint of fruit and spices. Soothing and warming. Lingering and multi layered finish, that was once more sweet, fruity and slightly dry. Good things do sometimes come in small packages.