KansaiBeerLvrs (1339) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8.5% 550 yen for 180ml at 23 Craft Beerz, Nagoya. Cloudy amber pour with a minimal head. The serving glass was a spitting image for the GJBF best aroma glass sans logos. The aroma was malty sweet, some funk, booziness with a breadyness to it. Quite a light beer with an effervescent quality to the body which is unusual in a barley wine. The taste is malts: caramel, toffee fig followed by a bit of fruitiness with almost Belgian estery notes. It is pretty good but I’d probably class it more as an old ale rather than a barley wine. That being said it is still quite nice, smooth, easy to drink & well balanced.
Theis (12758) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Ueno Park. Clear amber/red - offwhite head. Barley, sweetness, fruity, llight mould, raisins, fruity notes, bisquit, caramel, sweetness, light hoppy bitterness..... ReRate: Draught at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear red/brown - offwhite head. Ryebread. Barley. Fruity. Sweet dried fruits. Sharpness. Citrus. Bisquit. Lovely classic american barley wine....ReReRate: Cask at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear almost black - light brown head. Soft body. Ok burned. Nice high malty. Fruity. Ok bitterness. Red berrie notes. Lighy tobacco notes. Nice burned bitterness. Nice pleasant.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
The minty splash of alcohol tends to overshadow this Barley Wine’s straightforward caramelized sugars, leaving the taster with a pleasant but shallow sipping experience.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty amber.
-The grain bill seems very simple ; moreover, the malt flavors are well expressed enough for this brew to stand out in its category.
-Carbonation is soft, which is fine by me since it leaves more room for the ingredients to shine.
-Residual sugar levels are kept in check.
-Hops are relatively tame, barely balancing out the already polite maltiness.
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks KyotoLefty. Brown colour with a very small white head. Sweet aroma of plum and alcohol. Rich flavour of dried fruits, plum, cherries with just a hint of alcohol.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at RBJG. Clear amber color. Aroma of sweet caramel. Taste is similar. Not bad.
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Craft Beer Market Jinbocho. The last of a long evening. Amber coloured, no head. Aroma is malty, bit spiky, fruity, biscuity, slight creaminess, slightly boozy. Taste is well rounded, fruit, caramel sweetness and touch of spice. Pretty damn nice. Very smooth, full bodied, but subtle at the same time.
maekchu (1766) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Craft Beer Works Kamikaze. Served chilled. Typical sweet barley wine aromas emerge after a bit of warming. Well-rounded, mild roast and sweet flavors. Just a touch of sour or yogurt flavors in the finish. Good enough, but not a heck of lot going on (as should be in this strong style).
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very malty, cherries, bready, earthy, pie crust. Smooth, alcohol well hidden, rich but never cloying. Cherries and wooden finish. So rounded and smooth. Wow. Excellent
jonno (2130) - JAPAN - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Easy going BW, perhaps more in strong english ale territory. Modest fruity aroma - some apples, raisins and pears. Smooth body, but not too much going on - some of aforementioned fruit and a sweet caramel toffee finish. Never really too much of anything, but nice enough.
EdKing (1756) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the Mokichi Trattoria kindly shared by Tim Maloney. Colour is a lovely clear Autumn red with touch of orange. Texture is oily in glass. Nose is sweet, sherbery, wine grape. Taste is nice and soft for a barley wine, appley, caramel. Very nice.