Melker (202) - Varberg, - JUN 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. About 5 months old, still pretty fresh and hoppy.
Dark red/brown color, light beige color on the medium head, compact, small bubbles.
Really strong hoppy aroma. Citrus, resin, pine, also some caramel and bread. Very sweet taste. A lot of toffee and caramel but also a lot of citrusy bitterness in the aftertaste.
Average carbonation, maybe a little bit soft which I like. Nice full body and sticky texture.
Looking forward to open some older bottles in the future.
WilleLW (171) - Lund, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark redish colour with an off-white head. Aroma of hops, grass and citrus with a sweet note of burnt sugar. Strong taste with lots of dry bitterness. Some burnt sugar, caramel and a slight hint of molasses. You feel the alcohol level. A difficult taste. A heavy beer with a slighyly oily texture.
DanielBrown (3715) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Absolutely classic Barley Wine. Warming, sweet, hoppy. Genuinely savoured.
MrHult (178) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från Systembolaget. Grumlig mörk bärnstensfärgad vätska med lågt ljust skum. Doftar karamell. Väldigt fyllig maltig smak med ganska stor pepprighet.
Franzen (286) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is caramelly without overdoing it, there is some roastiness and nuttiness to it as well. Maybe roasted chestnuts. Appearence is dark orange hazy white head. Pretty bitter with caramelly maltiness a bit to bitter for the maltiness. Full body average carbonation silky texture. Not as complex as I remember and also unbalanced in the taste. Maybe still to young, 2014 version.
Mark_Eck (411) - - JUL 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. 2010 Pours a brownish red. Aroma is sweet malts and some caramel. Taste is malts and raisons. Great lasting taste.
Everettm (81) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark amber with a small burnt orange head and good lacing. An initially syrupy sweet aroma gives way to more savoury dank pine and musky citrus, not too bold but more than fitting for the style. Thick, but not overdone body with a very light carbonation. A very typical malt profile for the style, caramel, pancake syrup and demerara sugar, with the lovely addition of a fruity, dark forest honey character. Hops come through in the form of wild flowers, pine, candied fruit peel and hints of citrus. Round with a lingering palate encompassing bitterness.
StevieT (538) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours copper with a thin lasting head, earthy aroma, not overly bitter. I liked it but wouldn’t drink it all night.
knickskicks (686) - - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bottle. Brown/copper pour, thin tan head. Nose is caramel, toffee, molasses, pine. Taste is caramel, bready malts, oily hops. Sticky medium-full mouthfeel.
Bork (25) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Very pleasant balance between malts and hops with a long bitter finish. Some alcohol warming follows.
generallee08 (589) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Its body has a deep reddish brown color with a slight haze. The head is thin, about one finger, and very clingy. Over time as I slowly sipped this one it gradually settled down to wispy thin covering that makes nice lace rings. There are lots of wonderful citrus and resiny pine like hop notes in the aroma over rich sweet caramel and roasted malty notes. The alcohol is noticeable and boozy in a good way. Its big full body brings a base of warm boozy sweet malt with strong hops mixed in. There are notes of rich caramel, roasted grain and red lickerish candy covered with powerful citrus and resiny spicy hops. Hop bitterness bites onto the tongue and hangs on long into the finish. The texture has a firm slick feel with nice soft carbonation.