Rangi (670) - - APR 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear deep amber poor with minimal head. The beer is dominated by the high alcohol with a nice light burn at the back of the throat after the fisrt sip. Nice slight malt back bone but the alcohol dominates this one just a little too much for my liking. May be some aging would be best before I try it again.
ffbot (175) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pour is a dark amber red, minimal head and lacing. smell is burnt caramel, leather, earthy, flowery and alcohol. Taste is initially bitter, a buttery sort of sweetness, thick chewy malt and long residual battle between sweetness and bitter. Sour, lasting palate
SinH4 (1605) - Garching, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2015, Rating #1600. Dark brown-amber color with big tan head. Aroma is bitter toffee, sticky pine, dried fruits. Taste is sticky pine, bitter toffee, caramel, a bittersweet mixture. Cough syrup and some wood as well. Bitter finish with a little booze burn. Very oily mouthfeel, medium to low carbonation. A big barley wine, very hoppy though, it reminds me of some other "mixture" brews between DIPA & Barley Wine!
Holtguy (145) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours garnet, clear with a puffy off white head of about 3/4". Good lacing.
Aroma is mild, some malt and pine. Flavor is dominated by bitterness, with a slight malt background. It’s got that chinook spice and acrid bitterness. Any sweetness is mostly overpowered. Tastes like an IPA, a touch heavier, with some of that aforementioned sweetness. I guess this gets points for being original back in the day. Not my cup of tea, though.
joejames (412) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2016 vintage bottle to shaker glass, pours reddish brown. Two finger rocky light tan head. Decent lacing and nice retention. Aroma of caramel and herbs. Taste is very complex, very sweet and very bitter. Full bodied, lively small bubble carbonation, sticky mouth feel. Finishes long and bittersweet. Tasting notes of caramel, plum, raisins, candied sugar, herbs, walnut, resin, sour cherry and alcohol. Fantastic!
Klimaet (1110) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - FEB 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Prima Beer. Pours clear dark red with a small offwhite head. ARomas of malts, dark fruits, caramel, plum. Taste is malty, hoppy, caramel, plums, raisins, citrussy rye bread.
JoshRaburn (104) - - JAN 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Huge hoppy barleywine. Bit like lagunitas brown sugga. When I first tried this about 7 years ago I really hated it - thought the US citrus hops really clashed with the sweet malt. So I don’t know if my palate has just completely changed (likely as a result of drinking US barleywines and imperial stouts non-stop this winter) , or if a few years in the bottle has mellowed it out a bit. Pine in the nose and resin all the way through the finish.
tekstr1der (289) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy, ruddy brown with thin tan head. Aroma is fantastic - malty with booze and a touch of piney hop. Flavor has a more pronounced bitter that takes the forefront, with slight malt sweetness almost balancing. I find this just a little rough on the palette between the bitter and the booze, but the liquid is very smooth, low carbonation, and slightly cloying - all of which I enjoy.
josanguapo (675) - SPAIN - JAN 20, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From Uvinum. In Teku glass. Watching Sons of Anarchy 5x01. Amazing aroma. Great taste. A bit alcoholic but with a nice touch of bitterness that compensates it.
ciocanelu (604) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany color with brownish head. Aroma has nice caramel malts but also some earthy and resiny hops. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramel and dark bread notes and gets hoppy and bitter towards the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and dry. Really classic, american style barleywine taste profile.
euniceradio (346) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one complex beverage. Pours clear amber-red, beige froth head. Aroma is huge array of flowers, juicy fruits, berries. Taste is boozy, fruit, tons of complexity. Finishes with juicy fruit, floral and chocolate. That’s good.