HomelessDrew (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark red with a thin white head. Aroma is strong west coast hops, citrus and cat piss pine (not bad in my book). Taste is very much on the bitter side for an american barleywine, strong pine and citrus hops with some caramel sweetness from the malt. It has a medium body with above average carbonation, I think it could have used lighter carbonation. Overall is a good american barleywine, but borders on being more of a strong IPA.
drjoeng (816) - SINGAPORE - AUG 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.6%ABV. Barley wine.
Poured out amber. 21ºSRM.
Nose is nutty, There are some other aromas that I typically associated with brown ales. There may be a hint of cinnamon and Christmas spice.
Mouthfeel is syrupy. Palate has some nice heft to it, alcoholic palate. The middle of the palate is rounded, sweet, malty and almost fruity.
Finish is alcoholic.
djoeye (3441) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma has confectioneries and chocolatish malts. Beer is hazy rosewoodish with beige-orangeish head. Barley malts and winey taste. Solid body, soft carbonation. Somewhat monotone.
[35.5cl btl 9.6%abv BB31.12.16 B@CittiMarkt Flensburg]
SeniorZozo (1167) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015 version. Taste is clove, tart, citrus, passion fruit and light earthiness. A slight yeastiness matches the floral notes. Appearance is a hazy amber with a medium pearl head that retains quite well.
Samuel214 (495) - SWEDEN - JUL 14, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2016 Flaska från SB. Vintage 2016: Mahogny/rubinröd med krämbeiget skum som ligger kvar länge och lämnar rester längs kanterna. Stor nötig och "dessert":ig doft av knäck, bränt socker, karamell och kandisocker. En något mindre kropp än väntat, och förvånansvärt lättdrucken. I smaken är det brända, härliga toner med en gnutta rökighet. Karamellig, nötig, knäckig. Fin beska som upptar precis rätt mängd utrymme. Gott. Vintage 2011: Delad med Lilja och Vignale. 5 år gammal. Bra mycket mattare av lagringen, på det stora hela i en god riktning. Beskan ändå påtagligt märkbar, liksom sötman fortfarande är ganska stor. Verkar kunna stå ett bra tag till?
OminouSC2 (424) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color. Classic Barley Wine aromas with some added hops, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet caramel malt, with a lot of hops, citrus and pine. Bitter hop finish.
LLaurin (293) - Motala, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours in lovely dark amber with a firm and tasty golden head. Nose is caramel, honey sweetness and lots of malty wine notes. Taste deep malty with characteristic, light bitter notes of the hops. Palate longlasting and with distinctive bitterness and some oiliness.
neongolden (1193) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(355ml 2016 bottle from Systembolaget) Pours clear amber/ruby with a loose pile of cream foam that lingers well with lace. Aroma has a typical malty barley wine core, rather sweet with notes of torrified sugar, fruitcake, some paler dried fruits, lightly toasty grain, citrus peel, earthy piney hops with an almost woody character. Flavour is quite sweet with lots of malt up front, raw and lightly burnt sugars, bready, a bit fruity, citrus oils, but with hop character ramping up quickly. That brings pine, dry grass, earth, citrus, and spicy, herbal and peppery notes along with an increasingly drying, quite high level of bitterness. Finishes bone dry and bitter with a long astringent cling in the mouth. Alcohol hidden. Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. A solid hop-driven barley wine, maybe it’s not as rich in malts as it could be but not totally unbalanced either.
dslam (103) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12fl Oz bottle. Light amount of ahead. Very murky amber color and no lacing. Very good aroma of toffee and citrus. Medium amount of carbonation with really good flavor. There is some bitter taste left after swallowing, that leaves me wanting for more
pictoman (920) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle . Orangey brown with beige head, mild sediment. Caramel and sweet malt, piney hops, dry bitter finish. Medium body.
UXO (1456) - CANADA - JUN 6, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: opaque medium to deep amber with a short, short-lived ivory head, no lacing. (3/5) Aroma: boozy dark fruit, toffee, citrus zest, pine resin. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate-high bitter. (8/10) Medium-full slightly oily body, moderate carbonation, sticky lingering bitter and warming finish. (4/5)
An extremely interesting ale. Initially, the malt and alcohol aromas overwhelm, and seem to be all there is to it, but very rapidly the huge American-style hops kick in, turning your mouth into the scene of a total battle royale. No sooner does the sweet malt invade, than it’s jumped on by the massive hops. Although it’s hugely sweet (and actually finishes a little sticky), it never gets cloying, simply because the resiny and citrus zest bitter never lets it. You know how people make pomanders by sticking cloves in an orange? Think that, except pine needles instead of cloves, then crusting the whole thing in brown sugar. (16/20)