Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 2011. Muddy looking burnt sienna pour with a thin wisp of white head. Aroma is pretty much the quintessential smell you look for in a barley wine. Rich toffee and dark plum, candied figs, chocolate, caramel, oak, and a little dry red wine. Taste is a little bit of a let down compared to the aroma. It is sweet, though much drier than expected. Some raisin, prune, cocoa, and toffee. Finishes oddly tannic for something not oak aged and containing no fruit. Palate is hearty, chewy, and lightly carbonated. Overall a very high quality English barley wine. I would love to get the chance to try it fresh. I like a little heat in barley wines, and this is close to two years aged and smooth as can be. Virtually no alcohol burn or flavor. Yet another great big beer from Smuttynose.
Nische (1282) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Martins place. Cloudy amber body with a low head. Dried fruit, citrus and malt together with light syrupy brown sugar. Strong alcohol in the finish.
jrodooo5 (1299) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty clean for a barleywine! A bit hoppy but still drinkable. I’m a fan! Give it a shot!
daje (2765) - NORWAY - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark amber body with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, bubble gum, alcohol and earthy hops. Taste is sweet, thick caramel, coffee, sweet fruity finish. Robust alcoholic and fruity aftertaste.
stldicedealer (30) - Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprised at how thick a head and the amount of lacing this had for a barleywine. A little boozy on the finish, but it is a barleywine. Solid beer by style and price.
Erasmus_ro (2020) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 650ml bottle, 06/06/15, thanks bluus. Pours auburn with a nice brownish head. Aroma is semi-sweet, a wallop of caramel and resin. Dried fruit, some date. Taste follows along the same lines, some liquorice. Full Really nice.
AirForceHops (4804) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 vintage purchased at the brewery today for a reasonable $12.50. Spilt 2/ways with Willrunforbeer. Mostly clear amber in color with fast dying head. Aroma is exactly as it should be, dark fruits, toasted grain, barley, earth malts. What surprised me the most about the flavor is it does not show any oxidation. The finish is sweet without any cloying affect. The alcohol is almost completely hidden with just the lightest warming after the swallow. This is well worth the money I spent on a brewery aged beer.
WillRunForBeer (1586) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from 2011 that AirForceHops just picked up from the source. Thanks, Chris! Pours medium amber with a beige head. Aroma is molasses, brown sugar, dates, raisin, mild floral finish. Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, oak. This is nice and smooth and doesn’t show any oxidation off flavors.
Aniela (4195) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Clear amber beer with a beige head. Malty caramell aroma. Fruity, caramell toffee flavour.
bartzluke (400) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 4 oz pour from tap into sniffer at 54 degrees. 2013 version. Huge head and a beautiful ruby color. Nose is complex. Fruit, yeast, and a little pine. Musty (like rotting wood but not in a bad way). Full bodied and creamy. Taste has a lot going on. Fruit, grass, woody, a little citrus hidden in there. The alcohol is hidden amazingly well. No trace unless I really look for it. A little sweet.
DiarmaidBHK (3821) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Williamsport. Bottled in 2009. Another dusty oldie from the back of my fridge. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. I’m surprised it has any carbonation at this point so I guess that bottle-conditioning thing is working. Does smell a bit boozy on the nose. diesel fuel on the tongue although there’s a hint of fig if you look for it. fairly malty on the finish which isn’t a surprise. barleywine ’s not exactly my favorite style, and even with some age this is still some potent stuff.