Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottling, aged 1 year: Pours a pure copper with minimal head, I suppose in true British ale style. Typical barleywine aroma, malt foundation with a strong nose of hops, I would guess cascade or centennial. Flavor is balanced on the side of sweetness, with the hops being prominent early on in the finish, but eventually being taken over again by the maltiness. I tend to like this style of Barleywine, assertive hoppiness without being out of balance or over-hopped. Very nicely done.
AndySnow (2243) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a small head.
Aroma: Fruit, caramel, citrus, oranges, dried fruit.
Body: A bit light body with a low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet, caramel, sugar, fruit, oranges, hops.
Comment: Well hidden alcohol. Hoppy for a Barley Wine.
Theydon_Bois (6459) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Fastelavn Smagning 2014 @ J&C’s beer palace, Jutland Saturday Session 2 - 01/03/14.
Lightly hazed orange amber with moderate off white spotting.
Nose is bitter orange, dark fruit pangs, hoppy backwafts, spice, bitter grapefruit and tropicana.
Taste comprises caramelised sugars, punchy tropical fruit pangs, dark fruits, sugars, hops.
Fullish bodu, fine carbonation, sweet close with light booze.
Ok US style hopped up barley wine, hides the ABV well and not overly sweet, never going to come out top in class for style with all the hops and tropicals banging about, akin to double/triple IPA.
hackobock (834) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, 11,8%. Pours amber/red with a dense white head. Aroma is malty carmel, figs, butterscotch, pine. Taste is medium bitter which increases and it gets almost a bit harsh, a sweet fruity and malty background balances the bitterness but it is a bit one dimensional to be among the better ones in this category.
pilsnerrogge (2397) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 11.8% ABV
Pours deep amber with a large and thick head. Sweet and malty aroma of marshmallows, dried fruit and brown sugar. Sweet and malty flavor with notes of dried fruit, hops and alcohol. Bitter finish. Quite ok, but just a liiiiiiitle bit too strong for its own good.
Rasmus40 (9591) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 010314
saxo (13337) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are fruits, caramel, candy sugar, rich hops, flowers and malt. Nice bitter finish.
jookos (1455) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.65 bottle, SB iirc. Reddish dark amber, slight haze. Really delicious butterscotch caramel nose with orange apricot tones as it warms up. Some herbal citrus hoppyness, overall very agreeable. Smooth full body. Lots of residual sweetness, but bitters too for balance. This is definitely off style; barley wines should be murky icky, disgusting abv bombs. This is really pleasant, balanced and flavourful. Good job.
Linnet (1008) - Umeå, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11,8 % ABV
Ar: caramel, grass, citrus, resin, alcohol, butterscotch, grapefruit, very well hopped, almost like a DIPA with the malts ramped up to extreme levels, however, very enjoyable.
Ap: copper colour, medium beige head, lots of lacing.
T: noticable bite, big sweetness, ABV noticable, lots of hops and malts, this is a big, big beer, but it is not terribly refined, this is not a violin, it’s more like a sledgehammer.
P: fullbodied, soft carbonation, warming, sweet and bitter finish.
O: quality brew, but lacking complexity in the flavour.
metalhead0043 (126) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz for 7 bucks. Pours hazy copper/amber with a white head. Aroma is caramel, some fruit and a little hoppiness as well. Taste is pretty similar, with the caramel flavors up front leading into a lasting piney hop bitterness. Body is pretty full with a nice creamy texture. This is a pretty solid Barleywine. It is not quite as good as some of the other beers from Smuttynose, but still worth a shot.
arkurzynski (1369) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown pour. Nose of sticky caramel covered mixed fruit (dark cherry, raisin, orange), brown sugar, and citrus/pine/grapefruit hops. Flavor is toasted caramel malt, dark fruit, and citrus/pine hop bitterness. Lingering hop bitterness and fruit. Semi-sticky. Classic American-style barley wine with DIPA and IRA characteristics.