surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber bottle, 2007 vintage. Pours amber, with a bit of chill haze but otherwise clear. Minimal head. Sappy aroma with lots of candied fruits (raisins, figs) but also some sweet brown sugar along with citrus hops, bread and some alcohol notes. Hop bitterness comes through up front, balancing the heavy malt profile nicely, followed by lots of citrus hops. Full bodied and sticky with average carbonation and a smooth, if somewhat bitter finish. Warming. Nice sipper.
Joakgust (955) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy amber red amber beer with a large white head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, spices, dried fruit, raisins and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, herbs, nuts, dried fruit and apricots. Wonderful.
mabel (6559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[6333-20140522] 1pt6floz bottle. Caramel grains aroma. Murky, brown body with a quick foamy white head and thick floaties. Thick fruity caramel pineapple flavour. Full body is sneakily boozy. Good, a surprising and muted good find. (7/3/8/3/15) 3.6
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, GregClow, jercraigs)
ekstedt (5626) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Shady orange, medium tan head. Bready, bisquity, and slightly caramelly malt aroma, piney and citric hops. Medium to full bodied, mmedium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.
islay (1248) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Majority of 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 9-11-14. “Bottle-conditioned in: 2013,” so this beer is about a year old. Juicy, fruity aroma is pleasant and simple and features scents of red grape, lemon, and caramel. Pours a clear copper with a moderate amount of golden taupe head. Hazy, cloudy, and containing suspended particulate only in the final of multiple pours. Produces long-lasting lacing. Dry, spicy taste features flavors of orange, caramel, dry Curacao liqueur, cream, lemon, lime, and cinnamon. Briny and boozy. Bitter finish and aftertaste. Medium body (lighter than I expected and light for the style). Lively in the palate. Overall, Smuttynose Barleywine Style Ale is forgettable and not particularly likable. Like all too many other barley wines, it’s just “too much” to be enjoyable.
cards04 (1844) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice barley wine. Lots of sweet dried fruit and bubblegum and honey. Same flavors with a strong hop finish that lasts. Good stuff.
Lilja (1782) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smak och doft av humle, malt, citrus, grapefrukt, trä, äpple, körsbär, russin och plommon med tydig pepprig beska med smak av tall och humle. Fruktig, smakrik, lagom sötma, lite obalanserad och alkoholen slår igenom aningen för mycket.
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2014 Wasn’t totally impressed with last year’s version when I first had it, but after letting a bottle sit for 8 months or so, this one is growing on me. A really rich caramel malt nose on an orangey-brown body. Full-bodied malt with rich caramel and plummy dark fruit round out the thick caramel malt taste profile. A touch of citrus and complementary hops make this a winner, with a little aging.
aenima (274) - Askim, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A barley wine with some flaws. The aroma is the best with the beer. Nice malty aroma with a little citrus from american hops. The taste is light caramel with some citrus. Some harsch alcohol in the finish.
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber coulor with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, hop, pine, citrus. Flavour is roasted malt, hop, pine, citrus, alcohol, caramel. Full body. Nice beer.
onceblind (4521) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant clear amber/copper under a generous off-cream head. Big sticky nose of delightful stone fruit and cherry and plums, and dark fruity caramel. Nice sticky flavor that’s balanced with a earthy, leafy sort of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Lots of caramel, plum, apple, raisin, cherry and dark sticky maltiness throughout until the hoppy and leafy finish. Really complex and balanced.