NordicV (760) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kopparfärgad, lätt grumlig öl med ett litet vitt skum. Doftar klassiskt barley wine, sött, fruktigt och en del alkohl. Smakar fruktigt och sött som en marmelad.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from a trade long ago. Late 2009 vintage shared at a brew session. Pours a rich glowing amber honey brown body, offer some firm hazy qualities, glowing fiery orange edges and a frothy offwhite head that dies to a film. Laces small. Aromas are gentle crisp malts, sweeter bread, gentle fruity elements, touches of mandarin orange, maple sweetness, toffee. Sweeter sticky nose than the barleywine. Initial is medium heavier modied, a bit sticky with mellow toffee, caramel, and gentle estery fruit. Bready malts, flaked wheat, gentle sweetness offers some thickness, girthy sweetness. Plenty of orange, gentle oxidation. Gentle bitterness, dried fruit, and mellow heat into the backend. A bit sweet up front, backend redeems it a bit. My least favorite of the offerings today. A bit sticky and sweet for my tastes. A solid beer overall though.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from The York Tap. Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a lacy beige head. A lovely barley wine aroma of candy sugar, caramel, toffee and alcohol. Similar flavours and quite bitter with a sweet and grassy linger. Mild carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Tasty.
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 19/IV/2012 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Klaas’ place - 2009 vintage (2012-392) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Clear copper red beer, small white head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Aroma: sweet touch, alcohol, ripe fruits, bit woody. MF ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, notes of milk chocolate, alcohol is present, apricot jam, dried fruits, strawberries, bit sour, milk chocolate. Aftertaste: raspverry jam, very fruity, pretty sweet, slightly bitter hops, alcohol, bit meaty ending. Amazing beer.
ontbeermaker (1832) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from 2010. no carbination, fairly oxidated. I taste some of the qualities that would make a good beer, but overall it was a bad example of a beer. It was similar to a barley wine. Overall interesting to try
DrSilverworm (2726) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, shared with friends. Hazy red-orange color, fine floating sediment floating inside. Awesome, smooth texture. Really nice aroma, dark fruit, but also wheaty, really interesting and unique but still most definitely a barleywine. Nice rich lightly sweet taste.
lithy (3000) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale yellow, spicy, honey, very sweet wheat character. Ok, but not a favorite beer style of mine.
cleverlobo (296) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; hazy orange with beige head; aroma-sweet, caramel, ripe fruits, orange; taste- heavy sweetness, medium bitterness, full body, sticky, average carbonation, bitter finish. Too sweet for me. Complex
valpoaj (531) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pulled out of the cellar for the Super Bowl - had been down there for some time and was looking forward to giving it a spin. Aroma was not strong, but very pleasant and sweet. Taste was surprisingly good - definitely more mellow than the 11% abv would suggest, but I laid it down for some time. Smooth and easy on the palate, this one was a notch or two better than I expected.
Hansen (5449) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium amber coloured and almost clear. Has a white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is heavy malty, toasted, molasses, caramel. Faint citrus notes. Flavor starts heavy sweet, light acid, light bitterness, harmonic. Syrupy texture and flat carbonation.