Odysseyalien (50) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had one of these originally when I first started liking barleywines. Didn’t think much of it at the time. As my tastes have matured in the last year or two, I have to say this is one of the best English barleywines I’ve had.
I poured this into my snifter and there was not much of a head. There is some lacing as I slowly sip this into my belly. Oddly, of any beer I’ve ever had of any kind, this one seems to have no aroma. If I glue my nose to the glass rim and sniff hard, a very subtle sweetness but really, an obviously weak aroma to none at all.
The taste though is right on the money for an English barleywine. Prunes come to mine on my first sip. Moderately sweet as I’ve certainly had sweeter and less sweet barleywines. Little hop profile which is par for the course.
All in all, I hope to get another one of these and maybe put some additional years on it. Very tasty and one you will want to add to your collection if you like English barleywines.
CRock (94) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drinking a 2011 bottle. Caramel and malty aroma. It’s sweet which is understandable considering it has been aging for a few years. Fantastic beer.
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a cloudy orange copper with small frothy off white head. The aroma is dark fruity malt and caramel. Medium mouth with strong malt, toast, caramel, and light bitter finish, good.
dresden (1073) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cellar cleaning, 2011 bottle that I’m pretty sure came from Steven. Hazy and somewhat viscous. Big malty aroma, some oxidation, but it is a few years old. Very sweet but very drinkable. Nice
PictouRx (155) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 edition bought in dec 2013 kept in the dark for 1 year and now I sample. 10% on bottle, pours a opaque dark copper tan color with a small froth head. aroma is of caramel, dark fruit, plum. very smooth texture, almost melts in your mouth, complex, with a finish bitter. 10% is not experienced by sipping, a nice beer, one of the best I have had in 2014.
AgentAle (961) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is yeast, caramel, toffee, sweet malts and dark fruits. Taste is instantly rich sweet malts with caramel and rich malts and a light hopiness that is balanced very well. Light pleasant spiciness. Slight warm alcohol taste but great for a 10% beer. Appearance is a copper /orange body with small fruity sediment in suspention. Very very nice beer.
MrHangover (3068) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2013 vintage @ THT November. Pours a clear dark amber beer with a small white head on top. Aroma of sweet yeasty esters, red dried fruits, slight vineous and port. Nice balance in the flavor, some sweet and fruity, sligthly boozy and very malty. Lots of rich dark sugars in there. Very warming stuff. Nice.
kermis (6422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Mrhangover. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, light fruits, caramel, toffee and dough. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbobation.
deanso (6248) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2014 sample at THT Movember
Clear amber pour. Nice beer. A very nice beer.
Benzai (9670) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ THT November. Slightly unclear orange color, small off-white head. Smell and taste lightly malts, sweet, a hint of nuts, lightly overripe fruits, slightly bitter in the finish. Decent body and carbonation.
sic1314 (4762) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured medium amber with an off white head. Aroma of sweet berries, caramel malt. Full body, flavour is medium sweet, lightly bitter.