Odysseyalien (42) - 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.
wolffish (179) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Millésime de 2013, très boisée et moins sucrée que les versions précédentes que j’ai pu déguster. C’est tout simplement excellent!!
terrybail (592) - London, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2014 341ml bottle from the vintage ales 3 pack 2011,2012,1013
This is the rating for the 2011
Wow the aroma is amazing alcohol dried fruits and heavy malt yummy
pours a cloudy sediment laden dark orange copper
lovely strong fruity malt taste I do not get the hop bitterness at all but that is ok it is a great beer
aumax1 (231) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arôme intense de caramel. Bouteille de 341 ml de 2012. Puissant au goût on a des notes d?alcool une amertume puissante une petite acidité et des notes de caramel . Bonne mais pas pour les débutants
Stephane_Houle (107) - - JUL 24, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Apparence: D?une couleur ambré opaque, elle est coiffée d?une bonne mousse d?une couleur caramel d?une bonne durée. Effervescence difficile à évaluer, mais semble quasi inexistante.Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes de malt caramélisé. Saveurs: En bouche, c?est un corps amble. Au goût, c?est des saveurs d?alcool ainsi que de malt caramélisé. De longueur moyenne, il n?y a aucune effervescence, ni amertume.Fiche technique Style: Barley WineFormat: 341 mlTaux d?alcool : 10%Température: 13°C - 15°CMalts: Munich
maley1 (776) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark orange pour with small cream colored head. Aroma of malts, caramel, hops and slight fruit. Taste of chewy malts, caramel, molasses, orange rind and hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, a little cloying.
a_sully (128) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bitter but sweet with hints if citrus this beer has a clean taste with an almost smoky after taste
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DrSilverworm (6288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.5oz bottle, which came in a cool coin-bank cardboard tube. 2009 vintage (20th anniversary). Labeled 9.8%. Mostly hazy dark amber color, with lots of dark yeast particles suspended in the body. Thin minimal ring of off-white head, leaves a couple bits of lace. Big dark fruit, raisin, caramel malt aroma. Hints of fig and chocolate. Plums and prunes. Light hint of spice. Not much else to the aroma aside from that, besides some papery flavor that I associate with oxidization.. Taste is moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet, with a big weird spicy bigger heat at the end that makes it hard to take more than small sips. Bigger body, kind of slick. Very light carbonation. Not a very enjoyable nor easy to drink experience. Should have been drank much sooner, probably.
DeanF (1687) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2013 edition. This bottle is a screw-top!? Whacky to put a barley wine in that methinks. Clear dark gold body with very modest thin head on top. Heavy hoppiness and alcohol on the nose, fruitiness to thanks to that good ol’ ten percent. Flavour is a lot of caramel and chewy sweetness with some fruity fusel in there. Meaty mouthfeel. A little too overbearing.
pdx77 (1318) - Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. 2009 vintage. Deep amber golden with a bit of sediment. Aroma is oxidized caramel, prune, and sweet citrus. Taste is plum, tart citrus, caramel, and metallic aging. Bittersweet hops and caramel citrus aftertaste.
NBird (361) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks. Darker red/amber, sml-med head
Smells. Toffee malts, caramel dark fruit, alcohol.
Tastes. Fruit and spices, liquorice, lots of caramel and toffee and some heat from the alcohol.