Odysseyalien (71) - 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.
Arcanor (204) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottled 2015, open on 2016-09-26. Pour orange amber with red reflections. Small bubbles and compact off white foam crowned the liquid. Aroma of wet oak and lightly roasted malt with some dark prune notes. The presence of alcohol is the first to show his nose. The malty feel and the oak chips is well balance. Full body, oily texture and dryness makes a good appearance. Long malty and ethanol finish. Not for the for the fainted.
Night_Cap (116) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 341ml (2013) – cellared for 3 years. Served at room temperature. Pours copper with a slight haze. Head is medium sized, dense, beige, and lasts very well. Aroma shows notes of citrus hops; biscuity malts, glazed orange slices, ripe nectarines, raisins, toffee, brandy (light), aniseed and a pinch of cinnamon. Flavour is a medium hop bitterness with biscuity malts; white nectarines, ruby grapefruit, dried currants, toffee, aniseed, hints of oak and a sappy/peppery finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, an oily texture and a long warming finish.
ljthiessen (1126) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 8, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2015 vintage. Cloudy burnt-orange pour with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, plum, hints of citrus. Taste is much the same, caramel, some brighter citrus coming through, dark fruits, plenty of bitterness balancing out. A crisp and citrusy barleywine.
electrotype (654) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013. Extrêmement sucrée comme bière. C’est une Barley Wine donc il faut s’y attendre, mais ici c’est quand même surprenent. L’alcool est cela dit bien intégrée et c’est probablement un arrêt intéressant pour un amateur du style. Peut-être qu’avec le temps le sucre tend à être réduit?
pictoman (933) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 341mL bottle (2011 vintage). Orangey brown with beige head and a bit of sediment. Sweet caramel malt, plum, fig, a bit of alcohol, mild hops. Light creamy texture, but flavour dissipates a bit on the finish. May have aged it a little too long (2-2.5 years would’ve probably been best).
sudomorph (1088) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 341ml bottle. Pours a clear ruby caramel with a thin, off white head and faint sediment. Aroma has great notes of sweet caramel, dark fruits, bread, and toffee. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, slight bittering hops, slight alcohol, and a soft, sweeter ending. Medium-full body with a low-medium carbonation. Slightly syrupy in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall great and nicely aged. Caramel, toffee, bread, and slight alcohol. Yum.
thomashall (649) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in trade 2009 vintage. Dark copper pour. Aroma is dark malts and sweetness. Taste is bitter up front, taste like it has some age on it. Will rerate with newer vintage.
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Tom - thanks! 2009 vintage. Obviously a great beer, but this has too much age on it - the hops have faded and morphed. Getting some tangerine, caramel, butterscotch.
guil0000 (384) - New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poors a light copper/yellowish color with a medium sized tan head that sticks for a while. Nose of lightly roasted malt, then you get this intense dark fruit nose of mostly prunes, grapes and dark cherries. You also get a tiny bit of caramel. taste is pretty sweet at first. You also get a bit of tanginess. Alcool presence is medium to strong at the ending. Mouthfeel is creamy, kind of feels like a stout. Very good beer.
dreamflower (767) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 2, 2016
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared with greenflower in Lethbridge. Bready and roasty aroma. More on the malt side of things. There was a touch of bubblegum, and a touch of woodiness. Heavy sweetness, which I like. Super rich and boozy, but at the same time well balanced, perhaps from the floral aspect.