VastActiv (3517) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Originally rated 30122011. Colour is dark copper with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, sweetness and malts.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep orange amber opaque, thin wispy white head. Aroma is big caramel, toffee and dark fruit. Slight Belgian yeast note but in the background, mild booze. Flavor is off the charts, big dark fruit and caramel notes almost a boozy bourbon sweetness. Some sweet citrus and spice, mild hop bitterness. Big tasty malt bomb, wish I could get another.
Salmoniform (1193) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured 2011 from bomber to glass. Reddish copper hue with off white head that lingered with decent lacing. Aroma is caramel, toffee, clove, port-like, slightly buttery, raisins, esters. Mouthfeel is great with full body and good carbonation. Somewhat slick texture on the palate. Taste is sweet up front with a nice bitterness following and an estery ethanol finish. Overall this is an interesting and nice Barleywine. Beginning to show oxidation but not in a horribly bad way, more of a different layer in this complex brew.
swesson (276) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber. Orangey-red body and an off-white head that well lingers. Smells like a barley wine and is very yeasty. Not a strong beer, but a good middle-ground ale. Lacing goes all the wY down my pint glass. A bit of caramel and good balance if sweet and bitter.
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blankboy (6426) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[My bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry & biegaman] Pours a murky reddish-orange with an average size long-lasting frothy tan head. Aroma is fruity and hoppy along with caramel malt, a hint of toffee and some light Belgian yeast. Lovely flavour, fruity and hoppy with a long bitter finish. medium bodied. Fantastic.
NikkTwist (1884) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Eulogy. Poured a very, very dark copper brown with some soft tan foam. Aged dark fruits. Burnt molasses candy. Body feels a bit thin and watery, though complex, (like an aged Belgium Dubbel) but there is definitely a strong spicy hop bite in the finish. Unusual combination.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared by blankboy with me and biegaman. Hazy very deep amber with a decent frothy beige head. Classic fruity/light resin american barleywine, alcohol and that floral/sweet Belgian thing - intriguing. Taste - yep, more Belgian, less malt body, quite clean and balanced - dangerous. Slightly light body, good carbonation, increasing sweet floral bitterness - oh yes. Damned good. How old??
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Great reddish-amber-brown color with thick tan head that held pretty well. Good lacing and legs. Full body and medium carbonation. Aroma is of toffee, some mahogany, medium roasted malt sweetness. Taste is funky. The big thing that throws me off is that it tastes like burnt marshmallows. That burtn flavor is front and center and I’m glad I was splitting this bottle because I would’ve drain poured it if I tried to finish it myself.
brewballs (210) - USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stone is always hit or miss for me. They tend to play it safe by doing IPA’s. With their barleywine there is sense this is where they need to go. It has an amber hue. Lacy head. A little boozy but the hops override it. It has a smooth wash down maybe too clean. It needs a bit more bitterness but overall it is a balanced beer. I’d like to try on tap definitely next time.
Svesse (6756) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Hazy reddish amber colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of orange marmalade, dried apricots, rye bread, honey, citrus peel, red fruit, caramel and hints of spices. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, apricots, rye bread, orange peel, marmalade, hints of liquorice and spices (clove?) and a certain sweetness and alcohol bite in a finish with a good citric bitterness. Almost full body, soft and chewy mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Solid and well made barley wine with a spicy touch. Very nice.