Vells (715) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge caramel on nose, same caramel in taste with surprisingly intense piney hop kick, intense maltiness in background but doesnt cover too pushy hops, bit bready, dried fruits. Hop syrup in two words. Well..
its interesting and enjoyable brew, but feels bit unbalanced for me as bitterness overcomes sweetness way too much
Yorker (1256) - Herning, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
65 cl bottle @ home (2010 vintage). Pours clear reddish amber with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, dried fruits, hops, and alcohol - with a slightly bitter finish.
Cool_Bond (1499) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light aroma of fruit. The taste has a lot more fruity flavor and heavy bitter taste. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth forever. The heavy bitterness does not really fit me but definitely worth drinking. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
1guywith_aboat (230) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUL 23, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Right off the bad this beer pours a gorgeous dark copper color with a thick, dense khaki head. Loads of lacing after every sip. Aroma is very much full of earthy and grapefruit hop, has a rich malt profile, and fairly strong booze. Flavor changes after the initial shock. At first it is very intensely bitter and strong alcohol. Then it turns to a great balance between intense bitterness from the hops and a heavy malt presentation. A little raisiny, a little fruity, mostly just too intense to really drscribe, in a good way. This one has me flabbergasted. Very great beer.
zenkis (577) - Ogre, LATVIA - JUL 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 release bottle, ALEhouse, Riga
Poured dark ambery or brownish, quite clear with beige small but thick and long lasting thin layer top. Leaving slowly lasing, stripe after stripe, deep bubbly visual texture,hence- above average carbonation. Aroma- hmm, so intense and pleasant, rich and long lasting- sweet caramel and biscuit malty, a bit berries-candies alike, hints of nuts, toasted malts and quite yeasty seemed to me too. Suplemented richfull by hops but unfortunately I couldn’t figure out what kind of, cause it is so richfull of aromas. Taste- massively sweet and hoppy, can’t say that it was too bitter but maybe it’s just perfectly balanced out by sweet flavors. Aftertaste is spruce, resiny alike hoppy, long lasting, light to medium dry finishing. Medium to full body, thick, stewy, pulpy texture, for BW it was surprisingly carbonated, not too much, just to fizz on your tongue, astringent mouthfeel. Indeed beer to try. will compare with 2013 classic release.
Leini (846) - SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Red/brown with a low white head. Caramelly, bitter and very boozy.
//Rated via Beer Buddy
fitwitchik (352) - USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery Snifter a dark amber with a tan head.
Aroma is sweet caramelized pine needles.
Flavor is sugared hops malty biting-deliciously balanced on the palate . LOVE this American style barleywine. Have past 4 years laying down. One day will have an epic vertical celebration.
Osprey87 (1821) - WALES - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog, at 11%. Dark orange, hazy, decent foamy white head. Aroma is strong sweet caramel, rose and other floral notes, pine, alcohol. Body is medium, rich, foamy, low carbonation. Taste is sweet toffee apple. Very sweet - one dimensionally so - but not to the extent that it becomes unbearable. Piney hop is almost obscured by the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Pretty good actually.
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh, 2010 edition. Pours hazy amber, toffee, caramel, dry and bitter. 3.9
Bottle at home, 2012 edition. Hazy amber, nose is pine, toffee, caramel, taste is very fruity, sweet, bitter, caramel.
SimonTja (276) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Biscuity, rich malty, sticky, but not sweet, soapy hop feel with a spicy touch. Very mellowed out and drawn out taste with a peak in the end with a soapy hop bitterness and drawn out bitterness. Quite dry for a barley wine, some apricot and plum fruit to it.