Lightrider (301) - Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 2012 bottle into an ale glass. Pour is a haze brown amber with a thick brown head. Aroma is a fruit thick wash. Tastes are a mix of fruit and malts. Taste is a strong unstoppable train of many different notes. Finish is warm and dirty, in a great way. A great barley wine.
zenkis (547) - 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 (725) - 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.
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fitwitchik (250) - 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.
Howlader (696) - - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had both in bottles and on draught, aged and fresh - very good barley wine.
Osprey87 (1383) - 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 (1605) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh, 2010 edition. Pours hazy amber, toffee, caramel, dry and bitter.
SimonTja (226) - 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.
closey22 (793) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber rimming beige head; malty aroma; Flava is rich malty some earthy notes of horseradish but not the heat; feels medium some fizz;’finishes dry bitter some sweet malty notes
kansascityCW (109) - kansas city, Missouri, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fantastic barleywine; aroma of caramel and pine, malt forward taste with a hoppy, bitter finish.
beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red with creamy head about a finger thick. Smells of tropical fruits, caramel and some barley. Really inviting. Tastes of mango, bananas barley and some hops come in the background to finish things off. Alcohol is noticeable a bit, but not overpowering. A fantastic barleywine. Hope to score some more in the future.