bierkoning (12100) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared @ jbrus’s place. Aroma has mango, pineapple, red berries and citrus. Malty flavor with loads of earthy hops. Hints of pineapple and mango. A considerable dry out effect. The balance is lacking a bit.
jcwattsrugger (12014) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
’07 Old Guardian BW [released 1/07]-on tap -pours an off white head and gold color. Aroma is medium malt-sweet, medium/dark fruit, raisin/plum/prune. Taste is medium malt-sweet, medium/dark fruit, raisin/plum/prune, spices, secondary hops, alcohol, syrupy. Sipping.
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, bought @ Cracked Kettle, Amsterda.
Pours a nice orange, fairly clear with a big, staying, creamy, yellowish head. Really an appetizing look. Lovely sweet caramel aroma, light toasted, somewhat grainy. Good hoppiness, some strawberry, peach, grapefruit and light piney. Medium carbonation, lovely oily mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely balanced between malty sweetness, hoppy bitterness (of which there is a lot) and viniousness. Peachy, grapefruity hops, some pine. Long, lingering vinious and heavy bitter aftertaste. Really a nice sipper.
BeerandBlues2 (11860) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22-oz bottle, Early Spring 2006 release. Pours clean copper and ruby with virtually no head. Aroma is caramel and maple malt (cookie), orange citrus and pine hops and an alcohol nose. Moderately sweet sugary malt, moderately bitter hops and medium acidity, piney and lingering hops. Medium bodied and warm, clean palate.
Pinball (11840) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
cloudy brown, smoot white head.
hoppy spicy dry aroma, very nice. faint dusty.
flavor is malty, sweet, very faint fruity, dry, super delicious, the hops and the malts balance really well.
Scopey (11790) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage on tap at the Meddlesome Moth, Dallas. It pours a cloudy mahogany colour with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. The nose is of oak, pine, dark fruits and caramel. The taste is initially pine, resin, smokey and caramel, leading to orange peel, raisin, date, fig, plum, prune and apricot. The mouth-feel is syrupy and the finish is long and bitter. A pretty tasty barley wine, full of dark sticky fruits.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 Bottle. Pours amber colored with thin head and decent lacing. Very sweet and strong aroma of malt, alcohol. Hops are not all that present in the aroma but come through in the taste. Very well balanced by the malt (caramel, toffee). Will definitely be picking up a few to cellar.
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 Bottled Vintage 2006 + 2007. Amber coloured. .Unclear. Dense beige head. Pines, alcohol, sweetness, herbs and flowers in the aroma. Massive. Flavour is flowery, sweet and piney. Caramel and light fruits are notable. Full bodied. Is quite dyr. Is bitter and caramelly in the end. Thanks to Storm for sharing this, which turned out to be my American beer no. 600. Fantastic beer to celebrate this.
DSG (11279) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Re-rate 7/12/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. 2009 vintage. Thanks David Cohen. Hazy dark orange. Aroma of big resinous hops with some pine, flowers and citrus hints. Bitter hoppy flavor with pine, some resin and grapefruit notes with a bit of honey-ish malt in the back. Medium-full body. Very bitter and not too balanced but still tasty. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. 2007 vintage. Hazy orange color. Aroma full of malt, caramel, honey, sherry, some fruitiness and some alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with some wood, vanilla notes, caramel, honey, sherry notes, some fruitiness and some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Full-bodied. Not my cup of tea. 6/3/6/4/12=3.1
Dogbrick (11098) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not quite as good as last year’s version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.