GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL 2009 version. Pours a translucent amber color with a massive two-finger cream head that settles down to nice layer and leaves sheety lacing. Huge aroma of spicy alcohol, barley, caramel malt, wet bittering hops, strawberries, peaches, apricots, candied fruits. Taste upfront is powerful grapefruit like a double IPA with piney hops but then moves to brasil and hazelnut. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Finishes dry and bitter with a long aftertaste of hazelnut and walnuts. 11.26% is very well hidden by the massive malt backbone and crazy amount of balancing hops. This is truly excellent. Would like to cellar one but this is so good fresh from the tanks that I would rather enjoy them right now.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2004 Nov. 2004 bottle. Orange red coloured beer with a thin off-white head. Big cookie dough and biscuit malt aroma. Spicy and pine/resiny hops in the nose. There is good balance between sweet malt and bitter hops though. Flavour is malt dominant, cookie dough and bright hops. Alcohol is really apparent in this one. Fairly bitter finish. I could do without the rambling diatribe on the back of the bottle though.
Benzai (8212) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2010. Hazy dark orange color, maybe light red. Smell hops, caramel, light alcohol. Taste hops, little alcohol, little fruits. Nice mouthfeel. High but pretty ok carbonation.
Dogbrick (8113) - 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.
leaparsons (8068) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy golden with a fluffy off-white foam. Aromas are spicy with loads of marzipan. Almond nuttiness with toffee and oranges. Oak barrel with spicy hops. Flavours are warming alcohol with sweet toffee and caramel. Marzipan with spicy pine hops and some softening cream and vanilla. A fair degree of alcohol on the finish. Good, if an acquired taste.
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2009 Intensely hoppy nose, dark roasted plums, wood, butterscotch and maple syrup. The flavor is pleasent: big and hoppy, like Bigfoot, with a nice musty malt sweetness that really scores points. Really good for being so young.
JorisPPattyn (7907) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught Orange-amber, just a small undefined rim. Fine, but quite affermative C-hops, further grapes, other dark fruit and lunaria. Wry, nearly tart hopsflavour. Some obvious caramel and piecrust. Well-bodied, slick, slightly burning MF. Surprising beer, in the sense that it feels sharp, aggressive at first, then gradually becomes dangerously easy-drinking. Less subtle (well...) than the older version, IMO.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Marked as "Limited early 2008 release". Long description on the back of the bottle. Pours like syrup. Aroma is hoppy and barely wine fruity with some alcohol. Off-white head that goes away after a little bit. Really good lacing. Murky pink-orange body. Exceptionally hoppy and strong barely wine (11.26%). Probably a bit too hoppy (certainly for the style, and probably too hoppy for me). Syrupy mouthfeel with light, pleasant carbonation. Very nice alcohol presence.
DocLock (7854) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I found this one very similar to the OG 2003. Turbid coppery with big white head and aroma of malt, dark fruit, cognac, and scotch. Typical barleywine taste sensations, but as usual, kicked up a notch. Wonderful.
gnoff (7834) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 First rating
65 cl bottle thanks to deft. BB March 2010.
Hazy copper color, orange head. Milky, alcohol, malty, grainy, fat, sweet scent. Bitter alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness. Not good.
On May 30, 2009
Hazy copper color, tan head. Lactic, alcohol, sweet scent; same goes for taste, though with a good amount of bitterness. Thick mouthfeel. Like it better than last time. Warming alcohol.
Bottle thanks to thomat! January 15, 2011
Cloudy copper color, small white head. Sweet, hoppy, cheese scent. Sweet, hoppy, bitter, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Bottle from Systembolaget. Sampled on Feb 26, 2011
Hazy copper color, yellow head. Fresh, citrus, hoppy, alcohol, hrash scent. Hoppy, citrus, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 16, 2011
Clear copper color, off-white head. Sweet. lemon, acidic scent. Sweet, malty, acidic, lemon, hoppy taste. Hoppy aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.