adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Purple maroon body with a two finger light brown head. Sweet, caramel malty nose with an earthy hoppy nose. Bitter hoppy flavor with a caramel malty body. Some booze in the flavor but it’s actually masked incredibly well. Overall more of an IPA barleywine than most sweet malty barleywines. Quite good.
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear amber with large beige head. Sweet aroma with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted malt and hops. Sweet flavour with alcohol, caramel, citric hops and toasted malt. Bitter finish with warming alcohol.
Stuu666 (10296) - 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.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
De botella. Unclear amber colour, medium off-white looking head. Sweet ripe fruity hoppy aroma with toasty malt and alcohol. Good filling mouthfeel. Quite sweet a flavour, fruity hops, sweet, toasty malt, some alcohol, sweet.
rosenbergh (10208) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2013 650 ml bottle. 2012 release. Thanks Jukka! HHOK XIII.
Clear reddish golden colour with a small off-white head.
Sweet and dark American hops and malt in the aroma.
The flavour is alcohol. There’s some sweet cookies and dark Stone hops that were recognisable even in the blind tasting. Too much alcohol in the flavour for me. It could be much more enjoyable when aged a little more.
650 ml bottle. 2010 Release. 11.1%. From bierkompass.de.
Murky reddish brown colour with a small light tan head.
Mild sourness, malt, hops, bitterness and cookie dough in the aroma.
The flavour is resiny hops, strong bitterness, sweet maltiness, warming (or even burning) alcohol and mild berry notes.
Very much Barley Wine but with strong American hoppiness. Tasty and satisfying. Much better experience than the first one. This one is 2 years more aged.
Camons (10109) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Hotelroom, Denver. 2011 classic release. Pours dark / burned orange with creamy white head. Aroma of caramel, bisquet, resin, grapefruit, citruss. Taste is starting of sweet with caramel, sweet malt, toast, but is soon overtaken with bitter hops, resin, grapefruit, pine, bit of a alchohol burn. Medium body, soft carbonation, lasting bitter finish. Good beer, but more like a IIPA the a BW. 030311
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasting at beer temple. Clear amber pour with small tan head. Aroma is caramel and grassy hops. Flavour is like a hybrid of strong American style ipa and barley wine with sweet and bitter combinations of the two styles
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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.
slowrunner77 (9953) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2010 "is it possible for a beer to punch you in the face (twice-first a malt jolt, then tremendous hops), and yet still leave you wanting to drink another right away. that was my first experience with this massive-in-every-way beer, and I haven’t changed my mind. BEST BARLEYWINE EVER!!! the only thing preventing this from being a 5 is that it was better fresh...it didn’t age as well as a Barleywine should."
DocLock (9904) - 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.