mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Limited Early 2009 Release bottle. avg. rocky off-white head (mostly dissapating) with some lacing present into a murky copper. aromas of okay tons of hops. hard to get much else (not really bothering me cause the hops are so damn good). alcohol is well hidden (not even much warmth). oh wait, there is the malts. flavor is initially mod bittersweet and finishes mod-strong bitter. dry sticky long-lasting stuff. I overall really enloyed this one but I think the hops may have hid other aromas...wait there is a bit of (other) aromas that are more familiar in barley wines.
DeanF (1935) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - OCT 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Summer’s setting so it’s time to bust out the barley wines, give em a try, after hauling them up from the southern wastelands of urbanity to the far north where I can try them in peace - where the northern lights shine (well not tonight, it’s clouding and snowing and all) and there are plenty of movies on netflix (well not many actually, the Canadian version seriously sucks). But anyways I got a video game here to play.... maybe. I know the purists will be like "but barley wine’s not supp0s3d to have head, l00z3r!!" but I’m gonna say it, the head’s not so hot but all right. Also a nice dark gld body with, what... carbonation? In a barley wine? Kinda odd, but whatevs, right? The aroma is quite nice for an eleven percenter, smells like a weak amber, appetizing and not cloying at all like other high alcohol monsters. There are hops in there, a bit of caramel, softly spoken but carrying a big stick (unless they’re fibbing aboot the abv, but I doobt it). The flavour is a strong and intelligent caramel that is prominent and forceful but not disgusting. This is one of the most balanced barley wine’s I’ve had. It’s on your mouth but it’s not overbearing, not a pile of fusel madness all over the place, and in fact is quite nice to drink. Medium finish. Kind of a candy flavour over arching to the whole thing but still restrained. You know like the karate masters - they don’t show every move they have, but after awhile you understand that their finesse and experience reveals that they really could kick your ass. This is intelligent, well-defined stuff and kudos to the brewers, they are using their skilllz for good and not evil. Let’s hope it stays that way.
linusb (164) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Amber red colour, one finger head. N: Sherry, caramel T: Follows nose. O: Nice carbonated and a nice taste to it!
Mjp12 (880) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great yeast and malt aroma, sweet fruits on the tongue, with a mouthful of alcohol. Somehow, there are enough hops in this to clean the finish.
Enwiebe (218) - - OCT 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/2/15. 2013 bomber. Pours classic dark hazy amber. Last few drops were even darker viscous spots on top of the foam. Still big boozy and bold. Wonderful complexity. Still very challenging.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ebone1988 (530) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage at Hopcat Detroit. Aroma is mellow, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, some hop. Appearance is orange red, off white head. Taste is mellow, a great caramel and salted candy flavor, real nice. Mouthfeel is perfect, thick and the flavor is still here. Overall, yowza this is good
dresden (1205) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - SEP 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apparently haven’t rated this. Thick cloudy syrup deep golden. Big boozy caramel and sweet sugars. Well balanced, bread dough and alcohol heat but the caramel is great
Malin_aiisa (327) - SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red, brown, small white head.
Aroma of brown sugar, mature grapes.
Fizzy, bitter, alcoholic, round feel.
fantti (809) - FINLAND - SEP 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pullo @ Systembolaget, 11,2% versio. Kaatuu lasiin mahonginrusekana ja kirkkaana, noin kahden sormen paksuisella pysyvällä ja vahvaa pitsiä jätävällä vaahdolla. Tuoksussa vahvimpana on tuhti keksinen, pähkinäinen ja karamellinen mausteisuus. Mukana on sitruksinen ja makeampi hedelmäisyys, joka on paikoin jopa makeaan marjaisuuteen vivahtavaa. Maussa tuhti makeamman puoleinen maltaisuus (karamelli ja pähkinä) on edelleen hallitseva ominaisuus, mutta nyt makea marjaisuus työntyy selkeästi mukaan monipuolistaen makua. Humalointi on puumaisen ja havuisen tuntuista. Suutuntuma on melko tuhti ja täyteläinen, alkoholikin tuntuu, muttei polta liiaksi. Hiven tuhdimpi olisi saanut tuntuman puolesta olla. Hienosti tehty BW, monipuolinen ja sopivan hitaasti juotava. Stone pitää paikkansa yhtenä suosikkipanimoistani.
Davros (2448) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a large head.
Nose shows golden syrup, spicy and resinous hops, honey and caramel.
Similar flavours: honey, resinous and spicy hops and a massive aggressive bitterness.
Sarlacc83 (1485) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2008 vintage from Corvallis Brewing Supply.
A: Semi-clear reddish brown in color with a dark creme colored head and lacing.
N: Toffee, marshmallow, pines, very earthy and dirty hop notes, toasted biscuit, woodiness, a hint of iron and oxidation - but not much.
T: Quite sweet and surprisingly bitter given its age. Seems to be holding together pretty well, too - not breaking down at all.
M: Medium heavy body, sticky, foamy carbonation, alcohol is there, but it doesn’t have the usual Stone punch.
O: Fine barleywine, especially with some age on it. Doesn’t pull any punches, but it’s more restrained now than fresh - when I would give it a much lower score in all likelihood.