blackisle (961) - IJburg, - FEB 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33cl. Opaque red brown, one finger beige frothy head, good retention and lacing; caramel, coffee, roasted, spruce, smoked, woody; quite sweet, slightly bitter taste, smoky; heavy body, creamy texture; lingering bitter and smoky finish, peppery tones.
jerohen (2046) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled from Biernavigatie.nl. Copper colored, initially very big head, good lacing. Malty nose, wood, raisins, hint of apple, yeast, bit like La Trappe’s Quadrupel. Bittersweet flavor, some wood, malts, alcohol. It feels like all the ingredients are present, but are somehow not in full harmony. Perhaps the wood needs to be toned down, or the beer itself requires some more aging.
Kavu (2543) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33l bottle @ One Pint Pub. Pours murky amber with a low off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts and alcohol. Flavor is strong, slightly sweet and bitter malts with alcohol, some yeast and plenty of hops. Not the easiest beer, but very good.
madmitch76 (16507) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
25th September 2014
Hotel tasting with Colin Theydon Bois. Lightly hazy deep amber beer,good fluffy pale cream colour head. Palate is airy with fine carbonation. Semi dry. Smooth dry malts, touch of caramel. Floralness. Spicy dried fruits. Little toffee and brandy on the semi dry finish. Fine.
obe83 (75) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
premettendo che nn comprendo i barley wine (le sento poco birre) sicuramente da elogiare l aspetto visivo con il sui bel colore bruno con una bella schiuma color crema compatta e persistente. al naso odori grassi (burro?) si fondono con sentori di nocciola e di legno bruciato. Si scorge gia il senso etilico dei suoi 10% vol. In bocca tante sfaccettature che partono con il caramello dei malti e uva passa, si ritrovono in seguito le solite note olfattive e si chiude con un gusto affumicato persistente. Il corpo strutturato e il grado alcolico nn la rendono una bevuta facile.
Erasmus_ro (1573) - Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a large, beige head. Aroma is roasted, caramelly, dried fruit,chocolate. Taste is semi-sweet with caramel, dried fruit, ’t IJ yeast, earthiness, lightly boozy, but not in a disturbing way. Strong carbonation, quite full.
Vili (93) - FINLAND - JAN 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with light brown medium head. Aroma is full of bread, caramel, coffee and malts. Taste is medium sweet, hints of caramel and medium bitterness. Maybe a bit too much alcohol on the malty aftertaste, even for a barley wine. Ending is nice, however. Decent companion for dark winter months.
MrHangover (2949) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber brown beer with a medium sized off white head on top. Aroma of loads of sugar, malts, slight chocolate, caramel. Flavor is medium sweet, slight vineous characters, caramel again. Not very complex, but the flavors are still very nice. Nice balance, nothing extraordinary or strange, just a well crafted Barley Wine. Nice.
wiosna (320) - - NOV 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33 pullo@ OPP. Samea kauniin paahteisen karamellin väristä. Tuoksussa paahteista mallasta, palvikinkkua, alkoholia, tummaa hedelmää ja humalaa. Maussa makeaa tuhtia mallasta, lähes palanutta sokeria, luumua. Täyteläinen.
Kleurplaatje (72) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Pours dark brown with a off-white and brownish (sugary) head. Quite appealling looks. Bit coffee-like... Had to react quick, since the bottle gushed like a geiser after opening it... Guess it’s pretty carbonated. Aromas of hops, yeast, malts, some burnt wood as well. Heavy alcoholic smell though, which crushes the sweetness actually. Some smelly ham as well. Definitely a pity. Taste is soft bitter, not too sweet and largely alcoholic. Smokey, clear taste of the shreds of oak. Strong bitter, and quite alcoholic peppery aftertaste with a small sweetish kick. Yet, the alcohol is still too omnipresent and literally takes all the sweetness away... Medium bodied, creamy texture and heavy carbonated (a bit too carbonated). Had to get used to this brew’s taste in general. But after a while, it gets somewhat (even less than that...) tasty in quite a whisky-like way. However, it lacks balance since it is too alcoholic and tends to lose all the sweetness very quick. Furthermore the aroma is quite unpleasant and too alcoholic, which made each sip to go accompanied with a large dash of alcohol in the nose... Less alcohol in the aroma and the taste, and it would do a hell of a lot better. Now it’s just a hell of a miss. Pity.
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split with Kenny in the special surprise room tasting, Amsterdam Inntel pre Borefts livener, 25/09/14.
Hazed chestnut brown with a good sized beige covering that retains well.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, light medicianls, spice, malty notes.
Taste comprises light smoke, spice, more medicinal tunes, dark fruit rinds, dates.
Medium bodied, spritzy and overcarbed, light booze in the close.
Very average for style, doesn’t drink to 10% but also doesn’t deliver for that ABV!