bigben873 (205) - Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma - Light Fruity, subtle malt aroma
Appearance - Medium Brown, cloudy, thick small head
Taste - Medium malt flavor, light hops
Palate - very smooth finish, no bitterness
Overall - A solid barleywine ale; not too hoppy-American, but not nearly as malty as the English-style I prefer. Really a pretty good hybrid of the two styles. Probably my favorite Bell’s beer.
George999 (374) - Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the bottle, it pours hazy and dark amber in color, the head is cream colored amd dissipates but leaves a this head remaining on the beer. The aroma is malts, carmel and a hint of alcohol in the back of the nose. The taste is cream, caramel and malts. There is an alcohol bite but not overpowering but none the less present. The finish is malty with a little alcohol warmth. The mouthfeel is medium to thick, but not as thick as a heavy stout. Overall a great strong ale with a few flavors making this a great slow sipping beer.
teorn88 (6196) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle via Beer Gonzo. It pours a clean caramel color with a large khaki pillowy head. Aroma is sweet and musty with notes of raisins, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Taste is balanced between the sweet caramel notes and the burnt sugar bitter finish. More vanilla, raisins, eggnogg, custard cream, milk chocolate notes. Full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, intense
angelkostvo (1144) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 31, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colour, white head. Aroma of toffee, milk chocolate, vanilla. Taste is medium sweet. Medium body, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation.
jmm635 (991) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark caramel color with a small beige head that quickly faded. Aroma of maple syrup, fig jam, and booze. Sweet flavor with light bitterness and a bit of am alcoholic finish.
McWorta (1467) - LUXEMBOURG - JUL 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper-light brown (20-25EBC), fine poring small beige head offering lovely viscousity. Aromas of ripe dark fruits, figs, plums, butterscotch, caramel, honey glazed toast with a light floral blossom note. Fine perlage, smoot-slick, full bodied. Caramel-toast fig sweetness, with dark fruit bitterness with a whaff of sugared lemon peel on the lasting finish.
Dedollewaitor (15488) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller Web Shop. Pours deep ruby copper with a small head and lacings. Deep and rich toffee-ish vinous nose with notes of dark dried fruit and caramel. Slick, soft and vinous. Warming dryish ending. Enjoyable ..
LRonCupboard (34) - ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the ever pricey Oak Barrel. Really good Barley wine. Pours clear ruby/brown with a tremendous long-lasting creamy beige head - looks the part. Big caramel and heavily malty nose with a bit of yeastiness and booze as you might expect. Soft carbonation and a medium to full body. Taste is surprisingly hoppy and bitter with some grapefruit. Also some caramel sweetness and booze, but all very well balanced.
johndoughty (4950) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a small head. Powerful, full bodied and in your face.Some maltiness and a strong presence of alcohol. Very interesting.
onceblind (7067) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy rustic plummy Amber with a thin ivory head. Big amazing fruity nose of plummy raisin and a little rummy brown sugar, but not in a Belgian Quad kind of way. Hard to explain. Boozy malty depth without being overly fruity or purple. Delightful boozy warmth with loads of dark raisin and Woody undertones. Semisweet and stone fruity and a light sharp heat. Smooth and big and very complex. So hard to explain but it’s a really amazing textbook Barleywine.
RichTheVillan (6526) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; hazy dark brown pour with a thin beige head, aroma has earthy fruits and toffee, taste has dark fruits, sweet caramel, bready malts, very sweet, quite boozy, stewed fruits, some wood.