Lubiere (10842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown ale with floaties. Honey and sweet malt aroma with light hoppyness. Sweet earthy malt with sharp hops, molasses, and alcohol warmth. Rich and thick and oily. May 2005, Capflu’s BW tasting.
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Ruby red coloured. Beige dense head. Strong vineous aroma. Fruit, cocoa and some spices as well. Could easyly get addicted to this aroma. Flavour dosn't live up to the aroma. Alcahol is the dominant here. Some sweetness and fruits are detectable. Is bitter in the end, but in a very sharp way. Had expected a lot more. Thanks to Raindog.
BeerandBlues2 (10607) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blind rating. Pours copper with virtually no head. Aroma is floral, perfumey hops, caramel malt (cookie) and maple notes. Heavily hopped, bitter and acidic drying flavor, maple and caremel malt , burning alcohol (isopropyl) finish. Medium bodied and smooth palate.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy deep amber with mediu beige head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt, caramel and ripe fruits. Sweet flavour with ripe fruits, toasted malt, hops and alcohol notes. Bitter finish with warming alcohol.
Bov (10215) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
ruby-brown colour, fine head, strong hoppy nose, notes of cream and biscuit, cherry, very bitter, oily, very dry, very long hoppy finish with more creamy notes
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of After4ever, thanks Tom. It is a very beautiful, red mahogany color and the head is creamy. The aroma is vinous, malty with notes of raisin and other dark, dried fruits. The flavour has sweetness and notes of malt, alcohol, plum, light wood, caramel, cane sugar and citrus in the finish. The alcohol is warming, but also a little too dominating IMO.
daknole (10111) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
mcbackus gave me this at his house...thanks matt! Man what a great friggin beer!! Pours a cloudy brown with a very small light tan head. Aroma is full of caramel, dark fruit(raisins) and some hints of smoke...very light smoke that is. Flavor is sweet and fruity, caramel, syrup and rounded out with a perfect hop bite. A world class beer. Thanks again matt!!!!!
adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2011 Bottle @ home, courtesy of LeopoldStoch. Dark red orange appearance with a two finger tan head. Sweet berry jam, slightly boozy, quite caramel malty nose. Sweet, red fruity, caramel malty, slightly boozy flavor. Red fruits, some bitter hops, and light to medium booze on the finish. Somewhat bitter, earthy hoppy aftertaste. One of my new favorite Barley Wines!
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Original Rating 12/3/2007. Bottle. Not my favorite barley-wine. Flavors don’t seem to meld quite right until the beer was quite warm. Pours brown and cloudy with sediment. Taste of molasses and hops. Thick mouthfeel, as expected. 5/3/7/4/14/3.3
Rerate 6/25/2008. Batch 8269, bottled 1/11/08, from Market Street Wine Shop Downtown Location. Cloudy reddish brown pour with a tiny but persistent head. Aroma is very sweet and reminiscent of baked goods. Taste is dark fruits, brown sugar and a strong hoppiness. Thick mouthfeel. 7/4/7/4/15/3.7
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 This beer rocks!
How do I love this beer? Let me count the ways.
#1 The aroma - Wow! At room temperature, I can literally smell this ale from five feet away. It"s chock full "o" stong, sweet fruit (something I can"t identify, but possibly medley of fruits and berries such as apricots, guava, strawberries, apples, bananas... hey, that’s it... a Strawberry/Banana Smoothy or a county fair Caramelled Apple). Also, in the nose is at least an acre of rich barley malt and yeast.
#2 - The appearance is a crystal clear deep copper hue. The color of a freshly minted Penny. Large, rocky khaki-colored head. Mostly lasting with excellent lacing.
#3 - The flavor is very malty and moderately sweet up front with blasts of caramel, toffee and toasted nuts. Bananas, strawberries, warm alcohol and a nice hop bite await on the backside.
#4 - The palate is full-bodied with a thick, creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. A long, acrid , nicely bitter, alcoholic and dry finish. One last explosion of caramel and fruit at the far end.
Let me count the ways I love this beer? How about eighteen ways... as in an overall score of eighteen out of a possible twenty?
Thanks go out to RainDog for this excellent brew and my resulting buzz.