GRM (3079) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bottle, 650 ml, 2006 vintage, trade with rfraga7 (thank you!)’ savoured on August 8 2014; eye: brown with a caramel hue, hazy, tiny sheet of khaki head, light lacing; nose: resinous hops, malt, caramel, light fruity, pine, fig, light alcohol; mouth: resinous hops, malt, caramel, slight fruity, pine, lots of astringency, bittering hops, fig, light alcohol, finale in bittering hops with good presence of malt and caramel, full body, quite bitter, mildly sweet, harsh texture; overall: fine and as hold up pretty well
Bouteille brune, 650 ml, millésime 2006, échange avec rfaga7, savourée le 8 août 2014; œil : brune avec une teinte caramel, trouble, petite couverture de mousse kaki, légère dentelle; nez : houblon résineux, malt, caramel, léger fruité, pin, figue, léger alcool; bouche : houblon résineux, malt, caramel, très léger fruité, pin, beaucoup d’astringence, houblon amérisant, figue, léger alcool, finale en houblon amérisant avec bonne présence de malt et de caramel, corsée, pas mal amère, moyennement sucrée, texture rugueuse; en résumé : bien et a bien vieilli
hackobock (1713) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 version. Pours light hazy amber with a creamy white head. Aroma of caramel, resin, orange zest, peach, passionfruit, soap. Taste is medium sweet caramel and ripe fruits, medium bitter grassy and piney all the way. Finish is medium grassy bitter with a caramel background, some alcohol coming through as it warms up. Creamy medium/full bodied with low/medium carbonation.
Lectvay (157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been wanting to try this for a while. Thanks for the bottle, Ray! This hits all the right notes for a barleywine in its aroma and taste. Sweet and robust, with a noticeable hoppy brightness. A very special barleywine.
Pyrmir (3532) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle, vintage 2009. Hazy amber with off white head. Aroma of marmalade, peach and lots of caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, fruit, marmalade, apricot and pine. Nice
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 release on tap at DLD 2014. Pour is burnt orange with a very small white head. Aroma and flavor of molasses, dark caramel, resin hops, toffee, and light biscuit. Finish has a lot more hop presence with more fruit flavors.
MotherBrother (763) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 - blue wax.
Pour murky nutty brown, with a small frothy off white head.
Aroma is really hop forward. when poured, this seems like a "triple IPA", but it warms up, the malty caramel notes comes through. Also slight dark fruits and some mint in here as well.
The taste is sweet, but has plenty of hoppy bitterness to it as well. Medium n’ slightly sticky body, with a semi-flat carbonation.
I know this is what American BW is all about, but I dig my BW’s more sweet. Oh well, shame on me.
Hoprider (105) - DENMARK - JUN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Settles a hazy light copper tone i the glass with a beige head. The aromas here a very very fresh. Big hop profile coming through. I think this was brewed in march 2014. This could just as weel have been a trippel ipa. Now to the taste.. Ok here we have a maltier background with a little caramel and hazelnut. But it is still very very herbal and piney, very hoppy. The mouthfeel is lively and has a medium body. The finish is.. (you guessed it) hoppy.
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 bottle aged 2yrs. Pours a hazy dark reddish orange color with sticky off white head that laced my glass. The aroma is of a hoppy citrus with defined tones of sweet malted carmel grains. From memory, age has tamed the hop driven scents than fresher version. Because of the age to this brew the carmel aroma is more dominating with a pleasant moderation of herbel and citrus like hop scents. In tasting I picked up a very welcoming bitterness with a nice blending of sweet sugary grains and booze. There is a medium body to this beverage, making it very drinkable. The finish is desirable even with a boozy dryness that lingered. Overall I was surprised that this aged well. Honestly I thought when I had this fresh that it could not get any better but the behemoth proved me wrong, you got to love the barleywine style.
SlackerMads (1700) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2012 version. Hazy hazelnut brown with a small tan head. Caramel, cookies, berries, dry flowers, figs, honey. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Long warming finish. Surprisingly soft and mellow and drinks kind of easy. Deserves its place on the top list of barley wines.
NeoHippie2 (1068) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy amber pour with an off-white head. Big hops aromas with notes of dark fruits. Taste is hoppy upfront but as the beer warms up it mellows and the sweet malts come forward. Abv is well-hidden. Pretty good, I’m definitely interested to see how well this one ages.