aenima (318) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very balanced beer. 2009 release. Some citrus in the aroma with light caramel. Taste is in some way complex. A lot of different caramel notes. Low carbonation.
PehrArnold (6) - SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
En fantastisk barley wine med en fantastisk komplexitet dessa 12% känns inte alls, gött.
Chudwick (2475) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft while in line for DL. Hoppy barley wine. Decent and tasty. Words words
tderoeck (6464) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/IV/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, 2008 vintage (2014-342) Thanks to Adam Jackson for the bottle!
Saved it for my 100th Barley Wine rating, was not disappointed! :-)
Clear orange beer, creamy off-white head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: sweet, orange peel, floral, some dried fruits, sugary. MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: sweet sugary start, very fruity, citrus, dried fruits, bit of honey, little bitter. Aftertaste: honey, sugary touch, floral, nice piny bitterness, citrus, some vanilla.
ineedbeer (1252) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle with purple/lavender wax. 2011?
Aroma is full of caramel notes with some toasted bread, toffee and a light roast character. Some burnt sugar and hints of honey. Light citrus and pine hoppiness, but the hops have mostly faded. Light alcohol spice.
Pours a somewhat cloudy, copper and amber with a small tan head that quickly disappears. Faint lacing and long legs.
Flavor has a moderate sweetness with lots of caramel and toffee. Some light treacle notes. Moderate toasted bread and nuttiness. Hints of roast and smoke. Moderate bitterness with light citrus and pine resin; again the hops have really faded. Light honey notes in the finish along with hints of alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall a really nice barleywine that has asked really well. I like the way the malt character had integrated and the heart had faded. I’m not a fan of super hoppy barleywines so the she had helped in that way too. Oxidation is only showing hints of honey.
burg326 (4719) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What more can i say than what the others have said, this should be the base line for all barley wines, solid overall. Nice caramel, toffee flavors, not overly sweet, a little booze thrown in, not overly boozy, solid barley wine.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2014 Served: 22 oz bottle
Vintage: 2013 Blue Wax Cap
Look: pours a cloudy dark amber. Little to no head off white
Smell: sweet. Fruity. Cherries. Strawberries.
Taste: heavy alcohol.
Feel: good carbonation leaves a thick film like an IPA.
Overall: good beer. Very hoppy. Like the
First drank: 6/14/14 Jenna's graduation.
Jaysbeers (85) - - APR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (blue wax) to glass. A deep amber color. Smells like a hoppy 3F beer. A full mouth feel, and balanced taste. At the very end, a slight raisin sweetness. Nice!
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Lothore (597) - California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A- Pours a deep orange huen with a nice, frothy head.
S- Sweet, light fruit, molasses, hints of date.
T- Lots of malt, starts off with deep brown sugar and raisin and moves to a huge hop back end that is very bitter and has a bit of an alcohol burn.
M- Thick with medium carb.
D- This could certainly use some aging but I liked it a lot. The look kind of threw me off but it really comes together.
CheersMate (1315) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Riley’s Wines of the World in downtown Madison. This has been sitting in my pantry for some time, and I was waiting for a special occasion to drink it, but fuck that. This poured out leathery brown in color. It had a huge caramel malt bouquet, with a subdued pine hop aroma. A pungent booze aroma leaped out, and made this nearly cloying. Sometimes, too much of something is not a good thing. The flavor was more of the same - booze, caramel malt, pine hop. Rather messy, in my opinion. It seems as though it’s just trying to be bold, and big, without being harmonized. I’m glad to have finally tried this, but I can’t say that this stood out as one of the top barley wines I’ve ever tried. It had the texture and appearance of a great barley wine, however.