Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. Small head that fades to a thin lace very quickly. Aroma of caramel, spice, ripe dark fruit, and a slight hint of toast. Full bodied flavor of dark bread, dark fruit, floral, herb/spice, malt. Foamy mouthfeel with noticable alcahol. A mild dry, syrupy finish, with a oak note.
Although drinkable, It is a different barley wine than I have had before. While drinking it I had to keep reminding myself that it was barley wine and not a american strong ale. I look at the ingedients on the bottle and no barley. I look into the Traquair website and it is not referred to as barley wine. So I don’t know what this stuff is as far as a "style", it is drinkable, but nothing special.
Nisse666 (5792) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
999# rating (RB), 2010-09-10, Göteborg
AR: the aroma is wee but destictive of red fruits (cheeries, red grapes), spiced choclolate and some vanilla tones
The liquid is oily when pored and the aroma is more "sharp"
AP: high froty beige head that slowly diminishes leaving wee curtains, colour of body is dark ruby red.
F: oily, vinos a bit sharp but well balanced - will be rounder after ageing a couple of years, great bitterness, cherries, red grapes, chocolate (like a chocolate praline filled with cherry in port wine), a bit sprity.
Conclusion: a great scottish hand crafted barley wine, thx!
holdan (260) - USA - SEP 9, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark amber with nice head. Aroma roasted, malt, dark fruits. Taste roasted, malty, sweet dark fruits, licorice. Body full, text smooth and thick, alcohol well hidden, finish with bitter coffee.
ekstedt (6315) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (33 cl) from systembolaget. Dark reddish brown, medium creamy beige head. Nutty, almondy, and caramelly malt aroma with dried fruits and a lot of floral and herbal hops. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Dry with a nice, soft, lingering bitterness. A slightly different barley wine with more dark molasses maltiness. Very nice.
finol (2842) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a shortlasting tan head.
Vinous with a taste of dark friuts, red currants and chocolate.
jongo (85) - Stockholm, Sweden, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Latte colored thick foam. Brown and hazy color. Smell of sweet figs, cinnamon, raisins and alcohol. Taste is alcohol, caramell sweetness, figs and a hint of red berrries. Medium mouthfeel with an earthy bitter aftertaste. Not done yet. Needs cellering, now it´s to much alcohol taste.
LoFi (1702) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Very dark brown/red with a beige head that disappears quickly. Aroma of port wine with quite a bit of alcohol. Tastes of licorice, port, dried fruits, caramel. Sweet with a full mouthfeel and warming alcohol.
hirigalzkar (2723) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a thick off white head. Some lacing. The aroma is sweet of dried fruit, port and burned caramel. The taste has a rich malt profile, it’’s sweet like chocolate and grain, a little smokey with hints of some vegtables. The aftertaste is not as sweet, in fact it’s rather laid back with some saltiness to it. The texture is a little sticky, but not over the top. "Stable and serious" I think this will be a world class beer after some years in the cellar!.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet, thick caramel on the aroma along with... well, it’s like port with caramel. Dark, full malts with caramel in the mouth, shifting to dark, dried fruit. Falters a bit after that, bit of hop bitterness but thins out.
TEJA (2048) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Systembolaget, Sweden.
Malty aroma almost like a maltextract with fine oak notes and some Sherry and but this will improve and get eaven better with time. High brown foam that slowly goes down to a lasting thin lace that stays. Deep dark red color and perfectly clear (as far as my old eyes could see through such a dark ale). Big malty taste with big body and aged sherry. A litle bit young still and will improve with a year or 10 in the celler. I’m going back for a couple of more bottles for storing. At 4 € a bottle this is a bargin.