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.
RB1 (117) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
11.2 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Gilbert, AZ. Pours dark reddish-copper color, with creamy off-white head, and abundant carbonation. Aroma is complex with vanilla, malt, and some dark fruit. Taste is well balanced, sweet caramel malt and toffee. Full bodied, rich and syrupy. Very little hop flavor. Finish is somewhat bitter, but nicely bitter. This one is silky smooth and boozy- - a great ale!
jongo (82) - 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.
grungejesus (51) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
caramel, raisin, amber, clear, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,
Fantastisk öl! Komplex och fyllig. Inte alls särskillt spritig trots sin ABV. Lättdrucken. God till ost.
GreggK25 (26) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep ruby red with minimal off white head. Nose is molasses, chocolate, caramel, port wine and a hint of earthiness as well as coffee. Tastes like chocolate, butterscotch, coffee, port and dark roast and caramel malts. Interesting palate with a slightly oily texture and a borderline medium/full body with a really rich, sweet, warm finish that hangs around for longer than expected. Needs to age a bit before I revisit this one. May be a little too sticky for drinking this soon.
DConn007 (22) - - APR 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark roasted brown color with a medium sized tan head. There is a strong aroma that reminds me of a brown ale. There is a smooth and easy scotch flavor on the front with a very smooth and sweet finish with a hint of raisins.
PBEMichaud (11) - CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brun opaque. Nez guimauve, chocolat avec un peu de réglisse. Saveurs de top de crème brûlée et de fève de cacao. Superbe équilibre entre le sucre, la faible acidité et l?effervescence entre délicate et modérée. Rondeur exemplaire en bouche. Bouteille, 2014/07/16.