mt_hall (70) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Clear dark brown with a very small, short-lived light brown head. A sweet, malty, fruity nose. Very smooth, with a sweet start and a drier, hoppy finish. Hides the high alcohol behind complex and well balanced flavours. Excellent.
JoeZasada (275) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours a dark clear red ale with a thin white head. Thin maltish aroma. Taste: lots of malts, kind of beady, some caramel, with a moderate hop bitterness, notes of spruce. Very full-bodied, almost thick. Finishes with a woody bitterness. Pretty good...
joe19612 (1609) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ASDA Biggleswade. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, plenty of alchol in the aroma, the taste is sweet (burnt sugar) at first, then has a dry finish.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at GBBF, 2012. Copper coloured pour with a white head. Baked apple and pear aroma. Flavours of stewed apple, yellow melon and barley sugar. Sweet finish. Not as good as I hoped.
blackmetal (110) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Abnormally strong and sharp ale for an English. Syrop and hops come in a little during the aftertaste.
mnurda (1049) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled sample from Calgary airport. Brown in colour. Did not realize hat this was a barley wine. Bit on the light side but enjoyable. Wrong food pairing though
DuffMan (5793) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Lovely ruby colour, but the head is gone in moments. Aroma is sweet, lots of brown sugar, dark raisins, hints of spices. Flavours are toasty, burnt sugars, dark raisins, red licorice. Not quite burly enough to be a BW, but as an English strong ale it is pretty dope.
thehead92 (33) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer has a great story it is very dark, ruby brown with a thin but clingy head. Big roasted malts, light fruity hops and a little chocolate/caramel.
A nice strong ale, very smooth finish.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the Ely Winter Beer Festival, 2012. Pours a dark brown colour with a fair light tan head. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is quite prominent.
EdKing (1556) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2011
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from Tring Brewery. Clear reddish brown colour, no head. There’s bubbles in the bottle but no carbonation detectable in taste. Nose is caramel, alcohol, sweet barley. Taste is flat-ish and dull, there’s caramel and sweetness and touch of bitterness but little else. I expect a strong ale to have way more flavour than this.