Werckmeister (2067) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 29, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,66l bottle at home shared by Saeglopur, big thanks. Vintage 2013, no obvious BB date. copper hazy color, small off-white head. smells light veggies, spices, light wood, grass, tobacco, some pines. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes again light veggies, spices, grass, tobacco, oranges, pines, alcohol, herbs, marzipan, nuts, almonds, finishes with alcohol and oranges and some herbal bitter notes. decent, a bit underwhelming, has some veggie notes, not too distracting, but apparent. overall quite good beer but the other ratings would suggest better, a bit boozy.
Kavu (4024) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,65l bottle (2013) shared by Saeglopur @ Werckmeister?s place. Pours cloudy copper with a low off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, dark fruits, alcohol and loads of hops. Good, not quite great.
ZacM612 (556) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle. Deep copper color, slight haze. Light orangish head that dissipates fairly quickly. Dark fruit aroma, with a hint of booze. Smooth, sweet flavor. Warming feel. Well done.
altonbrownd (5516) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Brussels. Nice red amber body with slight head. Nose of caramel, malts, toasty, fruits. Taste fruits, toasty, pines and bitter. Quite a lot of hops. Really nice warming finish. Well done.
Bulk_Carrier (3632) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy dark amber to brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than about forty seconds. Lacing was gripping nicely to the glass.
The smell started off with a sharp sweet citrus rolling over tobacco notes and a light sticky caramel and slight toffee.
The flavor was semi-sweet with a strong sticky dry tobacco to caramel maltiness running into slight toffee tones. A dry caramel to toasty toffee aftertaste leads to a quick dry sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs really low key allowing the "tobacco" to harsh toffee tones to be the bitter balance that runs the gamut on my tongue.
Overall, this was a really nice American Barleywine that I would have again.
SG111 (1228) - New York, USA - AUG 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. 2013 vintage. Pours sort of murky bronze copper, off-white head. Really nice. Aroma is figs, raisins, definitely get some of that citrus hop character which has been subdued by that age. The booze and heat is there. Some slight oak, and some toffee and malt. Flavor is toffee, some fig (or maybe raisin), honey, little bit of orange and lemon peel, a delayed citrus hop finish. Really exactly what you’d expect from a Victory Barleywine with 2 years on it. Lots of good hop character, but it’s subdued so quite a good amount of malt presence w/o delving into the style of an English Barleywine.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2011, thanks to Tim! Appearance is dark brown with light white head. Aroma is figs, brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is light bitterness, brown sugar, and butterscotch. Solid barley wine
ajnepple (4994) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. 22 oz bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Deep amber appearance with a lingering head. Aroma of bitter hops, caramel, toffee, light fruity esters and touch of alcohol and resin. Heavy, almost harsh bitterness at first that smooths out as it warms. Full body. Much better after it warms up a bit.
BeerRenter76 (725) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy reddish brown color with a small yet dense light khaki head that reduces to a thin cap that leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, prune, apple, molasses, brown sugar, toast, leather, floral, pine, and earth. Taste mirrors the aroma with a slight earthy pine bitterness on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with a creamy, fairly slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a excellent barleywine. Great balance and complexity of malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BrewDog shepherd Bush. Pours cloudy glowing amber with a fine, yellowish head. Dark fruits, raisins, nuts nose. More fruits in the mouth, good bitter balance, ending on a dry note. A great barley wine.