kerenmk (2593) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at DSG’s 5555th rating tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Thanks Tom L. Murky amber. Nutty, wood, nutella, cake and then more wood in the nose. Chocolate, wood, sweet taste. Long finish, smooth and thick texture, full body.
DSG (6337) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at my 5555th rating tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Thanks Tom L. Murky dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, a bit of licorice, alcohol and a spicy note. Sweet flavor, caramelly, with dark fruits, some spiciness and alcohol. Medium-bodied, a bit over-carbonated.
gam (3346) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beige head medium soft carbonation dark pour aromas caramel toffee spice pepper vanilla dark fruits the flavours velvety caramel vanilla liquorice peppery notes candy mild bitter malts are smooth plums figs the finish best tastes spices malts fruits nicely flavoured Barleywine
Celest (135) - - JUN 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, big foam. Caramel, plums, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice, candy sugar, sweet but balanced well with dark malts. Strong complex taste, body full and soft. Probably old bottle. not a true barleywine, but label says ’’belgian’’, it’s a big quadrupel!
thewolf (11259) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, bought @ Bierhalle de Koninck, Vichte. Gusher. Pours murky brown with a small creamy beige film head. Aroma has raisins, caramel, light chocolate, mild liquorice. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has good caramel, cherries, liquorice, vinious, raisins, plums. Mild cherry tartness, good lingering viniousness.
KombatAle (121) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, beige foam. Nose of caramel, plum, dried figs, chocolate, brown and candy sugar, toffee, biscuits, licorice, nuts. Full body with a soft mouthfeel. Hints of toffee, caramel, dark fruits, plum, dried fruits, licorice, chocolaty biscuits, nuts, candy sugar. Long aftertaste. Not a real english or american barleywine, sure there is belgian yeast inside, so a belgian quad, but it doesn’t matter, complex and full of taste!
Benzai (8986) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home. Black color, full sized beige head that lasts for quite a long time. Smell and taste malts, sweetness, overripe fruits. A bit too sweet perhaps. Lively carbonation, ok body. Hmm imo it’s not a real good barley wine. Drinkable, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
Beerhunter111 (8385) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack röstmalzig, fruchtig, überreife Früchte, Karamell, alkoholisch.
ShivanDragon (1802) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
#bfgm14, caramelbruin met zwakke witte kraag goed kleverig.
Aroma van gist, zoet en moutig tevens iets weeïg.
Zeer zachte en gladde Barley wine, goed zoet en stevig alcoholisch
Afdronk zoetig, redelijke body, toch wat dun in de ondertonen
BlackHaddock (4144) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl Bottle picked up at De Bierboom (Brugge) about a year ago: opened at home on 3rd March 2014. Poured into a Westmalle challice.
The bottle had been in my fridge for over a month but it still gushed out when opened, with some hitting the table cloth before I got it over the glass.
Once settled I had a good looking chalice of deep ruby red/brown with a tanned foaming head on top.
The nose a lovely brown sugared infused maltiness with a dark hedgerow fruit hint, sweet, yet earthy.
Rich, heavy and alcoholic: this is one great beer. Certainly malty and dark fruit sweet in nature, it has a smooth and almost creamy body feel, velvet is a good word to use: this is a velvet brew. The earthiness mentioned in the smell also appears in the taste and this helps to balance the malty molasses that try to take over the taste completely.
I love these sort of brews: too sweet for their own good at times, but whether it’s a Barley Wine or a Quad, or whatever, it’s a damn good beer.