Bamsen78 (4810) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Post-Easter Procrastination, Ulfborg. Pours hazy darkish amber with small off-white head. Clear aroma of malt and fruit, with notes of hops, touches of yeast and caramel. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt, with notes of vanilla and barrel and touches of hops. Sweetish aftertaste with bitterish notes. Well-balanced and pleasant.
Rasmus40 (16085) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy orange with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 100415
Sarpa (1288) - FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 65cl @ Konttori. ’12, bottled 18.7.2012. Pours clear copper, off white head. Sweet malty, molasses aroma. Smooth, some hops bitterness. Very drinkable.
olio (8810) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ Olutravintola Konttori. Bottled on 18.07.2012.
Pours clear copper color with a medium sized head. Pine needles and caramel on the nose, sweetish fruits, resin, the hops have vanished almond completely. Sweet orange and caramel malts on the flavor, some resinous hops, quite faint on the flavor too. Very smooth and quaffable, alcohol dangerously well hidden. Tasty.
Braudog (6198) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old Embalmer ’12, bottled 7/19/12. I’m tellin’ you, this Total Wine carries some old sh*t. I just bought it last week. But for once, an old beer on the shelf is a good thing. This has aged gracefully and is unbelievably smooth. This goes down devilishly delicious, without a high-alcohol burn, instead drinking like a finessed nightcap. (#5949, 3/27/2015)
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber with an off white head - Swwet malt aroma - Nice sweet malt body with hints of hops and bitterness - The sweet mlat goes into the finish with some alcohol heat as well - This was good
bartlebier (3217) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber pour@BKL ’15 München, FR. Atomic US barley wine style caramels, thinned out and recharged with citrus resins, vanilla and cassonade blonde. Tastes like refined white sugar, reduced with vanilla and grapefruit juice. Well done I guess, but the single-minded US barley wine to me always tastes like the soda of choice custom-tailored to brony alcoholics with a 7 year old’s sweet tooth. The lack of a living, breathing yeast profile in these clinically clean postmodern pieces of brew-engineering brings to mind an oldschooler’s adage: "There is a crack in everything / that’s where the light gets in". No crack here, seek redemption elsewhere - kids just wanna be precision-embalmed.
jandd1983 (3625) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle ’12. It poured a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma was of caramel, toffee and some hops. The taste was malt forward with hops, molasses, honey and brown sugar.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Sugar-smeared grapefruit dominate this hoppy Barley Wine’s lightly caramelized cereals, as delicate alcohol warmth and bitter resins seal each sip.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy pale red.
-This is not oxidized at all even though it is over 2 years old and doesn’t have a ton of specialty malts and residual sugars to camouflage the potential cardboard notes.
-This must have been intensely hoppy when fresh. More of a Imperial Red IPA than a classic Barley Wine.
-The grapefruit rind flavors are quite prominent.
Bottle. 2012 vintage.
brokensail (15271) - San Leandro, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Amber in color with a small, short lived white head. Sweet, malty nose of caramel and toffee. A little bit of citrus rind and orange marmalade. Flavor is really sweet and sugary. Lots of caramel, sweet tea, and dried flowers. A light bitterness on the finish. Meh.