dslam (98) - surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This rating is for the Old Embalmer ’12. Poured from a 650 ml bottle. Clear amber color with good amount of white head. Has the basic aromas of a barley wine but a little toned down.
It’s not as heavy as the other barley wines, it’s a lot lighter. It has a little more bitterness since it doesn’t have the weight in its body to mask the alcohol content. I wonder if it would taste better if it was aged a little more
pictoman (828) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 1pint 6fl oz bottle [Old Embalmer ’12 - Jul 18/2012]. Clear amber with off-white-to-beige head. Light evergreen piney hops, subdued toffee and malt characteristics round out in the background. A little light and needs some more malt. Tastes almost a little too young like a banana that is a little too green (metaphorically, not literally).
reebtogi (5078) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours a lighter amber color with a finger of white head that leaves only a few spots of lacing behind. Aroma is dark fruits and caramel with some toasted grain notes and hops. Taste is a citrus hop bitterness with a dark fruity and grainy caramel malty sweetness. Medium to full bodied with generous carbonation for the style. A pretty well done barley wine, being aged for 2 years now probably helps smooth the rough edges I find on a lot of fresher barley wines. Good stuff!
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I het a sweet malty cranberry aroma from this hazy reddish brown brew with an off white head. The taste is very sweet with almost a brown sugary flavor and the of alcohol at the end. Suprisingly no burn with this 10.2. Very smooth. The after taste is fruity. This is a full bodied brew with good carb and worth a buy. For a barley wine it is exactly what i would expect. Pretty delicious
coachd (382) - Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one is a malt bomb with a slight appearance of hops at the end. Alcohol is well hidden. Very Drinkable for the ABV. I was just expecting more, bigger, bolder - it was kind of bland. The bottle was a year old; unlike most barleywines I have had, I was wishing for a fresher bottle. Won't be searching this one out again. There's just too many good barleywines out there.
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CloakedDagger (1338) - - DEC 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 65 cl. Vintage 2013, "Featuring X-431 Hops" - whatever that is. Pours amber with a slight haze and an off-white head. Oxidized biscuity malts in the nose and a honeyish touch. Rich body with lots of crystal malts but enough of hops for balance and a warming alcohol finish. Fairly solid US-style Barley Wine.
raphael (1062) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
what kind of candy is this, brandy candy, pineapple, brown sugar—another candidate for eau de fruit cake. Flavor is similar but not as intense—alcohol, pineapple, caramel. A little thin in the mouth. Great painted bottle for the anniversary.
Theydon_Bois (14326) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Widmer tap, PDX, 08/11/14.
Lightly hazed amber with a decent light beige covering.
Nose is sticky toffee pudding, dates, sweet notes, light nutty vibes, brown sugar.
Taste comprises toffee, trace of booze, spice, toffee, dates, figs, toasted brown sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Not the most complex but a well constructed barley wine.
Gerbeer (2573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle. Pours Amber with light head. Aromas of raisins, sweet fruit, toffee, and toasted malts. Flavors of toffee/brown sugar, light pine, fruit candy, and sweet malts. Easy drinker for a barley wine.
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glowing amber, very low carbonation. Fruity nose, smooth, vinous, dry palate. Not as sticky as most, but not as suitable for pairing with cheese or other food.