Nordcore (2764) - Lyngen alps, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2021
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2021 Dark Amber with a minimal light brown head. Aroma of wooden barrels, dried fruits, sweet malt and some chocolate sense. Sweet with a warm wooden barrels, malt and dark fruits end. Nice nightcap. jsporrer (1751) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2021
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2021 2018 Vintage: Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Boozy sweet aroma. Medium body with oily lacing. Taste is sweet burnt caramel and toffee. Smooth with a warming sensation. Hides the alcohol well. Dark fruit and caramel aftertaste. Classic Barley wine. Enjoyable. maupie (2551) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2021
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2021 35.5cl fles. Troebel bruin kleur, fijne licht bruine schuimkraag. De geur is whisky en karamel. Smaak is zoet, kersen, whisky en vanille. Vol body en veel koolzuur. SinH4 (12899) - Garching bei München, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2020 Bottle. Clear deep ruby color with beige head. Aroma is raisins, wood, vanilla, oak, rather bitter. Taste is the same, very raisiny, thick vanilla. Oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Great Barleywine! Maris (2569) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2020 From a 355ml bottle on 20/12/2020 (2018 vintage, ABV listed as 12.5%, IBU, bottle baring number 007 - very Bond!). Pours a deep deep brown with a medium to big head. Has a distinctive, nose featuring Christmas cake, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, nutmeg, along with some quite strong and persistent oak and whisky notes. Tastes of dark chocolate and dark and dried fruit, caramel, toffee and fudge, with a modest to medium barrel aged booziness at the back. The mouthfeel is syrupy, the carbonation softish. Rich, complex and highly enjoyable, but not sufficiently inspiring to justify a revisit at around $25 a bottle.
EvNa (2640) - Ede, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2020 Bottle, vintage 2018. Color: Dark amber to copper, very thin beige head. Aroma: Sweet, Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dark dried fruit, hints of red fruit. Taste: Sirupy, dark dried fruit, dark cherries, sweet and sticky, malty, Bourbon, vanilla, toffee, chocolate and oak wood. Hints of coconut, nuts and citrus fruit. Some more lemon and orange zest when standing longer. Over medium sweet, moderate going to over moderate bitterness. Long lasting sticky and woody finish. Full body, below average carbonation. Quite sweet but very complex and well balanced. Nice winter warmer, slow sipping. thanatosti (3177) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 12, 2020
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2020 2018 vintage bottle @ Dennis and Patries.
Clear dark amber with a small off-white head. Caramel and bourbon aroma with some vanilla. Sweet taste with a complex medium bitter boozy finish. Nice one. mzaar (5801) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2020 Flaska, årgång 2018. Brunfärgad med röda inslag, ett medelstort beige skum. Dofter och smaker av vanilj, karamell, körsbärslikör, mörk choklad och trä. Alkoholen känns främst i eftersmaken. Oljig munkänsla. Medel mot stor kropp. PowY (3371) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 15, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2020 13.11.2020: 650 ml bottle at home, 13.5% ABV, vintage 2014, bought at bierlager.ch. Pours a hazy dark amber to copper with an unstable light beige head. The aroma is malty with sweet malt, toffee, dark rye bread, toasted bread, honey, almonds, raisins, dates, sweet Bourbon, vanilla and sweet oak. Full body with a very soft carbonation, a medium-heavy sweetness and a light to medium bitterness. The flavor starts with quiet some sweet malt, brown sugar, honey, caramel, wood, oak, Bourbon, candied nuts and Bourbon soak raisins. Finishes with some residual malty sweetness, honey, sweet and lightly spicy Bourbon, vanilla, some wood, some woody tartness and some alcohol. Overall a big and sweet Barley Wine with a good malt complexity and distinct notes of Bourbon and lots of wood in the flavor. The wood becomes a bit too dominant towards the finish.
Headbanger (4404) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2020
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2020 750 ml bottle '12 Vintage 11/1/20 (Binny's) 38° in Snifter. Pours brown with a small tan head and an aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and toffee. Taste of the same with a lot more sweetness and a little heat on the back end. This full bodied brew has held up fairly well over time and is well balnced and hits the spot on a chilly night.