jonno (2878) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2009
A good sharp kick in the bollocks of a brew. 2009 real ale version. A heady nose of apricot and sweet fruits. Big ,burly taste on the palate and a nice warming finish. Well surprised by the quality of this one even though barley wines tend not to be my favourite. douglas88 (9569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bomber thanks to Mari and Stephen for bringing this over from Japan. Pours a dark brown/red color with a large beige head. The aroma is very sweet caramel candy. A super smooth flavor if rich grains and massive caramel and candy sweetness. Earthy hops. Very tea-like. In between a hopppy American BW and a sweet English version. Quite likable. Very easy to drink. Nice. Sledutah (7788) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks! gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2011
Appearance: Poured hazy amber with a nice off-white head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Caramel, candy, sweet malts
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Candy, brown sugar
Very nice barley wine, the alcohols are hidden
Small head murky dark amber pour aromas caramel honey toffee brown sugar port raisin earthyness flavours rich fruity dried plums raisins sultanas port wine smooth bitter medium ibu toffee brown sugar caramel smooth vanilla pod touch earthyness finish hoppy tastes rich and sweet malts smooth flavours lasting bitter agood model for a barleywine shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 Tap at the Watering Hole. Murky dark orange amber colour, not much head. Aroma is double ipa style, booziness and hops. Spicy malty too.
Taste is full on, sweet, boozy, bit caramel, touch of citrus. Quite weird, but alright. Seems more like a big iipa than a barley wine. Lots of booze, maybe too obvious, almost spirit-like in the finish. Not bad, but probably won’t rush to have it again. Rerate on tap at Pump. More fruity than last time. Can still feel the booze. Maybe still lacking a spark for me but deserves a higher score this time. Raisins, orange, booze. Nice.
FatPhil (16891) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
Tap (Hopner, Tallinn, meet the brewer tap takeover)Marduk (8206) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2015
Nice bitter hop aroma. Nice red, carbonation moderate. Viscosity remarkably low, but that’s good in the palate, it’s quite light for an 11% brew. Lovely malty body, but huge bitter hop component too. Absolutely lovely barley wine, covers the alcohol brilliantly. Finish has pleasant tingly bitterness. Good one.
Tap. Cloudy dark amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Diacetyl, sharp sourness (both disappear later), prunes, raisins, sweet notes in aroma. Plums, raisins, sweet, bready, caramel in taste. Caramel and raisins in aftertaste. Very soft carbonation. No alcohol detected, but feel of it is there. Nice balanced bitterness. World class brew! GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 7, 2015
Pours a cloudy burnt orange with no head. Aromas are spicy and herbaceous with hints of dried fruits like raisins, prunes, and currants. Flavours are well melded and at once sweet and savoury. Candy sugar, dried fruits, porridge grains, cardamom, alcohol, white pepper, and honey all make an appearance but are too polite to speak too loudly or out of turn. A short finish with a mild lingering astringency is all that remains to remind you of your last sip. GenkiGonzo (1092) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle from Yamaoka. Dirty rusty pour with almost no head. Dark fruit and caramel malt aroma. Pretty sweet with the alcohol coming through. explosivedog (1504) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2017
360ml bottle (2013 version @ 10%). Pours dark brown without head. Caramel, toffee, raisins, candied orange, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, vanilla. Very sweet, not much attempt at balance, but all the better for it.