rafax (411) - POLAND - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle. Dark chestnut with ruby sparklings, little bit hazy and completely flat. Strong and solid aromas of figs, raisins and vin santo with significant notes of wood, vanilla, dark sugar and a bit of caramel. Complex and changing while warming. Thick syrup, full body with oily and sticky mouthfeel. Sweet start balanced with slightly alcohol spicy and warming finish. Anyway well balanced and dangerously drinkable. F**king good but also expensive. dorain (652) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 15, 2017
Aus der Flasche (Version 2011) im 2017-08 getrunken. Die superfette, likörartige Barley Wine hat nichts mehr mit Bier gemein. Hier triffen Aromen von Met auf Pedro Ximenez Sherry wodurch man dieses Barley Wine nur in kleinen Schlückchen genießen kann. "Genießen" ist hier ganz klar das richtige Stichwort. Ein beeindruckendes Gesöff. fkoolen (1337) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2017 Taster 2013 'Gold' ed. @ Baladin, Bologna. Beautiful dark, reddish chestnut colour, no head, no carbonation. Drinks like an old porto or dessert wine with muscat grapes, figs, raisins, hazelnut, vanilla, toffee. Nicely lingering aftertaste, sweet and syrupy. Huge body, very soft mouthfeel.alex_leit (5156) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 24, 2017
Earlier Rating: 7/31/2017 Total Score: 4.6
Taster 2013 ed. @ Baladin, Bologna. Beautiful dark, reddish chestnut colour, no head, no carbonation. Drinks like an old porto or dessert wine with muscat grapes, figs, raisins, hazelnut, vanilla, toffee. Nicely lingering aftertaste, sweet and syrupy. Huge body, very soft mouthfeel.
Bottle. 2012. Amber color. Very good and rich aroma: just great sweet sherry, raisins, dried fruits, toasted bread. Taste: sweet, raisins, sherry or madera, a little vanilla and bourbon, dessert wine, powerful and very tasty. bonev (967) - POLAND - JUL 19, 2017
Rocznik 2013: Kolor do dosc ciemny bursztyn z mala iloscia piany. Aromat drewna, figi i miodu. Gesty slodki syrop bardzo intensywny w smaku z odrobina alkoholu. Jest karmel i ciemny cukier w polaczeniu z suszonymi rodzynkami. Wszystkie zmysly szaleja i ciezko uwierzyc jak to wszystko jest pyszne i dobrze ulozone.
HogTownHarry (7066) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - JUL 15, 2017
June 11, 2014 - at Mondiale 2014 - expensive bottle sample. As "Golden label." Thick cloudy amber-brown pour, no head, but huge legs. Aroma is port - oak, sweet roast malt, alcohol, nutmeat, stewed prunes, fig, roast chestnut - lovely stuff. Taste follows, but mesmerizing - one of the best things I have ever tasted - just full-on nutty port (I got a second pour); not weak! Thick, slick, syrupy - sweet nutty/chestnut tart finish - top, top beer. Oakes (18873) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2017
Flat and amber, touch of haze. Really beautiful aroma, rich rich malt syrup, super sweet on the palate, but there is a touch of alcohol and no shortage of woodiness. The woodiness lends almost an austerity to this that is completely at odds with the sweetness but both characteristics are so nice that it works anyway.
mcberko (18999) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2017
Bottle sampled at PIB 2017, pours a murky dark amber chestnut brown with no head. Nose brings out lots of caramel, toffee and toasted bready notes. Flavour is extremely sweet, with tons of cloyingly sweet caramel, followed by toffee, brown sugar and a little wood. Exceedingly sweet, yet very complex. Definitely overhyped and overpriced, but it’s quite nice. Tide (4375) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 24, 2017
Bottle from a friend. Deep copper color, minimal white head. Sweet taste with dried fruits, toffee, resin, alcohol, raisins, grape and a bit of pine. Sweet finish with dried fruits, toffee, resin, pine, raisins, rum, wood and grape. Exquisite barley wine. CraftBeerNick (2831) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2017
2013 Bottle at lambiczoom, Milano, 2nd May 17. Pours copper in colour, no head. Aroma is dates, fig, dark fruit, barrel and booze. Taste is caramel, dates, soaked fruit, liquor, barrel, soaked wood. Rich, slick palate. Fantastic barley wine, not too sweet, way out there.