Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with a hint of ruby around the edges, small ring of head, jelly lacing. Aroma is sweet smoke malty and intoxicating but not overly strong. Palate is thick, as would be expected in something this malty and strong. Caramel, dark chocolate, vague fruits, almost too sweet but saved by an alcohol warmth and a well rounded hop resin. This is surely one to age, as good as it is allready.
arkurzynski (2392) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2017
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still hanging on...oxidation actually added complexity. Classic aged barley wine flavor with fading hops and fruity, tangy malt. A touch of toast in the finish.
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nothing like a 13 year old barley wine! Aroma is only slightly oxidized. Huge caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit. Tastes a little more stale and papery. Moderately sweet with loads of dark fruit. I bet I wouldíve loved this fresh. Still pretty good considering the age.
koleminer20 (3348) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a dark amber brown with a light tan head that falls down quickly with a couple spots of lace. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy. There is a good malt present but the hops are surprisingly strong. Good cherry and fruits. The flavor is excellent. There is a nice hoppiness and a strong fruit character. There is a light booze and and strong malt and caramel. The mouth feel is a little thin but well carbonated. There is a slick finish and it's quick fading. Good barley wine for sure
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mcberko (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige / tan head. Nose brings out rich notes of caramel, dark fruits and some light oxidation - which is no surprise given the age of this thing. Flavour is rich and deep, with loads of caramel, dark dried fruits, brown sugar, and alcohol. Extremely well-balanced, without any cloying sweetness. This is very bold and decadent. Not really any oxidation on this at all - very surprising, given this is 10+ years old! This sure has stood the test of time. Wonderful stuff.
abemorsten (3593) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle kindly shared by gunnar. Hazy deep ruby orange body with a light brown rim. Heavy honey and prune juice reduction on the nose. Smooth, fruity, salty. Thick, full bodied and alco warm. Long roasted raisin finish. K
gunnar (8882) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared bottle at local tasting, from my secret santa 2012. Pours cloudy dark brown with no head at all. Aroma is aged malty, cellar and dust. Smooth and soft mouthfeel. Taste is rich dark bitter chocolate. wood and old malts, prunes and raisins, nice one.
Holmen2 (3521) - NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, no head. Strong aroma of alcohol, prunes, dates and toffee. Similar taste. Rather overwhelming.
Sigmund (7315) - Tau, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Very dark brown colour, low tan head. Intense aroma of molasses and oak. Very sweet flavour, loads of molasses, alcohol and oak, some bitterness. Impressive, but not really my cup of tea.
Holmen1 (5700) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nest siste flaske pŚ dette RB-treffet, og hvilken lykke! Dette er bare lekkert pŚ alle mŚter, og med en linedansers eleganse. For mye av det gode kan fort bli guddommelig.
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Why didnít I save one more for my cellar??????????????????????????? Great barley wine.