Leighton (19850) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Hop Swap - Cock Tavern. Pours clear orange-gold with a creamy head. Toasted crackery malts in the nose, some aged citrus peel, faded pine. Medium to heavy sweet flavour with some leathery berries, oily pine. Medium to full bodied, with average carbonation. Lightly warming in the finish, fairly resinous and oily, with more berries, crackers, light toasted malts, grains, caramel. Enjoyable though simplistic.
MayumiH (1177) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2017
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Deep amber with a frothy head. A full-bodied beer with notes of rich dark-fruit, vanilla and caramel. Flavourful. Really lovely stuff.
ClarkVV (6214) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught on 11/28/16.
Amber, clear, with a beige head atop showing moderate retention.
Very malty and estery, though not messily so. No more alcohol than one would expect for its size. Clean. Little/no hop character, perhaps some grass and herbs, light marmalade.
Malty but well-attenuated with moderate carbonation, plentiful fruitiness from the yeast and a good amount of breadiness adding malt depth without any hardness. A good barleywine, even if that’s a bit of an oxymoron.
Marstonlad (814) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a beer shop in Tallinn. Pours brown with a big frothy head. The aroma features varied ripe fruitiness, toffee, caramel and berries. Taste is medium sweet at first, later acquiring fairly much bitterness and hoppiness; similar to American style barley wines. The initial sweet maltiness contains caramel and fudge; later flavours include ripe fruitiness, berries and piney hoppiness. Sherry-like warming impression. Rich, fairly intense taste but also quite well in balance. The palate is medium to full bodied, low in carbonation and smooth in texture. My kind of barley wine: varied set of flavours and sweetness is countered - and contained - by strong hoppiness.
tarmok (1342) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber liquid with small head. Aroma of hay liqeur. Goat weed, caramel. Full body, long fin
Rask0lnikov (1001) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber colour. Medium white head. Toffee, caramel, hints od berries, some sourness in the aroma. Grassy, bitter, caramelly beginning. Quite alcoholy in the middle. Hints of whiskey in the end. Burnt caramel in aftertaste. Also some alcohol. Makes the throat warm. Rather heavy bodied, medium carbonated, still young barley wine. Not balanced yet. Quite drinkable. Interesting to to try the 2015 edition after a year.
Unde (974) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber colour with beige nice fluffy head on top which leaves beautiful lacing to the sides of the glass. Beautiful beer! Aroma has caramel malts, pines and grapefruit hops, cookie, syrup. Taste has lots of sweet caramel malts, pine hops, some dried fruits and syrup. Nice bitter ending. Warming alcohol is there but it isn’t overwhelming. Full texture and medium carbonation.
Renobob (1917) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Couleur ambrée rouge, trouble. Fine mousse blanche. Nez prune, tonneau. Palais fin, pointe sucrée au début avec fruits noirs puis grosse amertume épaisse. Pointe fumée. Finale longue, amere, acide boisée.
c0fein (593) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 14, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Uba ja Humal, Tallinn
Dark amber colour with a white head. Malty, berries, alcohol, caramel, some fruits. OK.
Kauge (1749) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. BB 21.10.2025. Pours very dark amber, unclear with loads of bits floating. Head’s creamy, retains rather well. The aroma is malty with a herbal and spicy side. Soapy. Boggy. Gets jammier, marmeladier (inventing words) in the end. Tastes sweet, some bitter sourness of bog berries, and again a bit soapy (labrador tea? (sookail)). Interesting. Not saying the 10% shows, but it is warm of the alcohol. Texture and carbonation soft. I liked it at first, but it soon became aggressive - too herby and a bit harsh... It’s different from all other Barley Wines I’ve had. Not a big fan... Yet I do find it intriguing. I’m sure time will make it better - would be fun to try it close to its BB (fat chance though).