kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 21, 2012
Deep read. Short head. Smells hops and sweet. Taste is sour sweet caramel, and belgium style big. Aroma is complex, so complex that I have troubles to begin how to start describing this. There are fruits of garden, sourness of east european plumbs... uh, oh. The best barley wine I have had in my lifetime, and I have difficulty to imaging I will ever have anything better. fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam, bb 13.1.2013thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2015
Cloudy amber color; small head, but persistent. The aroma is full and malty, with light fudge, very Thomas Hardy’s like; later there is a very light cheesy impression. Full bodied barley wine, with very good malt flavor, some fudge, rich, sweet, round; light nutty touch; the bitterness is quite elevated, surely balanced; and the warming alcohol is a pleasant complement.
A bit more American than the classic Thomas Hardy’s Ale, more intriguing than all the American hop monsters.
Bottle at ’t Arendsnest. Cloudy brown with almost no head. Intense raisins and nutty aromas. Molasses, raisins, nuts, chocolate flavours. Dry finish. Delicious. erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - OCT 30, 2012
Glowing red body and very hazy, with bubbly active beige head. Nice hop forward barley wine aroma, with rich resin like hop profile and sweet humous malts. Refreshing and powerful over sticky and dark. Smooth carbonation that needs its malt base to counter all those modern hops to end up with a full body feel. More an American/Danish than an English/dessert barley wine. Very flavourful and much more easily drinkable and fresh than expected from the 12%. Dangerously so! Not because it’s watery or low profile, but because its smooth and exciting with enough bitterness. Great brew. (33cl bottle, thanks John!) Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle @ ABCBeers, Dean’s scared of beer tasting. Hazy copper pour, thin off-white head. Aroma is spicy malts, loads of caramel, sugary malts. Flavor is spicy sugary malts with a huge body. Impressive and well brewed. Made for sipping, but could sip the whole night.
DutchDrebus (5960) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle thx to joes. Hazy orange to red, very small head, cant get it to build up some foam. Smells hoppy, sweet, strawberry, deep and round. Tastes syruppy, sweet, fruity, grapes, hops and fresh. Quite a unique taste. Very nice. Thick, medium body, low to no carbo. altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle from Bierkoning. Muted red amber body with slight head. Nose is hops, honey, citrus and alcohol. Taste is barley up front, that morphs into hops, really well done. Syrupy and creamy texture. Bitter and hoppy in the finish. A real delight. High ABV is well-muted in my opinion. Enjoy! bierkoning (13300) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber color. Dried figs and grassy hops in the aroma. Sweet flavor, malty with dried figs, grassy and citric hops and partly hidden alcohol. Full bodied, thick on the tongue. How they manage to get such a big hop flavor in a barley wine with only 56 EBU. Delicious! PhillyCraft (7117) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Sample courtesy of Kermis at Arendsnest. This beer was an hommage to a regular at the bar that passed away. Hazy amber pour with small to off white head. Notes of toffee, hops, cherries, spice, and light cocoa. Very hoppy barleywine, reminds me of an American style Sticky mouthfeel with a medium to fuller body. This one-off was very solid. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2013
Vanilla yellow colored minimal and airy foamy head. Changes quick in some bubbles on top of a hazy ruby red colored beer.
Aromas of raisin, barleys, oatmeal, dogfood, some light and creamy spices, some hops and a hint of someone who has been to a festival without washing him/her-self for a couple of days...
Flavours of barleys, cream, spices, rye, hint of alcohol, warmth, alcoholic and sticky peach, malts, peach, mango, some pepper, some bitters, herbs and yeast.
Aftertaste sticky, warm, barley malts, light floral and bitter.
Low to no carbo, silky mouthfeel, more full than medium body and a creamy oily texture.
With a bit of air and time it seems to get better and better. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and this pretty easy drinkable.