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 (21214) - 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 (6036) - 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 (6193) - 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 (5897) - 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 (13687) - La Tropica/Doarp, 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!