AndrewsCheese (10) - Santa Monica, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
I agree with the general assessment of this beer. I don’t think it’s really a good example of the prototypical style of English Bitter or Barley Wine. Whatever you want to call it though, it’s one of the best I’ve ever had! This is what I want out of a cold weather beer. Strong, malty, deep, not too bitter. Beautiful aromas of brown butter and caramel and the taste is fantastically balanced. It might not fit neatly into any category, but you need to be drinking this. I am continually impressed by this brewery. TorbenJensen (1528) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2015
Foam is great in this barley. Normally, the alcohol frother strong barley not as much and not as long as it is the case with this. I see it, however, as a positive sign, since the foam helps keep the fragrance and flavors awaits.
The aroma is vinous, very caramel and a little hop. The taste is very composed of fruit, as it is very hard to put on fruit names. In addition, it has a clear taste of caramel malt and hop bitterness that is surprisingly rich in relation to the beer-type. It has a sweetness that is a little reminiscent candy, but its great taste adds the natural acidity facing a perfect balance to its many other flavors. It has a large thermal alcoholic flavor, but because of the high hop bitterness will never penetrating the alcohol. It is certainly one barley that will be very different after long term storage, but even as a young barley it has a great character quality. It’s damn nice ... MagisterLudi (11) - Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2009 Uncompromising. The taste strikes the fine balance between bitter rottenness and drinkability. A proper barley wine with lots of good stuff on the bottom of the bottle. onceblind (9676) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2016
Just slightly hazy deep copper/Amber with a thin sticky light tan head. Some delightful stone fruit (cherry, date, raisin, a touch of white grape and orange zest), a little booze, and a caramel-ish, boozy sweetness. Full rich flavor that’s a little boozy and warm, fruity, citrusy, citrus zesty bitterness with a little bit of floral resin, and a nutty/caramalt and amber malt on the warm, softly fruity and slightly bitter finish. Really amazing. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2008
Dark amber of color with a orange head. An aroma of dark fruits, liqurice, port notes, pines, chocolate and caramel. Very nice aroma! A flavor of pines, caramel, chocolate, raisins, malty and hops.
drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2011
I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge before opening. Poured with a nice, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy, light tan head that soon settled to a light cover and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy brown amber. Aroma is dark ripe fruit, malt, caramel, toffee, fresh baked black bread. Flavor is bittersweet and like the nose. Body is full and soft with light carbonation. Finish is like flavor with a lingering bitterness. Don’t notice any alcohol. Great for sipping but not session. soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Very quality beer. Rich aroma of plum, dark fruit, bubblegum-esque. Taste like the aroma, sweet caramel dark fruit -- English barley wine-esque. But unlike most English barley wines this one has some dark malt/hop backbone that provides a bit of bitterness to round the taste. I really like this beer. Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Le liquide pourrait paraître grossier mais la façade de cassonade et de caramel est extrêmement bien ficelé. L’alcool est imperceptible, son corps est gracieux mais riche et le spectre des sucres est impressionnant. Voilà un barleywine loin de la corruption Américaine. JulienHuxley (5809) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2011
On tap at Local option. Aroma: A nice mix of honey, smoke malt and a discrete hop presence. Appearance: Dark copper-red pour with abundant white foam and heavy lacing. Flavor: Malt bomb, rich brown sugar sweetness and smoke wood. Palate: Full bodied and med-low carbonation. Exactly how a barleywine should be. mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2012
500mL bottle, pours a murky dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits (raisins, grapes, black currants), caramel and toffee, and candied sugar. Flavour is extremely well-balanced, with tons of dark fruits as aforementioned, caramel malts, toffee, decent hop character, some coffee, a bit vinous (red wine) and slight sweetness. This should be rated higher than it is. Excellent depth and design on this.