doublebock (558) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Orange brown color with nary of layer of foam. Sweet malty caramel candy and apple aroma. Nice chewy maltiness layered with dark fruits and molasses. Picking up some nice brandy flavors. Finishes with a crisp hoppy bite that sits on the tongue for a while.
stefannilssons (1580) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012
Den här ölen har legat ca. 12 månader i min källare innan jag drack den. Och jag är helt övertygad om att dessa 12 månader har jobbat till ölens fördel. Det här är en mycket bra öl med en stabil kropp och en slät och välavrundad smak. Smaken präglas främst av jästen med en viss fruktiget, aprikos kanske? hayduke (5203) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 19, 2012
On draft at THE LOCAL Beer Bar in Eureka, CA. They sure get some amazing draft beers here and this is one of them. Came in the 10 oz glass a rich deep garnet color with a long lasting beige head and very stick lacing rings. Nose of rich caramel malts, with citrus and tropical fruit very apparent. The flavor is candy bar sweet with hits of chocolate and tropical fruit. The alcohol is well hidden and it finishes with the tropical fruit. No telling what might happen to bottles of this aged but on draft it is ready now and super delicious. Psykling (17) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2008
Head and aroma promises strenght and warmth - and the taste sure delivers! Just one complaint: why such big glasses when served on tap? Almost too much. Taste is all strength, warming alcohol, with a bit of zinging burnt malt, butterscotch and port. Palate is almost acid-like in contact with tongue, and yet again concentrated around the alcohol. Overall, alcohol plays a central role in this brew, as in most Barley Wines - but I must say that this is the most enjoyable I’ve had in a long time, despite it’s rawness. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 13, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 (Bottled) Clear, deep dark ruby color with a medium, firm and tanned head. Aroma of berries and strongly grainy maltiness. Flavor is sweetish and very grainy-malty, with berries and a touch of warming alcohol. Alcohol is well hidden. Full-bodied, but not sticky with low carbonation. Very nice, but not quite as awesome as the draught version @ EBF. But with strong cheeses, this must be a great beer!
(Draught, was 8-4-9-5-17=4.3) Opaque, dark orange-brown with a smallish, firm head. Strongly grainy, berryish, fruity, sweet aroma with a bit De Dolle -like yeastiness. The flavor is very similar to my memory of Stille Nacht, with very grainy, fruity maltiness, and lots of yeast. Very full-bodied, yet somewhat drinkable. A Nordic version of Stille Nacht, I like!
hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Mostly clear, dirty orange ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Decent retention. I absolutely love the aroma of this beer. No one else seems to smell what I smell, so I guess I’m the oddball. I’m really picking up lots of caramel, of course, but also bushels of tannic tree nut shells – mainly pecans and walnuts. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. The flavor provides gobs of sweet, sugary caramel and toffee and roasted nuts. Sweet, nutty, caramely finish. Thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this world class bottle of beer! betweenparties (4) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011 does not count
When handed a glass of the Djævlebryg Old Mephisto, I instantly saw the color of the drink. It was almost purple, but that could have been from the lighting at the bar I was in. Had a nice darker head on it. Took a big sniff and got more of a fruity earthy smell. took my first taste and was very surprised as this was my first Barley Wine experience. Very hearty, smooth, and wet drink. It surprised me because it didn’t have that kick that most drinks do with that much alcohol. Overall, the drink made my night and I was very fortunate to have a chance to try this. I would recommend this drink to anyone looking for that perfect blend of smooth, great taste, with little to no aftertaste. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 6, 2011
The pour is a translucent, deep garnet color with an average, beige, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves a bit of soapy lace rings. The nose is warming with rich caramel and toffee, vanilla, fruit cake, brandy-like sweetness, and hints of woodsy notes. The flavor is still quite sweet but balanced nicely with some bitter notes; still rich with toasted caramel, vanilla, and cake-like notes with vinous sherry notes, some raw oak, and some leafy bitterness. The moderate bitterness comes out more from the middle on from the oak and leafy notes with a light to moderate acidity. The palate is nearly full, slightly syrupy, chewy, and soft to lively. The beer finishes fairly long with the oak and leafy bitterness nearly balancing toasted caramel and faint sherry lingering. Maybe not the most complex BW I have tried but really the style I tend to enjoy; rich malt notes, a drinkable warmth, and a balancing bitterness. The palate worked well for me and the vinous-type notes kept the intrigue. Maybe not the prototypical type of the style but something I really liked. MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Caramel aroma mixed with subtle alcoholic notes. Pours red-brown with very nice tan head. Nice initial sweet malt flavor that dries out quickly leaving a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Very smooth with just hints of the alcohol. Nice dark caramel flavor really contributes to the smoothness. This is a very good example of what a barley wine should be. Very enjoyable. ekstedt (6773) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Hazy copper, medium tan head. Nutty, bisquity, and almondy malt aroma, with floral hops. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Semi sweet with a firm but very pleasant bitterness. Wonderful Barley Wine!