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 (6334) - MontrÃ©al, Quebec, CANADA - 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 (5979) - 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 (19809) - 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. 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 (1578) - 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 (5731) - 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. Mad_Ferret (1028) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2017 Bottle vintage 2011 (6 years old).
Rated this fairly average when young. Boy was I wrong!
6 years old it's very elegant and smooth to drink with a nice malt sweetness of caramel and toffee with some fruitiness and even a refreshing citrus note. There's a perfect soft bitterness to finish it off. 50cl went down with ease.
Aroma is caramel and fruits and no major trace of oxidation.
Appearance is murky light brown with a nice tanned head. Carbonation is low but present.
Suprisingly good! If you have old bottles left you're in for a minor treat. 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 (7007) - 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!