daje (4554) - NORWAY - SEP 2, 2012
Bottle from Vika. Amber body, tiny beige head. Aroma of caramel, alcohol and wood. Sweet taste of sugar, hops, more alcohol. Warm finish. deanso (10354) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - AUG 27, 2012
33cl bottle from ABCBeers.
Ok white head. Clear amber pour. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Much better than the normal barley wine. A great brew! Palme (4902) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2012
0.33l bottle that pours a blurry deep ruby red body that has a small quickly sidesticking off-white head. On the aroma this is sweet with dried red fruits like strawberries and red currants. There is also tones of both alcohol and sweet malts. The flavor is light alcoholic, a bit stingy, lot’s of malts, bitter with lots of caramel. It has a soft to average carbonation level with a light sticky full-bodied texture. It somehow feels a bit raw and young perhaps. Sweet and bitter - almost on the border of being soapy- and mouthdrying bitter. Yeah, it might could have some some potential if it’s stored away for a decade, but I highly doubt I will be doing that. Not bad in any way, but had hoped for a little more. 07.07.2012 lelisboa (62) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2012
Well, you know when you pay too much for a beer and expect it worths it? It didn’t happen to me. Too expectation...
Aroma: is lovely sweet, caramel, toffee and roasted malts. Later I realised that this was the best this brew offered me.
It was poured down into a good wine glass. I have not got a sniffer. Dark amber-brown color. It hardly kept the head. Lots of white yeast points in there.
The taste is caramel, some complexity I did not get it. Medium body. Yes, it tastes sweet at the outset and then finishes with a very strange super-astringent-bitter-hoppy explosion that keeps stucked on the back of your mouth (for too long). Well, it just seems incoherent for me. It is not pleasant, or soft, or smoothy. It’s agressive and rough.
Probably the problem was my own expectation.
alfhansen (35) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2012
33 cl bottle at home. Saved this for International Beer Day, and this one certainly did not dissapoint. Very heavy biscuity and dried fruit aroma also a bit of citrus. Nice caramel and biscuit flavour, very complex and does a good job concealing it’s very rough 10% ABV. A very surprising and distinct chinooky finish makes this one of the better barley wines i have had so far. My girlfriends comment was "it taste like good rum", and i can not fault that, it actually does.
dutchbeerpages (2439) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2012
Ugliest barley wine I’ve ever seen. Can’t remember seeing one this red. But! It is of course an Emelisse. Amazing nose. Some fruit, some tar and other nice things I find hard to describe. Sweet taste with a great tart finish. Palate is nice, very whiskey like almost. It is a deceptive little beer though, you never really feel like you’re drinking a 10 percenter. Bottle from De Bierkoning. Arve_Christian (5234) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2012
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika.
Dark amber, ok foam.
Aromas of lightly dried fruits balanced with good carbonation & bitterness.
Full body & high complexity.
Some sweet notes & good integrated bitterness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone OleR (4801) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2012
From a 0.33 L bottle. Clear reddish amber body. Dense low blond top. Smell of sweet biscuity and caramelly malts. Plummy fruit tones and a whiff of resiny hops.
Taste is bitter-sweet with a big and clean caramelly malt body. Fruit-cake frutiness and a bold fruity and resiny bitterness. Medium body, oily texture Warming alcohol and a hoppy bite in the ending. Good stuff.
esp0r (2934) - NORWAY - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at homeClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2012
Amber red, tanned head. Smells of dark fruits, dried fruits and some caramel malts. Heavy sweet, quite malty, dense fruits and raisins all the way. Finish with heavy bitterness, resins and some fruit tendensies. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. A heavy barleywine for sure that is on the fruity side. Quite enjoyable and would really fit in a big snifter in front of the fireplace at winter.
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Dark amber body, medium off-white head. Nose is caramel, red berries, dark malts and hints of red berries and toffee. A bit faint, but OK. Taste is dark malts, raisins, alcohol and hints of burnt sugar. Bitter alcoholic, near-astringent finish. Medium body and carbonation. Not too impressive for a barley wine, which I normally like.