adriano (5) - Roma, ITALY - OCT 1, 2013 does not count
Drinked at Bakushu Popeye in Tokyo, maybe the best Barley Wine... Ever! FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
Draft at Barkushu Club Popeye on March 31st, 2005. Dark copper color with no head. Strong aroma of caramel, alcool and hint of hops. Medium to full body, the flavors were leaning towards the caramel, toffee and a little bit of roasted. Alcool and bitterness were also present but not overpowering the other flavors. It was a very powerfull barley wine brewed with complexity! I wonder how old it was but it had definitely aged for a while. Hummm... encore, encore!!! KyotoLefty (10268) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2012 2007 version at Popeye. THis beer rocks. One of my absolute favorites, I am realizing more and more. Huge fruity flavor, vinous and wonderful.
Sour nose, almost resembling a Flemish Red, with fruit and sherry. Very sweet and alcoholic flavor, with sour fruits, berries, spices and vinous notes. Very nice, mature, aged flavor. Like a fine port. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2008
2003 vintage on draught at Popeye, Tokyo. dark brown colour with a small head. Vinous aroma with chocolate notes. Sour fruits flavours blending with chocolate, especially towards the finish. A joy to the taste buds. shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 1, 2012
Tap at Popeye. 2007 vintage. Murky dark amber brown colour. No head at all, just a couple of bubbles. Aroma is boozy stewed fruit, liquorice, boozy sweetness, wood, red wine. Slightly musty. Full on and lovely. Taste is even better! Sweet, little bit spicy, bit of burnt sugar, dark fruit, lots of malt too. Fruit cake, touch of ginger. Amazing. Sweet but not too much, really hides the alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable and therefore very dangerous. Full bodied, but not thick and sticky. A triumph, just wish I hadn’t had it as the first beer here as it was hard to follow.
maekchu (3917) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 1, 2013
Draught during Strong Beer Week at Qbrick (from tasting notes). Aroma has some pear character (like the Vintage). Also vinous, with some hints of chocolate malt and coffee. Some banana, spice (coriander), and sour prunes. Brown w/ yellowish edges. Flavors of pear, cinnamon, pepper, and spice. Long pear and minerally finish. Excellent balance, smooth mouth feel, full-bodied but with finesse. Complex changes from initial to finish. Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2013
Aroma: pear, wine-like aroma, cola
Palate: Amazingly smooth--outstanding.
Flavor: pear, cola, and roasted flavor
Comment: Viscous yet elegant mouth feel; the body completely disguises the alcohol without being heavy. Probably due to the aging. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
On tap at Popeye’s. Kampai, Popeye, Oppai! Definitely one of the best J-beers I’ve had. Light mahogany with very little head. Aroma is very subtle and complex, mostly of plum, peach, and surprisingly little alcohol. The flavor also makes the 15% number hard to believe! Cherries, subtle sherry that comes out in the finish along with some alcohol coming back out your nose. Very good! I have to admit to rating this with a sub-optimal palette, and so I will definitely try it again (which I would have done anyway!) after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2008
Draft. 2003 keg tapped June 08. Glorious little barleywine. Well, ok, not little, but a barleywine, and glorious. Pours eggplanty purple, almost black, with a dense but rather thin tannish head that falls away fairly quickly. Vinous, fruity nose--red wine, wine grapes, sherry, some sour cherry, dates, figs, the ever-popular "dark pitted tree fruit, comma, other" also makes an appearance. Dense, creamy, almost oily body. Very little carb. Just a soft note to let you know it’s there. The tight swirl of vinous and fruity notes is fairly monolithic on the mid-palate. This is a tricky one to pry apart. It doesn’t offer, really, a huge amount of complexity. It’s certainly not simple, or lacking. But it strikes only one chord--it just voices it so richly that it transforms the claim it stakes on the flavor spectrum into its own little world. It actually vanishes quickly from the back of the tongue, it just goes. But while it’s there it’s this intense little fruity, vinous tyrant. motelpogo (7704) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 28, 2008
on tap at popeyes, 03 vintage. dark brown with no semblance of head, caramel and honey aroma, somehow not too sticky though, plenty of dried stonefruits, prune and sultana, hints of sherry, delicious stuff