zimbo (961) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2016 leaparsons (10546) - Wigston, Leicestershire, - JUL 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a thin beige foam. Aromas are coffee and molasses with raisins and Xmas pudding. Nutty alcohol with dark berries and a light smokiness. Floral notes with spices. Flavours are sweet molasses with dark chocolate and vinous and plummy fruits. Woody with a spicy, boozy finish. Good.
Very sweet almost confected nose on first opening which does reduce over a prolonged period of time. Rich dark glossy oak brown colour with light tan head. Confected sweet candy and sour on the palate which greatly reduces with time leading into a rich oaky woody smoothnes before ending with some sappy rich cherry& dark chocolate.
The rewards of cellaring.
AshtonMcCobb (6604) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Thank you James, bottle 455 out of 876.
Appearance - deep opaque black, with a thin fawn head, but this definitely hangs around.
Nose - intense treacle, molasses and charcoal notes.
Taste - black jack sweets, molasses again. Smoke at the back.
Palate - rich and full bodied with a tangy dry middle section that leads into a long, long finish.
Overall - this is altogether a much darker beer than expected for a barley wine. Should this have been under English Strong Ale. It’s a beast and a bit of a gnarly beast at that. But it grows. Stuu666 (13395) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle at James’s. Pours dark brown, nose is dark fruit, caramel, taste is similar, sweet, rich, fruity. SlackerMads (3360) - DENMARK - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Darkest of brown with a medium sized diminishing beige head. Caramel, cocoa, wort, toasted, earthy, brown sugar, dark dried fruit, bourbon? Medium/full body, medium sweet, light acidic, light bitter, salty, oily texture, soft carbonation. Unusual and perhaps a bit unpolished, but interesting. Lonick (1872) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2014
Bottle @All My Vinyl Tasting, Edinburgh. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Chocolate, caramel, toffee and almonds on the nose. Coffee sharp on the palate then some sweet tones, toffee and fruits. V.nice.
allmyvinyl (10613) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours very dark brown, thin beige head. Big sweet toffee aromas, some dark fruit and malt. Taste brings more sweetness, a light booze note, and roasty bitterness. Very nice. DarkSideOfBeer (47) - Padova, ITALY - JAN 18, 2014
Splendido barley wine serie numerata,il sogno di ogni amante di questo stile a cui Hardknott regala un generosissimo mezzo litro; un’esplosione che ti lascia stupefatto al primo impatto e ti coccola nella sua frutta secca fino all’ultimo sorso Theydon_Bois (19494) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Cask at the White Horse winter beer festival, 22/11/13, listed as Granite 2013 but presume this is the same beer?
Opaque dark mahogony brown with a good sized light tan covering that retains well.
Nose is rich dark fruits, spice, orange peel, burnt toffee, booze strains.
Taste comprises toffee, candied orange peel, Xmas cake, pinch of spice, deep rich dark fruit notes.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, smooth palate, boozey warming closure.
Solid cask barley wine, booze does become a little harsh at times. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
18th May 2013Rasmus40 (20643) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Creamy malt nose. Palate is soft and airy. Fine carbonation. Minerals. Tangy malts, flirting with sour. The promised burned toffee is here. Sweetish marmite. A little sour cherry before the finish which brings more marmite. Unusual and tasty but I could not drink loads of this.
Bottle from Euston Tap, London. Almost black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt, chocolate and a little alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish with warming alcohol. 140913