badgerben (5254) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Pours a dark and cloudy brown with no head. Aroma seems a little on the light side, confirmed by the taste. It’s not bad, just not much of it there. It’s a little malty, a little hoppy, a little fruity, but nothing stands out. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2009
[1994-20090205] 500mL bottle. Old roast beef and dry wood aroma has a hint of HP sauce. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Old HP sauce and smoked grainy malt flavour with wood notes throughout. Medium-full body. Seems a little old.
sfhodense (4788) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2010
(w/ DuctTape, jerc, others)
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel and a dry fruity note. Flavour is sweet caramel, burnt caramel, light hop and a dry fruity note. OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2010
User29624 (1683) - - FEB 4, 2012
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Bull Pub, Aalborg. Dense, yellow head. Clear, dark mahogny body. Sweet-scented malty, dark dried fruits, pepper and caramel. Taste is very sweet and rich malty. Notes of dark fruits and burnt suger. Thick, almost syrupy in the mouth. Healthy body. Bitter-sweet endnotes. Too far on the sweet side for my likings.
Bottle. Pours brown with a thin head. Flavor of citrus, apple? Slightly sour and wasn’t all there.
austinpowers (2832) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2002
The alcohol note came on a bit strong in this barleywine. I prefer the Old Horizontal, personally. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 4, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Undated bottle (probably 2003) Very drab off-brown color with some ruddy oranges in there. Small pale yellow-coffee head and lots of sediment. Flavor smells sweet and nutty and quite sugary. Like a snickers bar, almost, but with extra caramel. Seems promising. . .but then, it begins with a hugely dry dirty/earthy flavor that persists. Similar to Harvey’s Elizabethan, there is that face-full-of-black-dirt flavor, but unlike in Harveys, this does not seem to go away. Watery body does not help out either. Fairly one-sided caramel malt flavoring, with some earthiness (as I said) dominating from the hops and yeast. I let this thing warm, and did everything I could to get it to taste good, but to no avail. Lightly acidic on the finish and just way too thin. Having sampled this and the Harvest Ale, these guys don’t exactly come across as the epitome of a balanced beer. Too sweet, or too dry, too syrupy or too watery. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 7, 2007
This English Barley Wine pours a deep amber color from a 500ml bottle. Small to no head. Aroma is malty, caramel and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are caramel and very sweet. There are some chocolate and raisins flavors but mostly sweet caramel and toffee malts. Low carbonation, it’s a touch flat actually. Smooth taste, with just a touch of alcohol. The problem is that there is nothing to help ct all that malt sweetness, no carbonation, no hops, no alcohol bit, no nothing. It tends to make drinking this one rather tedious after a while. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is very sweet. stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle, 50cl. Pours a clear brown beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, caramel, raisin and some notes of burnt. The flavor is malt, caramel and burnt. The palate is sweetness. Overall an average beer. doomfistinc (82) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Poured from bomber. Pours a very nice, strong dark color that represent the English Strong style. Very little head, which was fantastic to pour. Smells of very dark malts with a taste to math. Goes down smooth with no alcoholic bite to it, though it exchanges any sort of fizziness for a flat character with almost no carbonation.
Quite the example of a Strong Ale.