KimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2009
hazy orange with a medium off white head. Sweet aroma with overripe fruits, caramel and malty notes. Flavour was sweet with caramel, hops, toasted malt and overripe fruits. Finished sweet with warming alcohol. jgb9348 (6592) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2013
2012 Vintage? (13% abv on label):
Deep dark brown coloured body with a fast-dying tan and beige head with some violet and ruby tints near the bottom. Aroma of super rich pit fruits, alcohol, oak, vanilla, earth, scotch, gin and a big dose of caramel. Full-bodied; Dense, earthy, pit fruit flavours with a ton of cognac and brandy flavours behind with the warmth from the alcohol showing a lot. Aftertaste shows a big alcohol burn, some oak and pit fruits, a lot of peat and woodsy touches and a pungent deep sweetness at the end. Overall, a super strong barley wine that still shows a lot of rough edges at ~1 year old with perhaps too bitter of a finish. A nice one to try, but not one of my favourite barley wines - too rough and not enough sweetness and complexity throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 04-January-2013 for US$3.99 sampled at home in Washington on 22-November-2013. jrob21 (3889) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Dark brown color with a tan head. Hops coming through here a little more than the previous version I had. Lots of red fruit and a bit of soy sauce. Roasty malt plum and red fruit aroma. Soy sauce more as it warms. Definite sipping beer. Finish is a touch bitter. Chalky chocolate texture as well. potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Draught at Legend Brew Co. Copper Orange with thin orange-white head. Big hop citrus aroma with a lot of booze and floral hop notes... also some sweeter caramel malt. Flavor dominated by sweet syrup and booze...NO balance TheGB (579) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a dark amber with little head. Has a light aroma, maybe some molasses and malt. Taste is pretty medium bodied with molasses, hops, figs and sweet fruit. Not that much good flavor, it’s pretty abrasive, although given it’s >15 % ABV it hides it reasonably well.
Foxbush (2144) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
12 oz bottle 13% abv purchased at Libbie Market. The barlywine poured a deep reddish brown. Very little head and a sweet aroma of prunes or plums. The higher alcohol has a numbing affect as you drink the ale. Sweetness of prunes and raisins with little or no hops in the taste. Medium body with soft carbonation. Smooth finish a sweet aftertaste. This is local a product but a class of beers that I have limited experience. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2012
12oz bottle, 13%. Poured rich, deep amber with a short-lived, yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up warm dark fruits, Port wine, aged caramel, and a little molasses.. lots of sweetness and very little boozage evident. The flavor found more of the fruits and molasses at the core.. hot, peppery alcohol and oxidation wove their way through the rest of the drink.. finished hot, and it very much warmed up the belly.. not great balance. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a bit buttery.. heat and bitterness detracted from the enjoyment in a few places. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for this one, the barley wine man! Pours a caramel color with a tiny white head. Nose is honey, caramel, toffee, booze, and some fruity notes that quick burn off and turn to booze. Flavor is similar and very boozy. I think this one will still be hot in about 5-10 years.