mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Murky dark red pour with a fluffy beige head. Lace, thick. Aroma was big caramel malt, sweet, notes of vanilla, some wood and then some vinous notes. Very intriguing and quite delightful. Flavors were also vinous, very wine like. Not as sweet as I expected although caramel made an impact. Lightly bitter finish, woody and slightly dry. Big wine in the finish. Mouthfeel was super viscous, lightly carbonated but fitting. Not as ’profound’ as the bourbon but absolutely fantastic. Yet another outstanding brew from Mikkeller. phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 6, 2012
37,5 cl bottle from ØlKonsortiet. Pours deep ruby red with a nice off white head. Aroma is very spicy and very dominated by the barrel treatment - I'm thinking a spicy Temperanillo. Unripe red grapes, oak, sour red currants, raspberries. The classic barley wine characteristics if caramel and dark fruits are completely absent and have been replaced by a wealth og ripe red fruits and berries. A brief hoppiness when it's swirled. The taste is quite perplexing. The barrel is also the main attraction here, and it seems that it as brought some brettanomyces into the beer. A bit funky and then just full of unripe red grapes, red berries and then an astringent side to it, spicy and red wine-ish. This tastes more like a strong Belgium brett infused ale with raspberries aged on spanish wone barrels than a barley wine. But I quite like it. Very unique and interesting. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2011
12.7oz bottle from west lakeview liqours. pours a murky orange-copper with a thin, bubbly, off-white head leaving sticky, dripping lace on the glass. aroma is great with big notes of vanilla, sweet oak, and toffee backed by fresh, piney, hop esters, red berries, and tart red wine with hints of gingersnap cookies, brandied figs, and sweet malts. flavor is damn tasty as well, but a bit tame compared to the aroma, with sweet oak, vanilla, and red wine backed by toffee candy, pine esters, and sugar cookies with subtle touches of raisin, fig, and cake crust. palate is full bodied with smooth carbonation and a sweet, dry, fruity finish. overall, a pretty tasty brew. beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2012
Tap @ FWIBF. Pours a dark reddish color with a beige head. Aroma is of oak, red wine, red grapes and is very vinous, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and some slight alcohol. The flavor follows the nose and is again really vinous, I get the red grapes, red wine, oak, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, toffee and some alcohol. The body is full with an oily mouth feel. Overall a tasty and different BA Barley Wine. MotherBrother (941) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2012
Pour ruby red, with a small fizzy carb.
Aroma of dark fruits, malts, caramel, and oaky, red whine-bitterness.
Taste is pretty sweet, with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied, with a slight fizzy carb.
flip_soeperman (880) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2012
Compared to the big worse this is less drinkable. Vey complex but a few to many tannins for me. Has characteristics of fruit but also of wrange wine. Quite alcoholic and slightly too dry for a barley wine.
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Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with caramel lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, red wine, dark fruits such as plums and raisins, and wood. Flavour the same including burnt brown sugar. Luxurious mouth feel. Lightly carbonated, full bodied, sweet but not cloying. Very nice indeed. KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
375ml Bottle. The pour was a murky brownish purple with an average (1-2 finger) khaki colored frothy head that diminished slowly, down to a thick film and large collar with excellent sheets of lacing.
S_Side_Smitty (766) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
The aroma was big and strong of a dark bread malt and a sweet yeast with notes of caramel, red wine, dark fruit (grapes, plums and prunes), candi sugar, a hint of oak and a decent alcohol tinge.
The taste was heavily malty sweet with a bold vinous presence from the start, progressing with a bold bitterness, a bit of dark fruit and a large alcohol taste with the end having a slightly fruity mildly woody taste. Flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a sweet fruity alcohol warming sensation being the last thing lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat prickly carbonation.
Overall this is a very unique tasting Barleywine (in a good way). It possesses a ton of fruity flavor that only complimented the vast other flavors offered in this brew, which together did a stupendous job of slightly mellowing the extremely high ABV... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2014 Pours a cloudy red-brown with a medium white head. Aroma is a perfect blend of a grainy English style barley wine and a fruity red wine. Taste is initially a sweet barley wine profile. The red wine comes in at the mid followed by some beautiful carob-like smooth malts for the finish. Nice, nice, nice. DesertDevil (699) - Arizona, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle. pours rich, clean burgundy with an odd thin cirrus-like head. Aroma of sweet figs, and some vinous notes. Taste of intense sweet wine and vanilla that quickly transitions to oak and some cherry tones with a hint of caramel maltiness and some peppery spice. Tannins are quite evident. Very carbonated, sort of champagne-like, with a dry finish that complements the beer. Well done, Mikkeller.