TorbenJensen (1532) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
The scent is strangely enough most hop influenced, and you sense the flowered aroma hops very clearly. The taste is sweet and fruity. A little malt sweetness, but most sweetness released in the direction of dessert wines. It may have some character of sherry / port, but only with a greater emphasis on dried fruits such as fig and raisin. Gentle warming alcohol character which first comes after several minutes in the form of a slow rising hot starting of the throat. It is not the aggressive and provocative strong brew as you might expect, but instead a very characterful and extremely delicate beer that inspires hour long recess and full enjoyment. 77ships (9887) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2016
Draft glass @ Kulminator. 2013 Vintage, absolutely astonishing beer & the age probably really helped here because after this one I sampled a 2012 “Big Worse Barley Wine Red Wine Barrel Edition” & it was massively better than my notes of a fresh bottle indicate. Just really massive marzipan, vanilla, oak, agave, maple, malts sweetness, amazingly pure & intense just massive sweet vanilla, oak & marzipan all the way with perfect oxidation, thick & creamy. Added toffee & caramel sweetness in the back. Perfect for lovers of massive sweet barley wines, oddly some bourbon-like notes in the heavy vanilla but I was assured that this was the regular version. Either way, quite spectacular. adrian910ss (2581) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 11, 2011
# 1950. 12.7 oz bottle shared with Scott. Pours a clear golden orange with a medium sized white head. Aroma of extreme tropical fruit, alcohol and sweet candied syrup. Taste is much the same as the aroma. Excellent and aggressive. dnstone (3430) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Barly strength in the aroma. Poured amber in color with off-white head. Strong chewy barley sweetness; coats and lasts...some orange and floral notes in the finish.
Notes: Borefts fest pharkanklaus (34) - KBH N, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2010
Golden red and slight hazy. The surface tension reveals that this beer has quite a bit of sweetness to balance its alcohol.
smell is deep with sweet, fruity aromas, port and damped spices that makes you crave for a sip.
The alcohol is remarkably well hid in the nose as well as in the mouthfeel (for such a young and strong barleywine.
The taste explosion is incredible and demands your full attention. It has portwine features. It is a beer that should be sipped.
The best barley wine i’ve had.
gunnfryd (14956) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2010
On tap at KØ-2010. Dark golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is vineous, dried fruits, malt, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, fruit, grass, alcohol, licorice, alcohol, vineous. Powerful nice beer. AlbertC (277) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2011
Aroma is sweet, boozy, malty. Taste is wonderfully thick, wood, some fruits and warmth. Cannile (12) - California, USA - APR 2, 2012
To be honest with you, I hate these "beer rating" websites, I feel they overshadow the real gems that are out there with "top beers" bias when consumers are in front of that beer selection looking to make a purchase, especially in this smart-phone-saturated day and age. But, because I finally opened this on-a-whim purchase that I made well over a year ago, I figured I’d provide a review. Pours a fairly-clear (but not filtered) gold color, low-mild carbonation, mild lacing upon swirling. Smells of booze, tons of caramel, vanilla, spice, and a hint of dark fruit. Light-medium body. Tastes as it smells. There is a little heat after swallowing, but that comes with anything 18.5% abv. Stellar stuff. Take my advice ..... share this bottle with a friend, do not drink this entire bottle by yourself like I have. Pyrmir (6126) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
Sample from bottle. Aroma strong, pears, malt, booze, wood and some salty notes. Taste is surprisingly well balanced. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Wood, malt, sweetness, toffee. ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2010 Hmm... Thought I’d more or less retired myself in terms of entering my ratings. This little number changed that... (at least momentarily).
Sample at Ølbutikken (Thanks, Jeppe!) and bottle split with my brother. Served in Riedel white wine glass.
Slightly hazy dark amber with decent tan head.
The aroma is wonderfully c-hoppy, fat’n’fruity, and enticingly aloholic without being even slightly harsh. Yum!
Flavorwise, it’s intensely and freshly c-hopped, deliciously sweet(ish) - the ’ish’-part due to the violently aggressive and bitter hop onslaught without which it would certainly be very sweet indeed. But then again; 400 IBUs ought to make themselves known somehow... Huge fruit notes collide with abovementioned Jaws-like citrusy hop bite and sugary goodness and end up completely over the top and yet somehow utterly, perfectly balanced. Like having an intensely ripe, sugardosed and alcohol-laced grapefruit shoulder-tackled into your mouth by a brutally no-nonsense 250-lbs. linebacker who somehow knows what’s best for your tastebuds (if not for your liver...).
At this point words fail me. Somehow my glass is empty. The evaporation rate of liquids in this room must be tremendous. Yes, the mouthfeel is luxuriously full and smooth, yes the drinkability is ridiculous for a beer of this potence, yes, it is the best extreme beer I’ve ever tasted. But it’s gone.
What’s all this crap about the glass being either half full or half empty? My glass is definitely, completely and irrevocably empty. Just like that. Wait.. Wha... How did that happen? YOU THIEVING BASTARDS!
NEED MORE BIG WORST. NOW.
How ’bout now? I’ll promise not to break any more fragile stuff?...
Big Worst? Just a sip?
[At which point the previously hibernating rater - briefly turned active - staggers off to the kitchen in search of the three (yes, three (3!) bottles stashed for an upcoming tasting event. Mad laughter echoes off the walls, dark clouds assemble in the heavens above, and small animals in the vicinity tremble in fear).
How will I ever get to work in the morning?