Alexus (244) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2013
Shared bottle at Bjorleik, Bergen. Courtesy of Tor Ivar Lyse. Wow! What a barley wine. Really well balanced and rich aromas and flavors. Aged a couple of years. Will brew a clone of this recipe. One of the best barley wines I’ve tried, smooth alcohol. agent_511 (159) - - DEC 20, 2012
Hazy medium brown. Aroma of raisin, toffee, and caramel. Tastes of raisin, toffee, caramel, and clove. Slightly sweet and balanced by a medium bitterness. Medium carbonation, full body, slightly creamy. Very good beer. Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a creamy beigh head. Sweetish aroma of caramel, brown sugar, toffee and alcohol. Flavor was very sweet and warming with toffee, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, and raisins with a medium to full body and had a dry and bitter finish. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2012
500ml bottle to snifter. Pours caramel cola color with a quick tight foamy khaki head that leaves a wispy film. Aroma has soft sweet caramel malt and muted dull hops.Taste is faded booze sweet toasted malt which leaves caramel characteristics and a dulled hop flavor with a spice/pepper finish. Palate is full slick and drying with a warming finish. I like it, even though it is a bit dusty. bergstaden (3326) - Røros, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2012
Amber with off white head - aroma of malts and some dark fruits - tastes of sweet malts, some dark fruits - the sweety malt continues into a lingering finfish - this was very nice
JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a mini snifter. Pours a dark copper to amber color with a persistent sheet of beige foam constantly atop the beer. The aroma has great dark fruit complexities to it, with hints of raisin, plum, and prunes. Taste is hearty dark sweetness. This is a fine beer, that’s for certain. Too bad it’s now retired. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
500ml bottle, batch 435, bottled 18/6/09, best by 18/6/14. Mostly clear darker red color. Good thin khaki head, some loose lace. Very nice smooth creamy texture, lighter carbonation. Dark fruit, vinous grapes, chocolate malts, spicy hops. Moderate bitterness, light bite. Slightly viscous finish. Overall, a very enjoyable and interesting barleywine. olio (10672) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 17, 2012
50 cl bottle @ Gastropub Nordic, Tampere.fletchfighters (1604) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
Originally rated on 20110304.
Pours hazy amber color with a small head. Aroma of hops, caramel, ripe fruits, some mild alcohol burn and nutty notes. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel, some toffee, alcohol and malts. The alcohol comes through a bit too much, otherwise decent.
A-- Poured a deep orange brown color. Decent but very short lived carbonation and minimal off white head. Never got more than a 1/4 of an inch and quickly faded to spotty film. On swirling got the same results. Quick build up and quick fade.
S-- Lots of stewed plumbs and cherries, thick and sweet smell, burnt carmel tones as well with this. More like a Dark Belgian Ale but much sweeter and touches of hazelnut.
T-- Thick stewed plumbs and cherries again. Very syrupy front .
M-- Very little carbonation with this. Very syrupy feel as well. More like a Belgian Dark Ale but more syrupy and less carbonated.
Touches of booze in the mouth and does thin out in the end. Not by much though. Kind of a medicinal syrupy finish. Like cherry cough medicine.
D-- Not a bad home brew at all. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2012 The aroma is alcoholic with butterscotch, toffee, caramel, and pine. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a beer I like well but maybe too strong.