Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
hazy ruby-brown colour with almost no foam, very complex aroma of bread, raisins, licorice, red fruits and alcohol, very sweet and oily with lot of carbonation, very long warming alcohol finish with a dry bitterness and more fruity notes - powerful and heavy but with some cloying sweetness - to enjoy like a nice cognac crossovert (12629) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.
It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well.
The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isnít the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying.
Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol.
I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on itís face in comparison.
Serving type: bottle Rune (12587) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
355ml bottle, vintage 2009, bb. Dec. 2019, cellared for some time after I brought it back home for Systembolaget in LinkŲping September last year. Offered some drinking enjoyment to the soccer match between Germany and Spain on TV. Poured a dense, off-white head with good duration atop of a deep, ruby coloured body. Rather subdued aroma of dark, dried fruits along with malts and herbal dryness. Vapour of alcohol, too. Dry, slightly roasted, malts in flavour plus dried fruits, like apricot, and with suggestion of liquorice. A real alcohol punch on the palate. Full bodied. Likable, but too much on the sweet side. The alcohol is also a bit disturbing. Should perhaps have left the bottle in the cellar for a longer time span (TromsÝ, 07.07.2010). thewolf (12534) - Kolding, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Kolding Vinhandel. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Pours a beautiful deep mahogany with a small fizzy beige head that quickly disappears. Aroma is great, with port, raisins, overripe plums, light hops and a touch of chocolate. Seems quite vinious. Strong oily mouthfeel, low carbonation. Flavour is very rounded, lots of dark cloying sweetness with Belgian sugars, raisins, plums and light chocolate appearing. Vinious, yes, but not as powerful as the aroma suggests. Very mellow, great for sipping (watchign Fulham-Chelsea right now, 1-0). A very wonderful BW, I think Kolding Vinhandel has another 2005 bottle - I should buy that!
12 oz bottle-pours a tan head and amber/brown color. Aroma is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/boozy-rum/scotch, woody. Taste is sweet, syrupy medium malt, medium/dark fruit-prune, licorice/molasses, alcohol/quite boozy-rum/scotch, woody/spicy hops. OK carbonation. Kind of an English Strong Ale. Sipping. Not my taste and on the fringe for the style.
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2004
2003 Vintage. Poured a dark hazy reddish brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and malts. Tastes of caramel, malts, alcohol (but not 11.4%), spices (cinnamon), and raisins. Definitely a sipping beer. Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2004
2003 vintage. A reddish brown ale after fizzing from a high quality Belgian-like pour. Some cognac and barleyiwne aroma. Fine carbonation on the tongue. Immediate tummy warming from the alcohol. Barley wine and malt tastes, with Eno epsom salt. Numbing aftertaste. Pinball (12060) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
rating # 1000
bottle from Ýlbutikken. vintage 2004, tasted jan.2009.
poured a cloudy brown with almost no head.
aroma of aged beer, port wine, alc.
flavor is strong. malty, figs, dark fruits, alc. flavors are nicely blended together. not my kind of beer, but iíve got to appreciate the complexity and wellroundedness. I will get my hands on a 2008 vintage and try again, adjust my score if i like the not-so-aged version better. My main complaint is the aroma, too much old beer and old booze in that aroma. slowrunner77 (11912) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 27, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 "they jacked up the abv to 13% in 2006, which i didnít think was necessary...til i tried it. holy crap was it good. back near the top of the style over the last 3 years. on the malty side, which isnít to say that there is a lack of hops...there is just such a huge sweet caramel malt taste that the hops barely make it through. GREAT beer!!"
mR_fr0g (11901) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Leightons place, 29/12/2016. Many thanks to Daniel for this one. Aroma is rich ruby red coloured pour with a fine off white head. Aroma is sweet toffee, jammy fruits, raspberry, cranberry, brown sugars, liquorice. Flavour is composed of seet layered malts, toffee, brown sugars, liquorice. Palate is medium sweet, moderate carbonation, woody. Good.