anders37 (27667) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sweetish malty dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit plum flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty fruity dark fruit finish. oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2009
Bottled. Amber colour, small beige head. Aroma is very much barley wineish with all the malts, plum and alcohol in the body. Flavour is raisins, some bready malts, caramel malts and alcohol. A very pleasant and enjoyable barley wine. Travlr (26437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
Bottle at RBJG2. Hazy amber color, white edge head. Aroma of oxidized caramel. Taste is sweet caramel on toast. omhper (25963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
Draught at Ushi-Tora, Tokyo. Hazy brownish amber, no head. Salty woody nose. Fairly sweet with dense full body. Well rounded and elegant with a flavour reminiscent f mature plum wine. Warming with growing late bitterness. Complex and full flavoured. TBone (18568) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 3, 2009
Bottled (PBF, BB 02/2019).
Chestnut brown-red, small off-white head. Strong hoppy-fruity nose. Sweet and hoppy, quite malty, caramel. Very double IPA -like.Long warming hoppy aftertaste. Interesting.
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2009
Draught at Popeye. Cloudy red/amber - white head. Rubber, nutty, sweetness, roasted, candy, nice high hoppy, toasted, grassy, piney, nice balance. KyotoLefty (10810) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 2007 version, bottle.
Dark brown with a reddish-orange tint, high, foamy off-white head. Very fruity, hoppy aroma, with dark fruits, a good amount of sweetness, port, and strong malt. But hops predominate like in a Bigfoot. Very appealing aroma. Very sweet flavor, fruity, cherries, caramel, honey, alcohol heat. Good hops for bittering and aroma. Great balance. Very complex and interesting, and a great, dry finish of hops, rich malt, sweet, and heat. A very nicely done barley wine. This has perfect body and carbonation. Really well done. A treat. Best BW I’ve had from Japan.
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:AndySnow (8322) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2013
Oxidized caramel malts and minty hop vapors coalesce in this soft and rich Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark amber.
-Oxidation works very well with this type of grain bill, making the nose a tad more alluring. However, at the 4-year mark, you can smell that this is not going to get better.
-Carbonation is appropriately moderate and residual sugars levels are high but approachable.
-This must have been near excellent a couple of years ago.
4-year-old bottle. Thx Mark !
Bottle at RBJG 2 Grand Tasting, thanks KyotoLefty. Brown colour with an almost non-existent head. Aroma of plums, dark fruit. Sweet plum, apricot fruit flavour. jonas (8281) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2010
Tap @ Popeye, Oct 2009. Light wood nose.
Amber, golden layer.
Medium to light body, no stickyness.
Wooden, strawberry retronasal.
Leaves grapefruit hops on the tongue.