GlasgowTAD (2007) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 17, 2017 slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2007 Ok, I’ve had a few barley wines and, for the most part, I’ve yet to be impressed. Given that none were more than a year old, I figured it would be unfair to bash the whole genere until I’d had a few aged samples. Then comes slob who sent both of these, the ’95 being bonus!
-1995 vintage- smaller bottle with different picture. Once opened the musty aroma called for closed inspection. My sniffer is a little out of wack but still the mustiness of dark fruits is obvious. No head. Aromas of dark fruits, cellers, and alcohol. Tastes great, the 120 IBU’s have obviously died down a lot. This is malty with a mouthfeel to die for... silky and milky. Wish the bottle was bigger :(
Poured a little of each at the same time. Small head but enormous compared to the ’95. Aroma was much lighter, hoppier, and generally wasn’t "dark"... still somewhat musty though. Hops are much more present in taste. There’s something like Fruit Loops to the palate. Should have been less compulsive and aged it a year longer. This one probably breaks out more like this
Aroma-7 App.-3 Flavor-6
Palate-3 Overall- 14
***2006*** ...tasted on 5/25/07.
750 ceramic bottle $14. When I "popped the cap" ;) of this pap sealed/ swing top bottle there was thick green hop resin on the inside of the black ceramic bottle. Once poured the hops fill the air & the alcoholic, almost ether-like, nose makes itself know... this hit me before the first few sips as an intrusive warning. All hundred’anfidy IBU’s hit ya’ at once but the crash is cushioned by a strong, yet FAR from balancing malt profile. There’s little bits of everything in this, but my tonge is coated w/ lupin resin. I’ve really enjoyed this bottle, the swing top let me stretch it two nights, but this beer is too young & $14 a bottle.....
Bottle thanks to Keith! 2013 vintage. Pours moderately clear burgundy with a modest brown head which soon recedes. Aroma is caramel, toffee, oak. Taste is toffee sweet, caramel sweet, modest-high bitterness, oak flavours throughout. Bill Becker (2010) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Jan 2006
Poured from 750ml bottle(room temp) a dark clear gold with a smallish head that dissipates quickly leaving just a fine layer with little lacing.
The smell has a very sweet malty nose and there's also an obvious air of alcohol mixed in there but then, this *is* a BWSA so I expected that.
The taste is huge! Lots of malt up front but a more than abundant note of hops(it's 120IBUs) comes into play and takes over and never relinquishes. If the malt had kept up with the infusion of hops, I'd have certainly rated this one higher than I did.
Overall, this isn't exactly the most well balanced Barleywine Style Ale but I do find it a quite enjoyable brew to sip on. I recommend it. TEJA (3349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2017
Sampled at SBWF.
Small head and a clear golden color. Complex aroma and a very appealing taste. A bit alcohol in the taste but at 11.5 % it is expected. A smooth chocolate taaste. gripweed57 (2979) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2017
From old tasting notes. Cloudy brackish brown color. Creamy beige head. Interesting spicy Worcestershire sauce aroma. Tangy, bittersweet treacle malt flavor. Bittersweet malt/hop finish seems subdued. Long bitter aftertaste. SamVimes21 (573) - - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle at Cornwall Specialist Beers , Redruth , Cornwall dark brown with off white head with dark roasted malts , toffee ,raisins taste leaving a rich strong malty toffee aftertaste ,thanks to Hal the brewer at coastal for the taster .
mrdrock (29) - - JUN 9, 2017
Strong alcohol flavor
More hops than I want in a drink
Lasting after taste
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tmoreau (4745) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2017
Shared 2012, 750 ml. ceramic, swing-top bottle poured to a fest sampler showing a cloudy, brownish amber color, with modest, off white foam that rapidly reduced to a persistent ring, and light spots of lacing. The nose was some fruitiness as citrus & pit fruit, brown sugar, caramel, malt sweetness, and some ready alcohol. The taste was similar, medium+ bodied, with low carbonation, booze, and held onto a pronounced, earthy & rind-like bitterness. Decent BW. dnstone (3707) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 31, 2017
Deep copper amber color with a sudsy off white head. Sweet malt bomb with an earth edge.
Notes: on tap at he brewery, Portland visit May 17 Tognetta (953) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 9, 2017
Avermelhada de média turbidez, espuma de média formação e persistência. Bastante malte e uva no aroma, leve lupulado. Paladar de médio dulçor e leve/médio amargor bem balanceado. Corpo licoroso e média carbonatação. Final tende a amargor açucarado, lúpulo sempre presente, uva em segundo plano. Muito boa. Melhor barley que já bebi. Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle share @ Hampton Inn pre-DLD 2016. Pour is very hazy dark orange with a medium beige head. Notes of veggies, leather, alcohol, caramel, bread, and resin.