SilkTork (5946) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2004
Pasteurised bottle. BBE Nov 04. Purchased from Utobeer, Borough Market. Sam Smith’s don’t do much of this. And I can see why. I mean, I know I’m not a fan of Barley Wine, but we don’t exactly have a Thomas Hardy’s Ale here. Colour is nice - a warm glowing bronze - but when compared with - say - Thomas Hardy’s Ale, it looks a little pale and anaemic. And that’s the point - this is not a beer to compare with something decent - this is a beer to compare with Whitbread Gold Label and Banks Barley Gold, and other strong pasteurised beers with Gold in the name. There has been no attempt or desire to make this for people who really care what the beer tastes like. This is marketed at old men who like a strong "nip" now and again. kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2005
Aroma is alcohol and rocket fuel. Plastic. Damp cardboard. Cheap biscuits. Boiled veggies. Sugar. Tinned water. Banana flavoured candy. Taste is cheap and nasty. I give up: There are smells and flavours here, and they are what would be expected of a cheap barley wine. The stuff is drinkable. But it's not good. Nuff said.
Clear gold with a small white head. Bandaids, green apples, tin and rubbing alcohol, horrible aroma. Thankfully the flavour has some sweet fruity malt notes present, which are suprisingly innoffensive. There are some medicinal flavours there but they are generally subdued. A touch of green apple too. Alcohol is a little overpowering, but not as bad as the aroma. Drinkable, just. Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle from Beers of Europe. I am surprised this one is rated to high. To me this is a poor example of the traditional British barley wine in a tiny bottle behind the bar. Alcoholic and syrupy, some treacle and apple. I found this boring. Yves (3210) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2009
Clear amber coloured beer with small white head and few carbonation. Alcoholic scotch aroma. Full palate. Finish bitter dry and alcoholic. Wim (4254) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
amber coloured body with a white head a roasted alcholic malty aroma a malty spicy bitter alcholic taste with a alcholic bitter finish
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<b>In short: </b>A extra-sweet and bland beer. Between bad and boring.MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2006
<b>How: </b>Bottle 180ml (you read that right). Vintage, about 2 years old
<b>The look: </b>Clear dark golden body topped by a small but persistent beige head
<b>In long: </b>Nose of bread and sweetness. Taste doesn’t go much further. Bland bready/cake malts, sugary caramel sweetness, barely any fruity notes, brown sugar, no hops. Very little alcohol presence except for an annoying bit at the very end. Surprisingly not tasty and bland for a 10.2% beer. Just unrefined sweetness followed by a quick alcohol bite. Thankfully the bottle was small, very small, even smaller than a Kuhnhenn Raspberry Eisbock. Still this tiny little bottle is enough for someone like me (or 8 Danish raters) to get a good feel of the beer.
Bottleharrisoni (19726) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2015
Surprisingly blonde and a rich head. Chewing gum and higher alcohols plus ripe fruits in aroma. Taste is woodsy, lots of alcohol, apple, prickly pears, plastic glue. Fortunately the aftertaste is not very long. Disappointing.
Bottle at GBBF 2015. Oloroso sherry aroma. Oxidised. And frankly terrible. Some toffee ugh. henrik (134) - Århus, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2006
Amber -- nice laces. Sweet aroma. Maybe some fruit, but very sweet. The taste is the same. This cant be right! I’m usually not afraid of sweet beer, but this is way to much. Practically undrinkable! konstifik (573) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2011
Bottleneck says best before JUN10. The bottle was properly cellared since I bought it in April 2010. Totally overoxidized and with notes of alcohol. Can’t get much of other flavours. Drainpour.