VastActiv (7749) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2017 jar72404 (426) - USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours brown with thin white head. Aroma is caramel and dark fruit. Flavor is the same with some oak and nuts in the finish. Solid barleywine.
Sample from the bottle at Sture 21, Helsinki. Vintage 2017. Color is clear copper with very small white head. Aromas and flavors: Dry fruits, dryness, alcohol, whiskey, caramel and malts. Quite heavy. RexTalionis (3825) - FINLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Sample from bottle, 2007 vintage. Clear darker amber in color with an off-white head. Sweetish and vinous notes in aroma, some ripe dark fruityness here as well. Quite smooth mouthfeel, bit of abv pushing through though. Some spicy and malty notes in taste. Boozy. ebone1988 (2237) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2017
At the Barleywine event. Vintage 2008. Aroma is oak, slight caramel, toffee, sweet. Appearance is amber, light tan head, clear. Taste is caramel, toffee, booze, barrel, good. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, caramel barrel aftertaste. Overall, it’s good BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2016
2007 vintage. Clear brown limited head. Big malty and alcoholic nose. Alcohol is very evident up front, malt is not quite so viscous and hops provide some balance. Barley wines seem to have fallen out of prominence but its still a welcome treat, especially something like this. It is improving as it warms. JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2016
appearance: slightly murky, reddish copper, one finger of creamy tan head shrinking to a thin collar. aroma: treacle, vanilla, coffee, molasses, toasted wood. taste: sweet, with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, wood, and a hint of bourbon. finish: very smooth, lingering sweetness, a subtle slow heat building. notes: Very good barleywine; malt heavy of course, and doesn’t have a lot of the very strong hopping that some US versions seem to employ. Enjoyable. 2012 Vintage courtesy of Zoltan.
oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Got this in a trade with gregwilsonstl...Pours a dark golden brown with fluffy head. Aromas of dark malts, hops, and light bourbon. Flavors of sweet malts, hops, and nice bourbon notes. Thanks Greg RobertDale (6985) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Sample at Strong Ale Fest 2015. Comes reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and fruit. Taste is malt, dark fruit, caramel, vanilla, and oak. Nice. csaso (2362) - Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2015
2011 vintage bottle - small foamy head, pretty very dark Amber color, boozy malty aroma and flavor, definite oaky and vanilla notes, earthy hops, pretty smooth finish, very good overall
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Bottle. Clear amber pour, thin beige head. Aroma is quite fruity, caramel, tropical, plum, ripe fruits and some sugar. Flavor is sweet, heavy malts, nice spicy bitterness and smooth vanilla oak. Lovely balance, heavy brew. koleminer20 (4176) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. The pour was a ruby-brown gem (haha) with a nice small egg shell colored head. The aroma is heavy on caramel with a little woodiness and a bit of dark fruit. It’s pretty plain. The flavor mimics it. The malts and barrel kind of fight over a dominating flavor with the fruits taking a back seat. The mouth feel is a little thin and oily with a sporadic carbonation that I think might be a bit too forceful. The aftertaste is lightly bitter with a touch of vanilla. It’s not bad by any means, but this one could be a lot better