Svesse (8454) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Gravity cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 23 Nov 2012. Vintage 2008) Reddish amber colour with almost no head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of caramel, dried fruit and red berries. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, dried fruit, pears, peaches and a gentle bitterness that starts sweet and dries out towards the end. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. Well balanced and quite nice.
Theydon_Bois (18924) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity Dispense at White Horse Parsons Green, Old Ale Festival - 23/11/12. 2008 vintage.
Opaque chestnut brown with no head.
Nose is dark fruits, malts, toffee fudge, butter popcorn and a little spice.
Taste comprises toasted malts, a little roastiness, dark toffee, figs, spice, herbs.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finish.
Scopey (14219) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask (2008) at the White Horse Parson’s Green. It pours hazy deep mahogany brown with a small off-white head. The nose is fruit cake, apricot, candied peel, caramel, scone and honey. The taste is fruit cake, honey, earth, apricot, citric edge, candied peel, icing sugar and alcohol with a warming finish. Medium-full body, soft carbonation and slightly sticky mouth-feel. Definitely drinks below the ABV. Smooth and easy going.
Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at The White Horse Old Ale Festival, London. Vintage 2008. Pours clear copper with a fine, tan film. Big malt aroma with banana and other, semi-ripe fruits. Big sweet flavor, somewhat estery, with light caramel, more banana, bready malts. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly sticky to finish with further bready malts and banana. A very pleasant barley wine.
jackl (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity @ The White Horse Old Ale Festival. Listed as ’2008 Barley Wine’. The pour’s medium orange amber. Still, absolutely no head or trace of carbonation. The nose is rich malts, bruised banana, some rough hedgerow hop brashness and a bit of watermelon. The taste is boozy autumn fruit salad, some plums and apples. Notes of honeyed grain and fresh-baked fruit pie. Medium body, smooth. Nice stuff.