iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2007
Deep mahogany & somewhat cloudy body, with a huge and rocky IPA-style head. Fruity, hoppy aroma with a strong & sweet malt backbone; unmistakable Cascade grapefruit and peach, plus a nice malt profile with brown sugar, caramel and vanilla. The flavor starts out fruity, with sweet malt plus peach from the hops, and finishes bone-dry with typical dry C-hopping grapefruit and some peculiar ash-like roasty flavors which linger for a long time. Actually quite well-balanced for a such a bold brew. Not as huge or impressive as some behemoth barleywines like SN’s Bigfoot, but more delicate & detailed. Low on carbonation, thick on the palate and luckily not cloying. Surprisingly good, nice to see such a solid barleywine coming from a Dutch brewery. DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2007
Bottle at ultimate glasgow tasting. Aroma is bursting with piney, resin american hop character, hints of spicey yeast character. Taste is similarly bursting with american citrus peppery hops, a good pale malt base, the alc is weel hidden. A very nice and different barley wine. Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2008
A unique barkeywine, with the aroma akin to an English old ale, with citrus from Cascade hops, yet only moderately hoppy. An expirey date of December 15 2007 yet no matter. Pours grapefruity with lots of hanging lace. A medium to full mouthfeel, very smooth. A complexity of mild tastes: caramel, grapefruit of course, tropical fruit, sugar, yeast. One of the best barleywines I have tasted. Alcohol hits the nose, and is warming.
Thank you Absumaster. johndoughty (5600) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2009
Bottle.Wonderful malty aroma on opening. Malts then dominating making for a full bodied ale that is easy to drink considering its impressive strength. The ultimate winter warmer. gueuze (1007) - - AUG 28, 2013
Malty barley wine. The bottle says 38EBU, but it feels more bitter.Caramel taste, herbal hops and slightly alcoholic.
TET (3278) - Kaarina, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
A reddish brown beer with a medium and beige head. The nose is strongly caramelly malty, lots of balancing piney hops, dark fruits. Great, US-style aroma. Caramelly malts and piney hoppyness dominates the taste, some fruits. Not too sweet, surprisingly evem a quite dry. Quite simple taste but that’s working. Full bodied, low carbonation, slippery to drink. Positive, US-style barley wine with strong hoppyness, simple but balanced. spacecube (1810) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2014
330 ml bottle, pours dark amber, reddish brown with very small head. Wow, amazed by the aroma on this, comes across as a deeply caramel malt and piney double IPA in the nose, wow. Caramel and pine leading into a light resiny and piney finish that is well balanced. The barley wine textures come in after the initial hop flavour and the malt flavours are light and balance well. Great beer with a superb US character. McTapps (6984) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2014
Bottle from Douberd - many, many thanks, Christos! I loved it! The beer pours out in a cloudy, dirty amber-golden-light brown colour with steady head and medium body. Aroma of intense hops and barley. Taste of fresh, but unspicy hops, wild flowers, barley, white grapes, spruce and nuts. Hints of straw and caramel. A very big and great beer - highly enjoyable. DwarfeD (3539) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2014
33cl bottle from BierNavigatie. Hazy oakish brown with white flocks and a medium slightly off-white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Sweet with some bitter tones. Spices, caramel, herbs, spices, brown sugar and warming alcohol. A great full flavoured barley wine. Alengrin (5884) - BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2015
Dutch barley wine brewed in Belgium, tasted at Arendsnest. Thick, sticky, creamy, yellowish white head, hazy amber colour with copperish hue. Aroma of vanilla, almond, cognac, candi sugar, strawberry, treacle-waffle, wood, lime, red apple, orange. Sweetish taste with slight sourish accent, banana, candied orange, brown sugar but all in a concentrated, refined way, caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness in a vinous texture, smooth, with dry, woody, candied sweet and liqueurish finish, dried by peppery hops and whisky-like, warming but not too obnoxious alcohol. Warming, vinous, rich: this is how any good English-style barley wine ought to be.