argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2008 (3/2/08, 22oz bottle, vintage 2007) Creamy off-white head that leaves nice lacing atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin/plum, grapefruit/pine/earthy, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit, pine/earthy, some raisin, orange, alcohol, light vinous. Very smooth medium-full body with light chewiness. (7/4/8/4/16)
HenrikSoegaard (14101) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2013
(12/6/05, draft) Never had this in draft before, and the biggest difference appears in the intensity of the nose. Clear deep amber body with off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, candied orange, prune, caramel, grapefruit, cherry, butterscotch, some alcohol. Taste is sweet, caramel, orange, grapefruit, pine, dark fruit, some alcohol. Smooth full body, great for sipping on a cold night. (9/4/8/4/16)
(4/5/04, bottle) Hazy amber body with large beige head. Aroma is relatively mild -- grapefruit, light caramel. Taste is sweet, grapefruit, caramel, pine, light vinous. Finishes with medium alcohol burn. Full body, some syrup and chewiness. (6/4/8/4/15)
Bottle. Creamy off-white good fully lasting head. Amber colour. Heavy malty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter wonderfull complex flacvor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. World class. Lubiere (13780) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
Hazy orange lae with a creamy white ale. Sweet vinous aroma with a bit of horseblanket. Nice candied sugar with licorice notes. Alcohol warmth marries well with the sweet hop juice. Rich bodied. Wow. Drake (13647) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 2, 2008
2008 Bottle. Pours amber colored with thin head and decent lacing. Very sweet and strong aroma of malt, alcohol. Hops are not all that present in the aroma but come through in the taste. Very well balanced by the malt (caramel, toffee). Will definitely be picking up a few to cellar. Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2009 Amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, malt and caramel, with tobacco and wood from hops. Sweet malt and alcohol flavour with plenty hops and bitterness. Tasted side-by-side with Thomas Hardy (On tap at The Rake, August 2009) it was extremely powerful. And very much lacking in sophistication.
bierkoning (13243) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle shared @ jbrus’s place. Aroma has mango, pineapple, red berries and citrus. Malty flavor with loads of earthy hops. Hints of pineapple and mango. A considerable dry out effect. The balance is lacking a bit. BeerandBlues2 (13210) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2006
22-oz bottle, Early Spring 2006 release. Pours clean copper and ruby with virtually no head. Aroma is caramel and maple malt (cookie), orange citrus and pine hops and an alcohol nose. Moderately sweet sugary malt, moderately bitter hops and medium acidity, piney and lingering hops. Medium bodied and warm, clean palate. Stuu666 (13093) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2014 Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh, 2010 edition. Pours hazy amber, toffee, caramel, dry and bitter. 3.9
Bottle at home, 2012 edition. Hazy amber, nose is pine, toffee, caramel, taste is very fruity, sweet, bitter, caramel. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2009 (Bottle, 2004 vintage) Pours an orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Flavor of rich malt, hops, and caramel. Dogbrick (12918) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2004
Not quite as good as last year’s version but I liked it well enough. Pours golden orange with a thick off-white head. Nice lacing through the entire glass. The aroma is big on malt, along with some hops, butter and alcohol. Rich-bodied and smooth despite the bitter hops and borderline harsh alcohol. There are also malt and grapefuit flavors in the mix. Despite being a little rough this is a good Barley Wine.