overall
99
98
style
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A barley wine with deep amber color, the brandy of ales. This beer has vintage character and will mature in the bottle at cellar temperature for years.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (7182) - Reval, ESTONIA - NOV 11, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga). Very dark brown color. Huge size, yellow head, stays. Looks nice. Malty, raisins, fruity, sweet, prunes in aroma. Sweet, hop tea, fruity, raisins, spicy in taste. Hop tea and sweet and prunes in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Quite nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1975) - Gomel, BELARUS - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle. Deep amber, moderate off-white head. Aroma of water melon, nectar, berries. Full bodied. Bittersweet taste. Nectary. Fruity. Vinous. Brandy. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (3498) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle. Amber color. Aroma: port wine, malt, nectar, floral, fine. Taste: malty, white port wine, brandy, candy and caramel, a little hop bitterness. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
k0mpsa (2769) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle. Dark red color, tanned head. Nice aroma has malts, sweet fruits, sherry, oak notes. Nice sweet balanced body, sherry, oak, plums.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2016
Dull light brown body, dried fruit on the aroma as well as hints of caramel, medium to full body with good length in the taste whilst not being overpowering, great drinking.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (7569) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2016
Bottle, bottled 10/10/2015 . Pours rather uncleardeep brownred. Ok White head’ smell is full, Rich barley wine maltyness. Taste is full, caramelly, Rich barley Wine maltyness. Bit clinical boozyness in the back. Not bad, but nothing amongst the top onesbin the style. Perhaps more time Will mellow it out ?

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (1657) - New York, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottled 2014 vintage. Pours sort of copper, amber color, white head. Aroma is toffee, fig, booze, dark fruit, vanilla, sort of plum-like, despite being called "old ale", very much a barleywine. Flavor is plum, fig, pine, some toffee, nice and pretty pronounced hop bitterness in the finish, not too boozy in the nose. Really nice mix of sweet dark fruits, and hop bitterness. Will def. be revisiting this one, for sure.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fin (10315) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle from Beer Gonzo shop, Earlsdon, Coventry consumed at Polderflora camp, Nr Alphen aan Den Rijn Saturday 24th September 2016. This beer would win nothing in a beer beauty contest, grubby, dirty brown in colour with lots of ’stuff’ in suspension. This is a big beer, its strong with burnt sugar (molasses) and booziness and a smokiness the standout flavours. I have to say it’s doing very little for me, its ok but I’m not that fussed. A6 A2 T6 P4 Ov12 3.0

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrOrla (2648) - Odense C, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
Bottle at Home. Pours hazy brown with a white head. Aroma of hazelnuts, toffee, caramel, dried fruits, sidste skoledag flødekarameller. Taste is Extreme sweet with Nuts and toffee, slight grainy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3817) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2016
Bottled 2/15. Deep brown with a dense beige head that never gives up an laces well. Aroma of sweet fresh and dried fruit - greengages, golden raisins - butterscotch, Sherry, sweetshop spices, a curious bark note. Silky, lowish carbonation. Very sweet indeed, but plenty of bitterness with spices and woody notes at the end that make you think that 18 months is on the young side. Perhaps the fruity things will shine a little more then but I do quite like the firm bitterness as it is (some burnt notes at the end don’t obviously fit). Boozy but not hot. I’d probably like it more in a year or two.


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