Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2009
(XIV bottle from OSLO) Pours a dark ruby red with a spotty, thin off-white head that leaves cobweb lacing. Aroma is full of citrus hops, with some malty notes of peanut brittle, a hint of oxidation, and just some light dark fruit. Taste is heavily hopped, with a bit of caramel, peanuts, and a strong bitter grapefruit peel finish that dries the mouth. Hints of oxidation are detected in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is also. Thanks Al! Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2008
XIV Vintage, bottled on 7/10/07 and shared with theisti & tjthresh. It pours a deep burgundy with a thin, creamy beige cap that leaves behind wispy lace; quite pretty. The nose is a beautiful malty blend of dark fruit and both piny and citric hops. Medium bodied up front and thinning later, the palate is slick and almost flat with a dry woody finish. (I’m not sure where Tim & Tom got the assertive carbonation they describe in their reviews. I had first pour from the bottle, and I found it quit subdued.) The flavor is a slight drop-off from the nose. Dark fruity malt with a woody, nutty finish. Nice, but it lacks the complexity of the nose. This is a tasty beer and one worthy of cellaring to see how it might evolve. BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2008 Bottle shared by Crosling, thanks Nick. Poured a deep ruby-brown color with a thin beige head that faded to a layer. Aroma of light caramel, some earthy minerals, and light citrus. Light, sharp malt entry with some metallic mineral taste and caramel leads into a lightly bitter hop presence with some undertones of citrus. Moderate fullness on the palate, nice bite. Decent brew, but doesn’t really seem like a traditional barley wine. Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Deep reddish brown hue with lingering off white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, slight banana esters, sugar, plums. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a nice bitter and slightly astringent following and slight ethanol in the finish. Overall this is a really nice English style Barleywine. tsd08460 (1279) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2016
Aroma: caramel, citrus, dark fruits
Appearance: clear amber with a beige head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, bitter finish,
BiereLuc (1276) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
Bière cuivrée aux reflets rubis, légèrement voilée, coiffée d’une belle mousse crème. Le nez est bien malté, floral et parfumé de houblons. L’alcool est trop présent en bouche, principalement au dépens des saveurs plus maltées. À la fin, il ne reste qu’une forte amertume qui s’étale longuement en arrière-goût. Un très bon produit qui détonne toutefois par rapport à mes préférences dans le style. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Poured from a regular bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a hazy, deep copper and light brown/dark amber color with an average-sized creamy/foamy tan head that had modest retention, but good cling and lacing. Its aroma was predominantly malty with notes of caramel, fig, sugar, candy, and lighter tones of grainy and earthy hops. The taste was powerfully sweet and fruity with notes of caramel, raisin, and a slight touch of grainy bitterness at the finish. It had a creamy, rich body with a good, filling, somewhat-watery mouthfeel and was fairly wet in character with average carbonation and life. GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Thanks to Cmillward for the taste. Pours a clear brown. Aroma of alcohol, dried fruits and dark sugars. Flavor is the same, with a nice alcohol bite. Pretty solid Barleywine. DandyWolfFloyd (1266) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Aroma - sweet caramel malts and some dough, as well as some honey.
Appearance - tenne orange body, with nice nucleation. Head is off-white and starts at 1/2" and fades slowly. The head settles into a nice layer of foam. There is some dappled lacing.
Taste - sweet malt, with burnt sugar, alcohol, some honey, saffron, and Columbus hops.
Palate - body is closer to full than medium, the texture slightly oiled and also slick, the carbonation average, the finish has a some bitter hops and astringent alcohol. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Deep dark ruby color with a small mocha head. Aroma is sweet with a hint of hops. Starts sweet followed by a quick hop bite then a lingering sweet finish.