Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter. Huge dark malt, rich, lots of melanoidin and dark fruit.ight vanilla. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Taste is sticky sweet. Moderate dark fruit as well. Nice
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque brown, thin sticky limber of a head. Nose is gritty caramel, sawdusty choc. Initial taste is gloopy choc, blackberry and lean dark pepper. Soft and sticky mouthfeel. Finishes clean dark berry and dark roastiness and lingers out as a rich sweetness.
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to sir Mike of Wright. Near black with little to no head. Aroma is heavily oxodised, sherry, dried fruit, prunes, raisins, dates. Taste is similar, sherry, dried fruits, prunes, raisins. Sweet. Delish
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the 1st Annual Christmas at The Garvie’s tasting 2015. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Taste is boozy, light sweet chocolate finish.
GlasgowTAD (841) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black with a slight brown head. Aroma is roasty, nutty and caramelly. Taste is earrthy, caramel, slight hop bitter, smooth cocoa. Full bodied. Big thanks to BenH!
cgarvieuk (18566) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... christmas 2015 tasting ... dark brown ... thin tan lacing ... soft sweet toffee malts .. soft toffee malt nose ... soft sweet malts ... soft sweet berries .. soft toffee .. dark roast .. sweet berries soft sweet malts ..
Stuu666 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours black, nose is toffee, chocolate, cacao, taste is similar, sweet, chocolate, toffee.
portableparty (2248) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle. Pours a dark mahogany murky thin khaki soapy head that settles to a wispy film and sudsy collar. Aroma is sweet burnt caramel malt soft faded wood and leather. Taste is faded brunt caramel oak English malt with lingering wood chips.... Possible oxidation. Whiskey oak wood very mild and hidden, aroma is still nice as well as taste, but showing the 4 years.
FlandersNed (371) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Cloudy ruddy brown hue. Musty old malt/dried fruit nose. Caramel & aged stone fruit flavor w/oxidization hints. Full bodied, medium- carbonation.
koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 22 oz bottle, 2011 vintage. The pour is a nice dark ruby with a thinner light tan head ans minimal lacing. The aroma is really big on dark fruits. Specifically raisins and figs. There is also a strong roasted maltiness, caramel, and toffee. There is a surprising amount of booze on the back end. The flavor is a little boozy up front. The dark fruits and malt really move through the back end. The mouth feel is thick and viscous, and perfectly carbonated. The aftertaste is lingeringly boozy with great fruit and toffee traces.