jackafholmes (827) - - JUN 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from brewdog bar, Sheffield. Maroon with white head. Aroma of treacle, liquorice and chewy bready malts. Taste is deep umami and tangy sweetness with long lasting after bitterness. Full bodied with oil and medium carb. Very good beer.
jamesewelch (233) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, poured into 16oz tulip glass
Aroma: sweet, almost bourbon-like, alcohol, toffee, maybe butterscotch, slight vanilla
Appearance: brown, cloudy, minimal tan head
Taste: medium sweet, slight bitterness on finish
Palate: medium to full body, average carbonation
Overall: Was taking a NZ friend on a tour of local store, he pointed out that this was from one of the NZ breweries and since I can’t remember ever having a NZ beer before, I picked it up. Very boozy. Have no idea how old the bottle is, could have sat on the shelf for a year or more. Interesting brown color with loads of barrel/oak flavors. Big aroma and taste of alcohol. Very smooth, no harsh bite, but a big ABV. A very nice high ABV, oak barrel aged beer.
ALLOVATE (2724) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good year in the bottle it is high time to crack this one. At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Settles a shady and misted deep chestnut with a well held, cappuccino foam atop. A hint of play doh™ precedes some hefty, peated whisky notes that are boozy and piercingly spicy. There is oak, vanillin, burnt caramel and nutty toffee, savoury dried fruit like raisins and muscatels but it is that aroma of Islay Singles that dominates. Viscous and oily body. Quite some depth. A lot of that aroma coming through with huge whisky notes (not a whisky barrel aged beer so weird!) with vanillin, oak, blackbutt honey and fortified port-like notes. Woody nutty and earthy mid-palate. Long, smoky and peated finish with enough booze to give you heart-burn. A lengthy ale and quite an adventure but one was enough. (33cL, no date stamp, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear, rusty brown with no head. Aromas of caramel, oak, and forest floor. Flavours of caramel, oak and a hint of smoke. Surprisingly little alcohol until late in the finish.
Aggiebob (450) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 12, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a hazy reddish hue with an off white head. The aroma was spicy and fruity, while the initially sweet taste had the flavor of fruit, spices and caramel. The finish was slightly bitter and lasting. It had a medium body and a slightly creamy and thick feel on the tongue. The alcohol content is well hidden.
jmgreenuk (6193) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a crystal clear deep mahogany with a thin broken white head. The aroma is resin hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a woody resin citrus hop palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Lovely and smooth and the alcohol is well hidden.
Bule (1406) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours a brown color without any head. Very low carbonation. Lots of sticky malt sweetness. A bit of alcohol harshness. Mild oakiness.
ansjelaah (1746) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. Brown color with no head. Smells malty, roasty, some hop and barley wine. Smells alchohol, barley wine, roasty, dark malts, hops, almond, sweet, nice. Taste is the same.
DutchDrebus (5109) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Brown colour with no real head. Smells barley wine, roasty, dark malts, hops, almond, sweet, nice. Taste is the same as smell with a touch of alcohol. Very nice. Full body, soft carbo.
Gramoit (378) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big on everything, great with a hearty meal. Wood and smokey flavours take a nice back seat. Big malt