bhensonb (11130) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is a bit medicinal. With a chocolate hint. Or is there anise? Difficult. Med + body. Flavor is strong hop - earthy/citrus, moving on to some brown sugar, then to a woody astringency, then to something really earthy. Finishes with an anise hint in the nose with each sip, but quite non-anise. I think I’m finally getting a light smoke - sort of like the liquid smoke available in stores. This is a very challenging ale to dissect. Really good tho.
Chrishrt30 (98) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour dark amber almost brown, no real head or carbonation.
String roasted malt and whiskey aromas. Molasses, raisin,oak make it a rich solid beer.
Thick and fruity, upfront is a Christmas cake like fruit and sugar, but following that is a woody malty, chocolate beer.
Smooth finish, like a nice liquor, smokey malts and fruit hop bitterness round this great beer out.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Cantabrian (834) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a such a lovely treat from Jimthechap. The beer pours dark reddish copper, very crystal translucid, raising incredible aromas of a malt base, of course, but with plenty of cloying sweet treats such as honey and maple syrup. There is a peaty flavour to it, actually running just below the main alcohol vein. Peat and whisky on the flavours, above a vast malty bed. The beer feels a bit resinous, quite nice. There’s only the whisky element to stop one from pillaging this bottle more at ease. I would have called it a Barley Wine, but perhaps I do not know enough of both sytles.
Jimthechap (1663) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted alongside my learned friend Cantabrian. There is a gorgeous roseat ruby colour and a white head that gains a thoroughly unusual full set of appearance marks from me. The aroma is almost medicinal with stewed rhubarb, cherryvite, red licorice, mahogany and rosewood. The aroma is complex, intriguing and inviting. Its body is thick and oily with sweetness and astringent bitternesss that adds to the growing sense of well-being and satisfaction. The finish is lengthy with berry loveliness.
Just wow. A beautiful beer and one to add to the long list of 8 Wired beers to cellar.
bmeup (520) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mighty ale indeed and much like a Barley Wine.....kinda! anyway apart from all the "little pinky out" bullshit it’s a good one.
Ibrew2or3 (6926) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle, which is actually double bottle capped and I have never seen or even heard of this before, pours with a clear deep ruby red body that supports a light tan head. The aroma offers up sweet musty prunes and figs as well as pine nuanced caramel malts and a mineral sense at the end of the draw. There’s surprisingly little of the big 11% ABV coming through. The taste is very barleywine like with sweet malts and sticky pine hops, some caramel malts and then murmurs of cherry and prune sweet fruity esters in the background. There is a hop note in there too but I’m struggling to put words to it. There’s lingering pine hops that show up into the after taste. Like the nose the booziness is well restrained in this big big beer. Dandy sipper.
Theydon_Bois (8743) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Bruce’s new pad, thanks to Josh, 15/10/13.
Lightly hazed dark amber with a moderate beige head.
Nose is dark toffee, booze, brown sugars, a little harsh and raw.
Taste is a little more refined encapsulating dark toffee, light spice, grain, gin notes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, drying conclusion with boozey notes.
ShaneJ (522) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Plonk. Dark amber-brown, minimal head, lots of lacing, burnt toffee, caramel lollies, earthy hops, woody, slightly smoky, alcohol warmth, slick, oily. Not bad.
jonnyguns (914) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Nice lacing clinging around the glass. Nose showcases string toffee and caramel malt tones with tropical hops. Nice element of sweetness in there, must be the oak aging. Taste shows more of the sweetness initially felt in the nose. Toffee malts and citrus hops coming through. Creamy mouthfeel, booze is felt. Pretty different beer but I'm happy with this one!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2013 [ Blue Session ]. - Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013, Sparta Hallen, Gunnar Nu Hansens Plads 11, 2100 Copenhagen, Denmark
Unclear medium to dark amber orange colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, nutty, caramel, dried fruit, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, grass. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light heavy bitter with a long duration, hoppy, caramel, dried fruit, dry. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.