Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 29, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Tasted right after Westy 12, which I had expected was going to blow this beer out of the water, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it did not. Not only did I find this fruity, slighlty sour, complexly malty beer delicious, but it legitimately competed with Westy as to which was the better beer. Dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is of yeast esters -- lots of spice, clove, nutmeg, banana, dried cherries, raisins, etc. Malty, bready flavor with a slight roast to it. Incredible yeast ester profile. Everything that’s in big trappists is there. Banana, clove, citrus, raisin, dates, figs, dried cherries. In addition, there is a good amount of chocolate malt and some serious roast to it. There is a slight background sourness that helps balance the beer very nicely. Dry finish. Solid beer, even without the Westy hype.
mikem409 (1735) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color is deep orange with frothy khaki head. Aroma of orange peel and caramel. Taste is sweet thick toffee. Lots of sticky brown sugar malt.
BenH (2737) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chestnut red brown with tan head. Aroma of dried fruit, raisin, prune, dates. Taste of caramel, toffee, dried fruit. Sweet and quite bitter.
davidtjm (660) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at BrewDog Nottingham. Pour is amber with no head, aroma is fruity, caramel, strong alcohol. Taste is sweet, fruity, caramel, alcohol. Excellent
crazy_cat_lady (179) - - FEB 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from citybeer in SF. Dark reddish brown with off white head. Head dissipated pretty quickly. Aromas of cherries, brandy, toffee, caramel; similar flavours. Tastes like an AleSmith. Probably my favourite from all the brought back from SF.
Bammers54 (69) - Camberely, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft, Brew Dog Birmingham, really well constructed barley wine style, quiet alcoholic on the taste, but with enough malt and hop to keep it balanced. Lots going on throughout start to finish, very well put together
AndyW68 (1184) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 6, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wish I had more. Opera pour with minimal white head. Aroma and taste are sweet toffee, cherry and apple. Great beer.
Mittenator (1482) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber thanks to RespertFTW. Dark copper with a large, beige head. Mild toffee and grape aromas. Vanilla and grape.
evergreen0199 (2196) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog, Shepherd’s Bush, London. A copper coloured pour with a thin off white head on top. Sweet, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes sweet, caramel, yeasty, dark fruit. Quite Belgian in character.
The_Osprey (2399) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Brewdog. Dark brick red, small ring of white head. Aroma is a bit weird - I’m mostly getting broccoli or kale. Body is medium, slightly foamy, medium carbonation. Taste is like a sour brown initially, white bread, big sweet toffee malt, no alcohol presence. Certainly very drinkable for the ABV.
Rob_D_UK (1090) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin white head. Smell is alcohol up front. Peppery spices taste.