FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle (300e of overpriced beer tasting) (Alus Celle, Riga)
Huge bourbon aroma, sweet and vanillaey, not so in balance, I’m really not getting any beer. Very full palate. Way too dominated by the whisky, and there’s even a fair bit of retronasal booze. Not enough beer, too much barrel. Finish, however, is nicely dry and woody. Even a bit walnutty. Ah, whatever - I forgive it on purely hedonistic grounds.
JStax (5222) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Thanks! The beer is a clear amber with a splotchy white head. The aroma has rye, caramel, wood, and pilsen malt. A bit astringent. Big body and moderate carbonation.
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle via trade. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head that settles into a ring. Notes of caramel, toffee, oak, rye whiskey, dried fruits (dates, figs, raisins), toast, dried leaves, vanilla, and mellow spice. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and smooth, warming, sweet, malty mouthfeel. Big, bold, sweet, rich barley wine and a nice barrel treatment to boot. Worked well for me.
shrubber85 (10678) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (phaleslu keeps bringing out the big guns). Caramel malt and rye whisky aroma. Amber with moderate head. Sweet caramel malt, rye whisky, and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Nice balance.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ phaleslu’s cinci tasting. Shared by phaleslu -- thanks again, Peter! Clear orange amber red color, a bit darker. Thin off-white head. Loose bits of lace. Interesting dark fruit, toasty malt, kind of peppery, and some rye whiskey, for sure. Medium to bigger body. Smooth kind of soft lighter carbonation. Light dry finish. Bitter taste, with a bit of heat on the back end. More dry finish. Solid rye whiskey barleywine. Big flavor, yeah, but I’d appreciate a bit more subtlety. Pretty damn big and assertive.
martjoobolut (3005) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with beige head. Aroma is sweet, bourbon, caramel. Flavor is sweet, caramel, malt, bourbon, vanilla. Finish is sweet and bourbon with some bitterness. Overall: very good.
mjs (6466) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l - bottled on 19 September 2013, thanks FatPhil, 20150926) The beer poured dark brown and clear. Its head was small and white. Aroma had vanilla, wood, malts and sweetness. Palate was full bodied, warming and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were vanilla, sweetness, malts, wood and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, woody and bitter. A good brew bit too boozy and woody.
suurjuust (2854) - ESTONIA - SEP 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown beer, small tan head. Nose is bourbony, I suppose this is the rye whiskey, oak, vanilla, caramel. Flavor is caramel and whiskey, booze notes, oak and vanilla. Finishes with booze and caramel, hops. Simpler then expected, but still pretty nice.
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours murky brown nice khaki head. Toffee vanilla aroma. Taste bitter hop sweet fruit cake and sugar
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/21/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Amber pour with a small khaki head, mild lacing. Toffee aroma, fruitcake, light whiskey, spice, bready, caramel. Nice flavor, sweet, but not too much, light spice, whiskey, vanilla, oak, toffee. Tasty!