PhillyCraft (4270) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap, red brown pour with very tiny beige head and lacing. Aromas and taste of oak, cheese, pitted fruits, raspberry caramel and roasty malts. Finish was a little cloying but still tolerable in such a small glass. Not bad.
jackl (5919) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Borefts 2012. The pour’s hazy read with a tiny off-white head. The nose is concentrated cherry sweetness, some fruit leather, nutty cheese. The taste is very fruity. Generous amounts of raspberry jam, soft wood. Lovely, smooth. Very nice.
Abio (1809) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown-amber coloured beer, need some head. Mostly roasted malts, some caramel, dark fruits and spices. Nothing to get excited about.
MaartenRF10 (1743) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ BBF’12
Hazy dark amber, no head. Barley wine aroma, though only mild. Taste has white wine notes. Low carbo, good body. Bit dry.
Iphonephan (4768) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Borefts Bier Festival 2012, Brouwerij de Molen, day one. Pours rosy brown with no head. Notes of peaches, banana and toffee. Sweet finish.
cgarvieuk (18090) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at deb molen ...b copper brown ... thin lacving ... so0ft sweet toffee malt nose... juicy fruits ... soft toffee roast .. soft roast ... juicy malts ... mellow soft and smooth... quite sweet ... mellow toffee malts
deyholla (8573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a good amount of white wine coming through with some heavy fruits and a good amount of sweet grains and caramel. Flavor starts with some sweetness from caramel but has fruits throughout and a bit of vinous notes from the barrel in the finish. Completely flat and could have used a touch of carbonation.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque and almost completely still with a minimal bubbly head that immediately fades away. No retention or any lacing to speak of.
Vinous, boozy aroma with a strong barrel presence that’s countered by dark fruit and sweet malt. Really boozy smelling with some dry oak and a prominent red wine presence. Some toasted oak with a strong grape character followed by burnt sugars, cinnamon, caramel, toffee, plum and fig.
Medium bodied and slightly syrupy with a blast of sweet, boozy heat that gives way to the barrel character and sweet malt notes as it warms. Subtle toasted oak and coconut but the wine presence is really strong with lots of grape, currant and other dark berries. Underneath, there is some burnt sugar, caramel and toffee with some more vinous dark fruit toward the finish. As the palate adjusts, the heat becomes less intense but it remains incredibly sweet.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
August 19, 2012 at The Craft Beer Co. - courtesy of/shared with harrisoni (!!!!) - green 375ml bottle. Slightly hazy coppery-red with a large and lasting frothy off-white head. Smells like ... dry wheat, alcohol, oak, vanilla, sweet malt and some sweet cordial or heavy wine (I do not know from Montbazillac). Taste follows, same elements, but better - more oak, move liveliness - 8+ (and what IS that character, armanac, benedictine? whatever, it’s nice. Slick, average body, decent carbonation, a bit of dry barrel funk in the finish, but mostly delicate and lovely, amazing for a 15% beer.
Nocturne (1302) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Dark amber with a lasting ring of head. Toffee, dates and plums are prominent on the nose. The wine barrel is noticeable in the aroma and it also lends a kind of vanilla/rum/white chocolate vibe through similarity. Through all of this there’s some booze harshly cutting its way through. The taste is sweet, sticky caramel and more white wine barrel. Finishes sweet and fruity and often quite harshly with charred oak and alcohol heat. Will be too sweet for many people I suspect, but as a dessert beer I found it ticked all the right boxes.