magdalar (498) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with no head. Smells richly of port or cognac. Tastes sweet, somewhat bitter, but as an undertone. Pine. Pretty much like drinking cognac.
Camons (3702) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, batch # 159. Pours very dark amber with a very fast fading offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, port, dark fruits, oak, light oxidation, alcohol. Flavor is rather sweet with malt, caramel, ripe red grapes, raisins, port, oak, some booze. Medium body, soft carbonation, nice warming alcoholic finish. Nice one. 290413
Ibrew2or3 (5761) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #159 corked and caged 37.5cl green glass bottle opened with a whimper and then poured out with a murky mahogany body supporting a weak mocha head leaving behind sludgy dark yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma offers up brown sugar covered prunes, sweet raisins and plum juice as well as some barrel notes of booze, faint wood and yeast. The taste starts out as brown sugar covered prunes and raisin swamp the early flavor then pick up a Quad like molasses covered spicy yeast quality. Beyond those flavors I find murmurs of booze, a bit of wood and then nectar like dark fruity sweetness taking this into the after taste. This has a really nice mix of notes creating a pleasing harmony.
Palme (2250) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.375l corked bottle #159 from Bierkoning. This is a deep cloudy rusty-red brown one with a near non existing quickly sidesticking bubbly transparent top. Lovely nose with loads of barreled-aromas. Thick sweet and glazed fruity with caramel, slightly sour red currants, traces of tobacco and a strong vinous port wine touch. Smells really nice this! It’s really gentle on the carbonation - near flat actually but some soft prickling on back of the tongue and the mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and almost a bit watery. Lovely flavors though! It’s a English style barley with a lovely spicy woody and vinous touch. The port shines through all the soft herbal and spicy flavors. Not overwhelmingly sweet in any way, actually a bit of the opposite and it has a good amount of oxidation on the taste. Ends with a nice warming and peppery aftertaste A great flavorful little treat full of flavor. 24.01.2013
fantti (440) - FINLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ulkonäöltä samean ruskea ja niukkavaahtoinen. Haju on käyneen viininen, hapan, marjainen, voinen ja vähän vaniljaa. Maku on suklainen, hieman alkoholinen, maltainen, ruisleipäinen, makea ja hieman hapan. Suutuntuma täyteläinen. Kokonaisuutena jopa pilaantuneen hajuinen, mutta hienon makuinen olut, kannatti kokeilla,
lefossoyeur (367) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany with no head. Superb flowery aromad, vinous notes, dark fruits, a bit plummy. Almost full body, vinous, long warming finale of cocoa and coca cola. Loved it. Tasted side by side with a westvleteren , I think I prefered this one!
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Cranberry jam, wood, oxidation and alcohol warmth meld before leaving the palate with a surprisingly lean, subtle finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a ring of foam around the graceful plum-like mahogany.
-Caramel notes are light for a Barley Wine.
-Peach skin and apple fruitiness also appears here and there.
-Carbonation is very low.
-The finish is a tad too storyless for my tastes in contemplative strong brews.
KingCecil (1806) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home.... It pours murky brown with no head...... The aroma is prunes, vinous, caramel and hops...... The flavor is vinous, some alcohol, dark fruits, caramel, bit sour notes, and hops....
Svesse (5197) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Clear brownish read colour with brief, beige head. Fruity, vinous nose with dried fruit, caramel, red berries, port wine and oak wood. Malty, fruity taste with notes of caramel, red fruit, port wine, a touch of chocolate, hints of oak wood and a slightly vinous finish with a warming touch of alcohol. There’s a slight oxidization, but that just seems to add to the complexity and balance. Almost full body, with a certain caramel sweetness. Quite well balanced and very taste. Excellent beer.
Meilby (4467) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 375ml @ Fairbar, Aarhus, Denmark
Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, alcohol and floral. Taste is heavy sweet and light bitter with a long caramel, oak and warming finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.