Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In short: A boring lifeless syrupy sipper.
How: Bottle 330ml, corked & caged, consumed with some age on it but more more than 6 years before expiration date.
The look: Cloudy dirty-bronze body with no head to speak of.
In long: Nose is alcohol fumes, old wood barrels soaked by some kind of hard-liquor, cardboard, overripe fruits. In mouth the beer feels pretty lifeless, syrupy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Sweet jam made with overripe red fruits, caramel, cardboard, sherry, old wood, port wine, alcohol heat. Consumed 6.5 years before expiration date but my bottle showed signs of oxidation and quite a bit of maderisation. Not offensive per say, strangely this 12% wasn’t even aggressive enough to be offensive, it was just very boring. Pretty sad to think it took centuries of wars and genocides so we can arrive at a point where I can spend my days typing on a keyboard in a cubicle to acquire currency that I then exchange for a beer like this.
SlackerMads (855) - DENMARK - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle batch 159, best before 02-2020, thanks Papsø. Clear chestnut brown with a small off white head that quickly vanishes leaving just a rim of foam. Caramel, dark dried fruits, port wine, light wood, brown sugar, light cocoa. Medium body, medium sweet and bitter, near flat carbonation, a bit thin oily texture. Pretty soft with no alcohol showing. Light sweet finish with lingering oxidized notes. Very pleasant barley wine that is quite drinkable as it doesn’t feel big or boozy.
Countbeer (3668) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Thanks Papsø: Batch 159: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Dark orange pour. Smaller sized, sparkling and lively and fairly quick disappearing off white to light beige foamy head on top of a hazy almost brown colored beer.
Aroma is a strange mix: there’s rotten wood, old plums with dust and iron, some raisin, oat, alcohol, some berries, leather, light vinous notes, earth, tabacco, hint of vanilla, toffee and some plums.
Flavours of old wet darker wood, malts, dust, earth, some port, alcohol, malts, porridge, some berries, bourbon, vanilla, hint of wet cellar, liquorice wood, some toast, hay and cream.
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, malts, wood, porridge, liquorice wood, warmth, alcohol, honey, earth and light spicy liquor notes.
Low carbo, spicy yet soft mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
Rotten wood dominates, unbalance it, but there’s also some bice things to discover. Strange beer, did not expect this!
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at THE FESTIVAL 2013 in Maine with Andrew, Jay and Kramer. Pours a deep, dark mahogany body with dark brown head and minor lacing. Aroma is vanilla and rich caramel candy, dark fruit, light sweet chocolate, oak and booze. Mouthfeel is medium to full with rich notes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel syrup, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, molasses and booze. This and the pale ale were the stand outs for me.
humlelala (813) - DENMARK - JUN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(sample at tasting with Mark, Kasper and Sandra) Pours a semi-clear dark amber with little white head. Decent retention. Aroma is port wine, a bit of toffee and malt. Oily texture, medium carbonation, full body and a sweet finish. Flavour is moderately sweet with barrel notes. Pleasant but probably even more enjoyable in the winter.
magdalar (513) - 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 (4519) - 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 (6207) - 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 (2700) - 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 (582) - 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,