MartinT (8987) - 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 (2081) - 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 (7680) - 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 (10582) - 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.
yngwie (16315) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 375ml corked. A quite sparkling beer, amber in color and with a small, beige head on top. Malty-sweetish aroma, quite fruity, both of dried and fresh fruits, and with some caramel. There’s some notes of higher alcohol in the flavor, as well as fresh fruits, caramel sweetness and dried fruits. Maybe a bit heavy on the carbonation, but still pleasant. Full-bodied and slighlty warming. Certainly a tasteful and pleasant one. 111209
gunnfryd (13850) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, grain, yeast. Flavour is sweet, white wine, malt, alcohol, vineous, caramel, yeast. Nice beer.
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Erzbierschof.ch - pours a cloudy brown beer with an immediate vanishing foam; very malty aroma with notes of plums, marzipan and cheese (?!), some hints of herbs and tea in the background; thick and full-bodied; very sweet, slightly dry and decently bitter; long malty aftertaste with fresh notes of grapefruit and pine needles - unusual and a bit confusing
laiti (7887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
37,5 cl bottle @ home. Batch #159, BBE 02/2020
Aroma is rather strong with wine-like oaky and cherry notes. Also hints of vanilla. Flavour is strong on oak. Also some candi sugar and sour notes. Unusual and interesting.
olio (8794) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Batch #159. BBE 02/2020.
Pours beautiful red color with minimal head. Aroma of sugar candy, malts, caramel, ripe fruits, plum and berries. Flavour of sugar candy, ripe fruits, plums, oak, some red wine notes and earth. Complex brew.
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml bottle. BBE 01/2020. Batch #159.
Pours a deep amber colour with a small head on the edges. Aroma of strong wood, tannine and toffee. Flavour of strong caramel malts, candi sugar, strong wood, tannine, toffee, some hops and weak berries. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long warming finish with alcohol and some sweet berries. Tannine is present in the finish as well. Too sweet but the barrel smoothens the flavour a bit.