thmsboyd (67) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - MAR 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle BBE: 12.2013 (Aged). Lightly chilled. Pours a cloudy copper scarlet with a moderate, almost greenish yellow head. Medium intensity aromas of cheese & onion, cat litter, chestnuts, almonds, sweet cherry and cranberry. A subtle red fruit, Christmas Pudding sweetness, swiftly followed by a heavy, blunt bitterness and sourness. Very full body with a thick, chewy texture. Low to medium carbonation and a touch of liquorice in the finish. Overall a delightful, sipping barley wine. Aging doesn’t do much to take the edge off its alcohol punch though.
Hallstein (225) - Skogn, NORWAY - MAR 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark red with a low head. Pretty viscous beer with aromas of caramel, sweet malt, sweet dark fruits, nuts and some slight fruity hoppiness hiding behind the big, bold malt aroma. Flavor has huge caramel, sweet malt, freshly toasted bread, toffee, slight milk chocolate and nuts. The american hops are even more in the background of the flavor. Delicious beer that i will most definitely purchase in the future.
Haavard (15) - NORWAY - MAR 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: sweet malt, prunes, caramel
Palate: sweet, well rounded, "fluffy" feel
Taste: dark fruits, caramel, malty, well balanced
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matbli (100) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 15, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 355ml, pours clear redish with white fast falling head. Aroma of candies, red fruits, flowers and honey with a hint of grapefruit and melon. The taste makes the first impression of being very sweet, but it’s underlined by some delicate bitterness and a refreshing sourness that remains long in the aftertaste. Alcohol is good hidden and it’a very good drinkable. Imo it could be a little less liqueury, but still it’s a very pleasant one.
hskprzemek (4) - - MAR 13, 2015 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drink bottle version. Very nice dark red color. Nice 3/4 inch beige head.
NIce aroma and superb malty flavor. Not to sweet. Superb beer
laakus (54) - Nossebro, - MAR 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
reddish brown color with minimal head. Nose is sweet malty with some perfumish tones. Taste is malty with some fruity tones kicking in especially at the end. Pretty complex finish. Tones of warming alcohol in the end.
Zekada (375) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours amber with a medium white and rich carbonation. Smell has some alcohol, malts, yeast and something that is reminding me of flowers or seeds. Taste is strong and full. Sweet malts, some caramel and syrup, though it could taste even more. Palate is oily and smooth. Overall a pretty nice beer, though it hasn’t anything over the ordinary to offer.
joe19612 (2037) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a thin white head, malty aroma with hints of fruit, taste is malty and fruity with a short sweet finish.
ttoadee (835) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber pour, small quick head. Nose is honey, soft fruit, roasted malt, and a stray hop cone or two. More sweet than bitter. Middle is toffee, apricots, honeydew, and alcohol. Finish is bittersweet warming.
jjsint (1184) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Cherry Reds Cafe. Reddish copper, mostly clear. Carbonation dissipates a bit quickly. Massive alcohol in the aroma, along with cough drop, caramel, nuts, some vegetable. Weird sort of burnt plastic bag smell (ok not that bad) that seems present in a few US ales (Anchor IPA & Founders Centennial). Taste is strong alcohol; everything else comes second. It is sweet with a bitter/sour hoppy aftertaste, but mostly all you get
is the booze. It’s only 10% but I feel like my ears are bleeding. Having said all this, it’s actually not a bad beer per se, just intensely unsubtle.