AdiBeer (2127) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: intense malts, caramel, toffee, molasses, light oak. Appearance: clear brown, no head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: sweet, dark fruits, caramel, oily, heavy bread malts. Overall: very nice Barley Wine, excellent palate, nice fruitiness. Bottle at The Italian Job, Chiswick.
23Skidoo (24) - SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good, if a bit too sweet. No head, no carbonation. Despite being 14%, no alcohol taste at all, only a warming effect. Rum, maple syrup, caramel, dried dark fruit, plum jam. So thick that it reminds of cough medicine a bit, but in a good way. Basically, more like a dessert wine than a beer. Works well with blue cheese.
BrianWillum (222) - København S., DENMARK - JUL 27, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown, transparent beer with a very little head that fastly disappears. Odour is great with hints of oak, raisins and chocolate-liqueur. The taste lives up to the fine odour with a taste of mead, chocolate and raisins combined with a good warm feeling and a perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness.
GlassBrass440 (290) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a dark brown with hints of red. No head. Big boozy, fruity (grape skin, plum, date), and vanilla nose. Flavours were similar. Sweet flavours but despite the low IBU it wasn’t cloying. Full bodied and warming. No carbonation level. I’ve never tasted a beer like this. If I were told it was port, I would have believed it.
luttonm (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Open Baladin, Rome. Vanilla and maple notes, some caramel and grape skin. Rich rum caramel flavors, complex, sweet, coating. Slight medicinal quality, as it is basically uncarbonated. Alc present, but very pleasant. Raisins in rum. Lots of Amaretto. Tasty, and a treat.
dambor (173) - Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 15, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours ruby with no head and no carbonation. Aroma: raisins, rum, vanilla, a touch of soil. Taste: perfectly balanced sweetness, barrel rum taste, vanilla. Both aroma and taste are super intensive. This beer clearly goes beyond on what I till now perceived as barley wine. It is really hard to classify.
daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour, light head. Sweet flavors of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla and snickerdoodle cookies.
BenH (3023) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Giuseppe. Pours a glowing ruby red. Aroma of vanilla, sherry, dried fruits. Taste of vanilla, caramel, sherry, dried fruits, prune, raisins. Sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Very smooth and balanced.
GlasgowTAD (590) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a caramel brown. Aroma is caramel, toffee and slight vanilla. Taste is caramel, toffee, sweet toffee apple and oak.
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... HUGE thanks BenH ... copper ... no head ... soft toffee fruit toffee nose ..massive sweet malts .. soft otffee .llight sherry .. massive toffee fruit .. big oxidisation ... soft sweet fruit ... mellow toffe malt ... ligth bitter .. soft oak