jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-07-08. Dark amber brown body headless. Aroma is rich and sweet malt, dark fruit. 7++ Flavour is similarly sweet, richly malty. Smooth medium bodied palate, no carbonation, syrupy. Lovely, deserving of more detailed notes than I gave it unfortunately. Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh
djd07 (4587) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a clear copper with no head. The aroma is strong caramel, dark fruit, figs. Thin mouthfeel with strong dark fruit, figs, oak, strong booze.
blankboy (6364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle at Mondial 2014, Montreal] Pours an oily-looking dark brown with no head. Aroma: Wow! Soy sauce, chocolate, wood, red wine, dark fruit, hops, molasses and so much more -- complex and awesome. Flavour is also "wow", with soy sauce, maple syrup and all the aforementioned stuff. Alcohol’s there but pretty well hidden considering the abv. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. Amazing.
Countbeer (4910) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ DVMBBT:
No head. Cloudy ruby colored beer.
Aromas of prunes, some leather, some wood, molasses,
Flavours of prunes, sweets, brown sugars, caramel, light sweet barley malts, some bitters, some raisin, light cardboard sweets
Aftertaste is a mix of prunes, malts, some oatmeal, barley malts and some silky darker fruits.
Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy silky texture.
ansjelaah (1564) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ van moll tasting. Brown color and no head. Smells and tastes sweet, sirup, cherry, no carbo.
Benzai (9359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Van Moll Tasting shared by Joes. Clear dark amber / deep red color, no head. Aroma has malts, sweetness, sweet malts, raisins, prumes, molasses. Taste is very sweet, sweet malts, sweet raisins, alcohol, wood, liquor. Sticky, syrupy texture, medium to full body and carbonation. Wow, heavy beer.
DutchDrebus (4423) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ proeftafel Van Moll. Amber colour no head. Smells molasses, sweet, syrup, apple, cider. Tastes sweet, molasses, syrup, very sweet, raisins. Medium body, soft carbo. Very sweet.
Abijen (1551) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an dark orange beer with a small white head. Smells molasses, very sweet. Tastes very sweet. Syrup, molasses. Way too sweet. Low carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.
AirForceHops (3776) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage released in 2013. Deep ruby color flat carbonation. Aroma is big alcohol with port wine, oak barrel and thick syrupy dark fruit.
Flavor is crazy. The depth of flavor is unreal. Honey, sherry, fruity esters of raisin, dates and figs. Light hints of barley and the oxidized just long enough. I like my barely wine at least 2 years old, maybe I need to hold them longer because this is insanely smooth. Yet not many breweries hold their barley wine in oak for two years. Full body with a sweet character without being cloying. This is way beyond anything I that I’ve had in the style. This is 14 % and I don’t taste any alcohol, unreal!
AdamJackson (3080) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Vintage on the bottle. Bought this at Binny’s in Chicago. I think it was $45. Split 3 ways on AirForceHops’ 2700th rate!!!!
A - The most sherry / port looking beer. Lots of mahogany and blood red. Totally still, great clarity but no head / bubbles at all.
S - Nose is really awesome. It has that super insane caramelized sugar due to that very long boil. Tobacco, bay leaves, hearty fruit cake.
T - This is incredibly sweet but not overpowering or like I can’t finish a glass but in this maple syrup drizzled on biscotti with capers and dried figs put into a blender with a dash of vanilla, cocoa and horse antlers. wow.
M - Very thin, very slick, oily and the booze is not overpowering, nor do oak tannins totally overwhelm.
O - It’s great that it’s flat, it’s oily. The touch of child tears and zebra snot really pull it together. Let’s keep this up, babies.