ABT_S54 (322) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2015 50cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours a rich, oily dark amber to garnet colour with no carbonation. Aroma is powerful vanilla, dried fruits, honeyed fruits and sweetness with a clearly high alcohol content. Taste is upfront toffee, with roasted almonds, a fleeting hint of coffee, chocolate, caramelized cashew nuts and very rich Christmas cake. Almost tastes bourbon barrel aged with the level of buttery vanilla richness evident in both the aroma and taste. The only slight criticism (other than the expected lack of carbonation) is the level of sweetness - It needs an extra profile to detract from the sweetness which I think that the barrel aged versions (tobacco?) would achieve with the addition of an earthy or peatiness which I would expect to achieve a more harmonious balance. The closest competitor to this I have tried is Samichlaus which is a simple malt bomb in comparison and a 1986 Thomas Hardy which was too oxidised and a little to heavy on the Madeira as a result. All in all this is a fantastic experience beer and I will look to seek out the other versions.
RickFifty (868) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Open Baladin Rome. Vintage 2012. Golden brown color, no head. Caramel nose, raisins, anise, hint of alcohol and wood. Caramel taste, heavy sweet, wood, rich malty, dried fruit. Full body, flat carbonation, oily texture.
Zoret (160) - Badalona, SPAIN - JUL 5, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Espectacular cervesa envellida fins la perfecció. Aromes bonissims molt llaminers i còrpora increible, sembla cognac però sense notar tant l’alcohol que està molt ben integrat. Brutal!
Stuu666 (8356) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours deep brown, quite like sherry, fruity nose ,fruity, sweet cake taste.
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - JUN 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100 ml from bottle at Baladin Bologna. Dark copper, quite clear, no head at all. Lots of alchool legs, though. Boozy and slightly harsh nose, but I’m not a huge fan of certain aromas. Dark fruits, burnt caramel, molasses and some baked apples reminiscence. Completely different, in a great way, taste wise. Thick and sirupy without being cloying at all. Rich and addicting malt sweetness, lovely fruity edge, ridicolous drinkability considering the ABV. Flat carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture. Probably a 4.5+ beer if I were a fan of boozy beers. Still superb!
Saeglopur (1436) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle at Craft Bier Fest Wien Tasting Sessions.
Dark copper, brownish body, without head.
Liqueur like aroma of dried fruits, cognac, dark berries, caramel.
Taste is also very liqueur like, sweet and sticky, with booze, dried fruits, berries, caramel, chocolate, cognac.
Full, very oily mouthfeel, without any carbonation.
Finishes sweet, boozy, fruity, malty, liqueur like again.
Tasty. Although this is really sweet and sticky, it’s so well balance that it never gets uncomfortable. I propably couldn’t tell this is a beer if I didn’t know it. Completely unique stuff. Still not my favourite from the Xyauyù range.
SkillsFactory (369) - ITALY - APR 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottiglia del 2012, aperta il 18 Aprile 2015.
Mogano scuro con riflessi aranciati, limpida.
Assenza totale di schiuma.
Al naso come al palato molto presente lo cherry e il cacao, molto dolce, note di caramello, sul finale l'alcol scalda la bevuta che risulta estremamente piacevole.
Una "birra non birra" da provare almeno una volta nella vita. (Possibilmente di più).
Complimenti a Teo Musso.
Habanero (3569) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours clear mahagony with a tiny head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruits, wood, vanilla and tobacco notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly bitter with an alcohol bite. Full bodied oily to syrupy texture and flat carbonation. A great Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by jackl at the C’Ville Foxy Knoxy tasting. Slightly hazy copper, no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, mild oxidation. The taste is toffee, caramel, raisin, wood. Medium bodied, low carbonation, boozy, well oxidized.
GenDV138 (4594) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Charlottesville Tasting shared by jackl, thanks! Hazy amber with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, honey, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, maple, apples. Medium-light body with a dry finish.