Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a corked bottle at Open Baladin, Roma, 10/02/13.
Lightly hazed chestnut brown with no head.
Nose is rich with dark fruits, raisens, dates, wood, prunes, brown sugars, almond, booze - but kept well in check and not overpowering.
Taste comprises dark fruits, dark toffee fudge, woody tones, prunes, brown sugars, dates, booze.
Full bodied, no carbonation, dry and boozey in the finish.
An excellent well balanced barley wine, the alcohol is expertly integrated for a 13.5% beer!
finol (1975) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours heavy dark amber without any head.
Heavy sweet, mead like brew. Taste of honney, plums and other dried fruits.
hirigalzkar (2111) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2004). Pours a elegant redbrown color with no head (looks potent). Sweet, honey-like, aroma with notes of flowers and chocolate. Taste has got the same kind of sweetness. It also has a delicious earthy, strawberry seeds kind of note. Aftertaste reminds me of a liquor filled chocolate bonbon. Incredible smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied. Very similar to a sweet polish mead actually.
Dorqui (2056) - Brescia, ITALY - JAN 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 0,50L. Dark brown color, much carghed with a medium foamy head resistance. Very complex nose, notes of roast cask, resin, caramel, hop and liquor Marsala. Powerfull and overpowering acoholic body, much smooth, mellow, fraught and candy. Realy exaggerated for my mouth.
Hirotoma (471) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 25, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Stupenda! Devo ringraziare il mio amico Roberto di Astral beers a Bolgna che me l’ha fatta assaggiare!
travita (3693) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is alcohol, toffee, candy, sweet, and malts. The look is amber in color, no head, legs. The taste is sweet, alcohol, toffee, wood, and oxidation, but good.
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Corked 750 shared by Marcus. Pours clear brown with no head. Aroma is oaky and vinous. Full bodied. Flavor is vinous, wood and smooth brown sugar. A beautiful sipper. Finishing sweet. Nice.
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours clear orange brown with no head and a strong vanilla and oak aroma. There is a very sweet thick molasses flavor with a slightly bitter finish and a warm alcohol trail. Very dilicious.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In bottle, thanks Craig. Pours a beautiful ruby colour with no head. Aroma of raisins, Christmas cake, alcohol, coconut, chocolate and caramel. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Alcohol is quite prominent with lingering coconut, honey and alcohol again. Lovely. I prefer this to the silver label. A little sweet to finish.
BenH (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Thanks Craig. Dark amber brown. fruity caramel toffee aroma, slightly spiced. Similar taste, fruity spiced malt. cookie dough. Faltered and sweet. Very nice and balanced. Prefer to the the silver.