Benzai (11854) - 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 (5275) - 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 (2243) - ’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 (5272) - 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!
AdamChandler (4049) - 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.
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Med ölföreningen julen 2013. Smak och doft romrussin, kontaktlim, likör, vanilj, madeira, fatkaraktär och marsipan. Oljig, rund, len men alldeles för sötsliskig vilket drar ner den intensiva smakupplevelsen.
kaser (4908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Eataly. Part of a flight. Red brown color. Carmel color. Carmel taste. Has an offensive smell like rotten plums. Taste was surprisingly good. Carmel candy sweet warm. Enjoyable but not too much of it please.
AndySnow (5969) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Dark amber colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Sweet fruit, caramel, nuts, vanilla, raisin.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Raisin, dried fruit, caramel, vanilla, malt, plum.
JBPortland (1374) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours clear pale brown with no head. Nose is huge dark fruit, raisin, plum, swirling mix of aromas and a touch of heat. Smells amazing! Taste is super rich creamy dark fruit and complex earthy toffee, caramel. Finish is semi-sweet and fruity with hints of warmth. Could chew on a pour of this for a while. Complex, delicious!
Lukaduke (2853) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep sienna dull golden color with a trace of gaseous bubbles rising. The nose is full of heavy oxidized notes, old paper, sea salt caramel, leather, smoked cheesecloth, fig. The palate follows with a long silky flavor that matches the nose nicely but progresses with delicate balance. Rich sweet yet elegant. Boozy dates stuffed with buttery paper and drizzled with sea salt caramel sauce... touch of umami quality late in the flavor draws out a slow lingering finish.