Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, vintage 2005) Deep reddish amber colour. Flat, with no head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of dried fruit, molasses, burnt sugar, caramel and vinous hints of Madeira. Malty, fruity taste with dried fruit, caramel, raisins, dark wood aged rhum, chocolate, burnt sugar, molasses, cherries in brandy and a warming vinous finish with a lasting alcohol glow. Full body with an oily, syrupy texture. Very sweet with fairly low bitterness. Excellently balanced barley wine with focus more on sweet malt and alcohol rather than a high hop profile. Lovely beer.
GRM (2938) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Olive bottle, in a cardboard box, 50 cl, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on January 29 2011; eye: dirty brown with a caramel hue, turbid, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: plum, caramel, liquorice, light alcohol, brown sugar; mouth: plum, caramel, liquorice, light alcohol, brown sugar, alcohol warmth, finale in malt with presence of maple syrup, medium body, almost no carbonation, rather sweet, liqueur-like texture; overall: quite interesting
Bouteille olive, dans un emballage carton, 50 cl, 2007, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 29 janvier 2011; œil : brune sale avec une teinte caramel, trouble, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : prune, caramel, réglisse, léger alcool, cassonade; bouche : prune, caramel, réglisse, léger alcool, cassonade, chaleur d’alcool, finale en malt avec présence de sirop d’érable, corps moyen, presque pas de carbonatation, plutôt sucrée, texture liquoreuse; en résumé : très intéressante
czar (4159) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 pours dark copper, slight haze, no head. dark fruits, figs, plums, sweet caramel toffee, grassy hoppy finish along with the sweetness. moderate to low carbonation, full body - oily and sticky, grassy finish. a much refined version of samichlaus, lol. very enjoyable, but just few sips!
gemmat5 (20) - Cuneo, ITALY - DEC 22, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I never drunk this kind of beer before. Amazing body, the taste is incredibly deep and strong. Well done Teo!
jtclockwork (8025) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. Pours cloudy brown. Nose of fig, toffee, caramel apple and light earth. Taste is complex: Sweet caramel apple and tea initially then blending with chocolate covered cherries, light warming alcohol and a strong toffee and dark fruit finish.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Smells like a brandy, also smells like samichlaus. Lots of malty flavors, dates, raisins, plums. Hot alcohol.
Appearance:Dark burgundy in color. Lots of sediment floating around.
Taste:This is hugely sweet. Hazelnuts, raisins, dates, and maple syrup.
Palate:Hugely viscous and syrupy, very smooth.
Overall:This is a very unique beer, reminiscent of samichlaus and utopias, but smoother. It’s a quite delicious sipper.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle (2006 Vintage): Complex aroma of malt, dark ripe fruit, plum, fig, slight alcohol, oxidation, slight spice, raisins, and Sherry. Poured very deep amber/orange/brown in color with no head at all. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, dark ripe fruit, raisins, slight tobacco, honey, light wood, slight vanilla, caramel, fig,
Full body. Viscous, coating, syrupy texture is smooth and creamy. No carbonation. Medium to heavily sweet, malt, honey, raisin, fig, dark ripe fruit, slight wood, slight vanilla, slight tobacco, and caramel finish is coating and slightly sticky. 13.5%ABV is a bit noticeable in the aroma, but not thereafter.
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 A great and classy barley wine! No foam. Persistent aroma of wine. Powerful flavour of chestnut. Sweet end. Enjoy it. (bir&fud beerstore)
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: Pours a deep copper color with no head. Aroma is to die for, has boozy sherry mixed with aged dark fruits. I could have lived with smelling it all night. Taste was similar in the booze and dark fruits. Obviously the gold label is well earned in my mind!
Ungstrup (29170) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - vintage 2005. A red amber beer with no head. The aroma has notes of oxidation, over ripe fruits, spices, and Sherry. The flavor is very sweet with strong notes of over ripe fruits, Sherry, and caramel sauce as well as medium notes of alcohol and light notes of spices, leading to a sweet finish where the notes of alcohol, caramel, and oxidation lasts for a long time. Thanks Mike for this treat for my birthday.