Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml. 2006 vintage. 13%. Pours a darker orange which can look more amber or ruby in different lighting. Flat of course; I wasn’t expecting any carbonation after having the Silver and Copper labels recently. I like the aroma on this one the best; when I pulled the cork out, a pleasant banana aroma filled the immediate vicinity. Now in the snifter I’m getting some nice caramel/toffee, molasses, honey, sweet malt, a little alcohol but not "boozy" per se. Yum, the flavor in this one is easily the best of the series: Quite fruity with again the sweet glaze/syrupy flavors. Kind of like a brandy, kind of like a port. Definitely a fermented winegrape element is present in the flavor. It’s very sweet, but manages to stay just under the cloying threshold. Mouthfeel is oily, medium viscosity, sticky finish; again, just like a port. I definitely like this one the best out of the series. I think this is mostly because this one helped me understand and appreciate what this series is supposed to be (and be about). I mean this is literally a "barley wine". That is, this is wine, not beer. Wine that happens to be fermented from grain instead of grapes. When I look at it in the context of wine, and through a filter of Italiana, I can really start appreciating this and liking it a lot. But yes, in that context; not in the traditional beer context would I easily understand this opus. Overall, very good to excellent.
AndySnow (2252) - 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 (405) - 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 (1673) - Portland, 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.
Aries (12) - Verona, ITALY - FEB 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beer tasted after dinner and much anticipated. It ’been quite disappointing as too sweet, oily and with the feeling of drinking a syrup. Remarkable with the intention of creating the best ingredients of a good sweet beer but only to fans of extreme beers may be of interest. Nevertheless Beer Baladin produce complete range of solutions many excellent beers.
Getingen (7) - Halmstad, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sherry and dried fruit together with lots of vanilla, thick mouthfeel and a sweet short aftertaste, you can feel the booze but its very mild. An amazing and unique experience. Year 2009
Rando7 (689) - Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Labeled 2009 Riserva Teo Musso. Aroma acetone, whiskey, tobacco and ash. Taste unexpectedly sweet. At odd times dark fruits, grapes, caramel. tobacco, leather, ash wander in and out of the flavor. Palate thin, really more like wine. I did not appreciate any hops. Sweet fruity finish. At first the alcohol seems well hidden, later it was more evident.
Very unique. Sometimes seems like a big mess, other times it’s brilliant.
Vignale (1751) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
En 2009-flaska från SB drucken på julölsprovningen 2013. Otroligt koncentrerade söta dofter och smaker. Sött dessertvin, madeira, russin, vanilj, lite klister, torkad frukt. Väl dold alkohol, bra balans. Väldigt mycket smak i en koncentration jag nog inte tidigare upplevt i ett öl. På gränsen, men inte alls över att bli för mycket. Fantastisk god.
allmyvinyl (1841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 Bottle at Craig’s. Pours clear dark brown with no head. Aromas are brandy, sherry, whisky, dried fruit. Sweet, boozy fruity taste. Oily texture. Full bodied. Finishes sweet. Very nice.
CamdenD (1054) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive. Served without head and very finely at Open Baladin. Huge fig aroma. Reminds one of a well made Oloroso. Wow.
thomat (1845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby with no head. Fruity and spicy tones. Malt, fruit, vine and spices. Full body with a sour finish.