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.
Kosmokrator (460) - ITALY - JUL 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Riserva 2009; abv 14%. Limpido color ambrato-ramato completamente privo di schiuma. Aroma avvolgente e penetrante con sentori di toffee, frutta sciroppata, canditi, albicocche secche e uvetta sotto spirito; gusto dolciastro, rotondo, morbido, liquoroso, fruttato, caramellato e con un finale vinoso e leggermente alcolico e "caldo" che ricorda molto un passito, accompagnato da più deboli note di frutta secca. Priva di effervescenza e vellutata come non mai al palato: morbida e persistente sulla lingua anche dopo lungo tempo. Eccezionale.
jercraigs (7638) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014-07-08. Dark amber brown body headless. Aroma is rich and sweet malt, dark fruit. 7++ Flavour is similarly sweet, richly malty. Smooth medium bodied palate, no carbonation, syrupy. Lovely, deserving of more detailed notes than I gave it unfortunately. Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieuk’s, Edinburgh
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Bottle thanks to Gibson. Pours a clear copper with no head. The aroma is strong caramel, dark fruit, figs. Thin mouthfeel with strong dark fruit, figs, oak, strong booze.
blankboy (5979) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle at Mondial 2014, Montreal] Pours an oily-looking dark brown with no head. Aroma: Wow! Soy sauce, chocolate, wood, red wine, dark fruit, hops, molasses and so much more -- complex and awesome. Flavour is also "wow", with soy sauce, maple syrup and all the aforementioned stuff. Alcohol’s there but pretty well hidden considering the abv. Oily mouthfeel, medium bodied. Amazing.
Countbeer (4325) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ DVMBBT:
No head. Cloudy ruby colored beer.
Aromas of prunes, some leather, some wood, molasses,
Flavours of prunes, sweets, brown sugars, caramel, light sweet barley malts, some bitters, some raisin, light cardboard sweets
Aftertaste is a mix of prunes, malts, some oatmeal, barley malts and some silky darker fruits.
Low carbo, soft silky mouthfeel, full bodied and a creamy silky texture.
ansjelaah (1282) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ van moll tasting. Brown color and no head. Smells and tastes sweet, sirup, cherry, no carbo.
Benzai (7340) - 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 (3890) - 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 (1402) - ’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 (2992) - 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!