nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Reddish-black or dark brown in color without much head to speak of. The aroma is rather vinous with a considerable roast/charcoal presence. Complex for sure, with some dark chocolate. The flavor is like a red wine/porter hybrid, very roasty with bitter chocolate notes. Medium-bodied with a low, wine-like almost, carbonation level. A nice unique beer overall.
Zarin (202) - ITALY - JUL 9, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma: fruits, grapes, yeasts
Appearance: dark ruby
Taste: complex, winey, a bit of acid, quite perfect. This is elegance!
Palate: full body
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big red wine character comes through in the aroma and flavor. Light chocolatey-ness and yeasty-ness reminds me of a chocolate malted.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one at the UDRBM, 31-07-2010. Black colored brew. Dark fruits in the aroma. Flavor has malts, coffee, spices, some dark fruits. Creamy.
dEnk (3106) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ meeting.
Deep brownish black, small tanned head.
Aroma of liquorice, caramel, coffee and peat.
Flavour is bittersweet of coffee, malt, spices, some earth, some metal and dark fruits. Very creamy.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL cobalt bottle, at least a few years old. Poured rich garnet-tinted brown with a lovely cap of deeper beige head. The aroma picked up a blend of dark and milkier chocolates paired with sweet vanilla, molasses, and toasted nutty notes.. a touch of tart oak accented, but it carried through very little vinous character.. most excellent cocoa impression on the back. The flavor also had a lot of chocolate character.. darker notes at the core laced with alcohol-fueled molasses, and sweeter vanilla and cocoa notes extending outward.. nutty sweetness and light earthy bitterness on the edges.. light oxidation gave a welcome extra layer of character.. finished dry and lightly-roasted with a little bit of rough rubbing alcohol. Medium-bodied and kind of slick on the palate, not really catching itself until it got to the back.. tart oak complemented the brew, but again the vinous character was almost a nonentity.. overall a very tasty and enjoyable brew!
Vaiz (2939) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Dutch RB Meeting. Dark brown pour, creamy tan head that leaves lacing. Aroma of butter, dark fruits, American hops and some roasted malts. Flavor is creamy, bitter, slightly sweet and with butter and fruits. Creamy texture and average carbonation. Decent brew.
Nickls (1704) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Pours with a nice finger of lightly tan head that has some bubbliness about it and holds fairly well on a deep, dark cola brown hue. Not great lacing, though.
Aroma is really packed with lots of fruits: passion fruits, plums, prunes, all really nice. Some hop bitterness comes into play, but really leans to an English take on the style. Aroma also has notes of caramel and toffee. Flavor is decidedly less sweet than led on by the aroma, but this is a good thing for me. Still lots of fruitiness in the taste, but more on the prune-side. Nice bit of a hop kiss mid-taste; then toffee and even a coffee note sneeks in. Really lots of nice flavors, and well-balanced and enjoyable. MF is medium, with subtle, soft carbonation. Really nice sipping brew and warming, and my only complaint is that the hop profile would need to be amped up a little to make it a US Barleywine. Nonetheless, it’s definitely a nice one in general. Good brew.
dudebun (130) - GERMANY - JUN 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from a touristy food and wine souvenir shop in Pula, Sardinia. Great aroma, tastes of chocolate, prunes, think I noticed the grapes in the aroma, but maybe wishful thinking. Nice carbonation, nice head, felt the alcohol was well hidden, I would buy it again for sure (although for 17€ it’d have to be a special occasion).
Plovmand (6026) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Ma Che Siete. Pitch black body witha medium tan head. Chocolate, liquorice, sweet caramel and light coffee in the aroma. Light roasted flavour with notes of coffee, chocolate, sweet caramel, dark fruit and ligth tobacco in the flavour. Nice!