CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz handbottle from cgarvieuk via goldtwins: Pours a pretty dark copper mahogany for a barleywine with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty caramel dark malts with a good earthy hop balance, sweet floral honey and a hint of smoky tobacco complexity. Body starts with a full viscous caramel sweetness along with some nice light fruity and raisin flavors before a drier, warming finish. A very nice barleywine that Iíd love to have some more of.
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate:
Cask at Chelmsford Beer Festival. This is right up there in the same league as JW Lees Harvest and Milton Marcus Aurelius as the best English beer I have had. Maybe not quite as good as the other two I mentioned but it really is superb. Wonderful thick mahogany colour yet still amazingly translucent. A thin rim of bubbles around the edge of the glass simply do not shift and give hints of the consistency and amazing mouthfeel to come. Itís a proper barley wine nose with a superb balance of lovely hops and sweet sweet malt with lashings of treacle toffee and marmite and just a hint of the high abv. Flavour is more of the same with even heavier marmite, superb tangy malt, brown sugar and beautiful warm alcohol. Rounds off with a very heavy and incredibly lengthy finish that is lovely and warm. Mouthfeel is utterly outstanding. What a way to start a festival. Itís all downhill from here...
gnoff (7030) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
5 liter party-keg at RBESG Grand Tasting, June 29, 2008
Marked 10.5% ABV
Clear dark reddish brown color, small tan head. Sweet, vinous, alcohol scent. Sweet, smoke, dry, vinous taste. Medium but dry mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks again to Craig for the handbottle!! Poured deep plummy garnet with just a few loose bubbles of head. The aroma found rich vinous notes, tobacco, dark berries, and a touch of star anise.. dark and mysterious.. warmed up the nostrils as it approached room temperature. The flavor had more of the tobacco and dark vinous notes.. grassy hops and rather hot alcohol showed toward the back.. spicy, warm, and fruity finish. Heavier-bodied with no appreciable carbonation (wish it had just a smidgen).. viscous with spicy, greener bitterness.. very good stuff!
Fin (6641) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mini keg courtesy of Cgarvieuk, big big thanks to Craig, bottled by Doppelganger, aka Casey, cheers Casey had this 09-07-08 Poured very dark brown with some glints of ruby at the bottom. Some port and sweet plum on the nose. Taste was bitter alcohol soaked orange, a distinct hoppiness and whilst there is some sweetness it is battered senseless by the long bitter finish. There are some slightly rough port and sherry flavours think Tudor Rose but I like this.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Little bits of notes from two separate tastings of it. The first was at BCTC 09, and was of the 1902 Kings Ale. The second was of the later Princeís Ale from 1929 I believe.
Bottle at BCTC. Excellent aromas, coffee, plum, chocolate, vanilla, some oxidization. Tangy and oxidized yet remarkably malty. Really delicious.
Bottle courtesy of Andy at Paulís tasting in honor of Kanís visit. Pours a lightly hazy crimson. Light sour . Tons of oxidization. Not as good as the first time I tried it. Perhaps it needs another 27 years?
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to Blazer06, Zack, for making this send-off tasting even more special than it is already. Wow! Big bottle of 1902 barleywine with over sized clumpy looking black wax over the cork. The cork broke up so this is poured via the help of some cheese cloth. It pours muddy dark brown pond water with no head. The aroma is water logged wood, some cardboard, sweet malts, booze, sherry and then aged figs and molasses. The taste starts sweet with thick sweet maltiness, a nice level of caramel candy and then rolling into fig sweetened earthiness, aged dried cherries smashed into wet cardboard and smooth oak. It ends with wet wood, cardboard, ripe sugary cherries and caramel. Fantastic!
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was the legendary Bass Kings ale 1981 drank at the Kulminator. It does not look like much of a legend, I can tell you that. Its dark, earth coloured pour is completely still and headless. The nose unveils deeply nutty flavours and generally toasted malts that remind of old cookies a lot. One would be very sparing not to mention the oxidation in here though. First, the beer is completely flat. Second, no hop aroma remains, but an odd, almost chalky bitterness manages to find its way through. Also, all along, old cave very earthy flavours detract from the not so complex reminiscent toastiness. So it is sweet and stale at this age with little fruitiness worth mentioning. In its defense, the alcohol was well concealed, but I canít think of many other elements I enjoyed in here.
Plovmand (6027) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Nightfall!! Pours hazy deep amber with no head. The aroma is quite oxidated with notes of plum and toasted malt. The flavour is bit acidic with heavy oxidation and ripe fruit. This is OLD! But still quite a joy!
Benzai (5754) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from 1977 bottle which had been opened two years earlier. Canít be good anymore but hey, why not just try it? So here we go. Appearance is ok. No head but a nice dark red color. Aroma is alcoholic and moldy. Taste isnít that bad. Still barley wine there mixed with some sourness. A bit moldy and lightly cardboard as well but quite surprising that this is still drinkable. Wonder what it was like when it was fresh. Interesting experience.