Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy darkish amber pour wearing a fine off-white froth. Dark and rather complex sugars come off this heady, potent ale which unveils pleasantly fruity esters (strawberry, pear) and agreeably toasted malts. The toasted malts pretty much dominate the flavour profile, reminding of french toast, caramel, milk chocolate and cookies. For an 11% brew, the alcohol is certainly never overpowering. It provides a comfortable warmth, and one that fits the malty flavours nicely. Hops remain subtle, just a tad earthy, especially in this bottle which has seen more than a few moons. It makes the finish appear on the sweet side, the alcohol enhancing that impression, but the relatively lively carbonation decreasing it gently. Those bubbles do manage to thin out the thickness impression effectively, but then again cut through the richness as well. All in all, a pleasant sipper, but not profound enough to be contemplative.
Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2012 Bottle at Dans. Poured a hazy caramel with an off-white head. Smell is caramel, brown sugar, alcohol, and light grapefruit. Taste is malty, some caramel, alcohol, and a citrusy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and good lacing. Overall, this is a decent barleywine, but more on the American spectrum for me. Also, the alcohol is very present. Not bad.
adnielsen (7581) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Dan’s house, courtesy of notalush. Thanks a bunch! Reddish maroon appearance with a small, off white head. Kind of a woody, dark fruity, a bit tangy, caramel aroma. Tangy, dark berry, caramel, a bit herbal, somewhat toasty flavor with a fair amount of booze and bitterness.
notalush (4457) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber - soapy lace - a lot of alcohol in the nose, overpowering more subtle notes of sherry, light esters, mild oxidation - flavor is surprisingly light - moderate sweetness with a bitterness to cut it that develops through the middle that balances fairly well - the bitterness is herbal, almost juniper/gin-like, especially in the finish - some notes of toffee and sherry through the middle - pretty decent, just way too much alcohol in the nose.
Stew41 (1624) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not as big and crazy as I might have expected. Classic aromas of cooked sugary malts, minerally chocolate and sweet woods. Plenty more sweet fruits to taste, with a mildly bitter finish, but this really is incredibly elegant for a 11% beer. Some hop firness to finish.
jimhilt (2340) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours three finger khaki head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Brown sugar nose and flavor is brown sugar with a piney hop background. High ABV is hidden. $5.99 for a 500ml bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Amber mahogany pour with a thin white head. Slightly hoppy iced tea aroma. Taste is Carmelized sugar with hop balance. It’s good but I was expecting more mouthfeel and body. Good.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Yule Ale
Date: February 12, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, creamy beige head, solid lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, peaches and apricots, chocolate and caramel
Flavor: rich sweet fruity flavor, robust balancing earthyness, light lingering bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, candi-sugar,caramel, yeast, raisins, and slight diacetyl. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white/tan/beige head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Very sparkling. Full of tiny-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet, and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, caramel, raisins, hop, diacetyl, figs, and some dust. Medium to full body. Viscous, creamy, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, caramel, diacetyl, hop, finish is light to medium bitter and medium sweet. 11%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
vyvvy (3421) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours tawny brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very bready with some toffee, cream, very toasty malt and some nuttiness. Medium body thats a bit rich and there is a bit of soft carbonation. The flavor starts much like the aroma and is very malty. The finish adds a touch of hops. Decent barleywine.