Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, - 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.
ALLOVATE (2443) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Looks good on first pour. A deep, fiery chestnut, just shy of bright, with a shiny, tight pad atop that does its best to hold. Big and boozy, sherry and brandy drenched nose brimming with light and dark stonefruit, hot, buttered toast, sticky marmalade, golden syrup and treacle. Unexpectedly light in body. The bottle I have now just a year old but it shows in the attenuation. Chewy yet lean with rich malts battered by a dry, boozy finish. Plenty of sherry with a burnt wine harboured in the aftertaste. Sweet, toffeeish, caramelised fruit front, a hint of butter, a hint of toasted bread and Anzac biscuits. Comes together well. Lasting bitter, burnt wine notes make it though. Not too shabby! (50cL, BB 14/06/15, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Ibrew2or3 (6998) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle pours with a slightly murky deep red amber-ish body that supports a thin light tan head. The aroma is malty, prune-y, a bit of spicy black strap molasses, brown sugar and a bit of smooth aged ripe cherry meat. The taste begins with brown sugar, prunes and slightly spicy molasses covered dates. To midway it gets a bit more fruity with modest ripe cherry notes as well as a bit of sweet nuttiness joining in and helping take this to the finish. Pretty nice sipper where the big ABV seemed very well hidden.
davidm (1936) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from DejaVu. Great, very spicy with good balance in the mouth and very long length.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50cl bottle, 2012 vintage. Large beige head atop hazy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, molasses, raisin, brown sugar, light vanilla, cognac/alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, some brown sugar/molasses, booze. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky.
jtclockwork (8627) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled as "Yule Ale" from State Line. Pours dark caramel brown. Off white head. Nose and taste of sticky caramel candy, dark fruit, dank resin, alcohol soaked orange peel, dark sugar and malt. Full mouth feel.
TourDeBeer (118) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - APR 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
dark amber, caramel aroma dominating, fruity hints. long bitter finish. first taste molasses and smooth mouthfeel
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. malt and light dark fruit aroma. Malt and light caramel flavor with light dark fruits. Medium bodied. malt and light caramel/light toffee linger with light dark fruits.
jonnyguns (1004) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark reddish amber with small head. Fruits and some spice in the aroma, not too much going on. Taste is kind of the same with some spice lingering, I like barleywines but this isn’t one of my favourites
Cybercat (3390) - Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, somewhat candy-like aroma has notes of caramel, cloves and malt. Pours a fairly clear chestnut with a fairly thick light buff head that leaves OK lacing. Flavor has candy sweetness and notes of caramel, horehound and cloves with hints of malt and hops. Smooth texture has average fizz and body, not too shabby. Yule probably enjoy this one if you like barley wines.
HenrikSoegaard (10624) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Dark yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Nice vinius notes. Moderate bitter wonderfull flavor. Long moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. Nice barleywine.