xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle in to the new CBS snifter.
Served at ~53F.
A - Pours a dark hazy amber (root beer-ish) with 1cm of khaki head and minimal lacing. I wasn’t expecting much with the abv.
S - Tart cherry, fig, caramel, grapes, slight oak.
T - Sweeter than the nose. Starts sweet with oakey caramel and vanilla and then finish with a strong dark fruit element(dates, plums, over ripe figs). A nice balance with just enough depth.
M - Smooth and creamy carbonation and the french oak leaves a nice tannic finish.
O - This was a damn fine "Barleywine", although I think it fall might fall more along lines of an Old Ale. The closest thing I could relate it to would be BA Decadence 08’ blended with BB4D... The alcohol is well hidden for a 16% beer, slightly warms you from the gut, but no outright alcohol smell or taste. I’m very glad to have another bottle of this!
TheHOFF43 (1856) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Jackl. Pours a very deep dark brown. Aroma is full of oak, toffee, somewhat boozy, I keep getting walnut too. I don’t know. Taste is excellent. Abv well hidden. Lots of toffee, sweet, really oaky. Excellent.
deyholla (9259) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Jack, thanks! Pours a very dark brown with a bubbly brown head that starts and remains at the edges. Aroma is full of oak with a lot of toffee with some sweet dark grains and a bit of caramel. Flavor combines earthy sweet grain and oak with a good amount of toffee and a hint of caramel.
jackl (6305) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from south lyndale liquors. Intimidating deep brown with hardly any head. Nose is rich, complex. Salted wood, prune and raisin cake. Dark cocoa. Mild booze. Flavor is full of umami flavors. Toasted wood. Berry jam. Coffee. Mildly tart. Notes of sherry. Graceful oxidization. Thick body, soft carb. A sipper, but it drinks well considering the ABV. Quite good.
Freeney (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Dark rich and deep complex aromas , full tasting rich barley wine , elegant rich and fruity flavors that continue forever, plum pudding and friuit cake!
kraddel (5198) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasted at Vinni,Birri,Ribelli 2015. Pours very dark brown. Smell is sweet, somewhat boozy. Taste is mild, very silky. Sweet, some booze. Barrels are also there. Good MF and low carbo.
77ships (6479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ “Vini Birre Ribelli 2015”. Dark brown, black, little mocha bubbles. Nose is big cacao, clear oxidation, vanilla, candy, chocolate, warming, spirit,… Taste sweet caramel, mocha, syrupy licorice, very warming, spirit, candy, vanilla, oak, warming, quite a bit oxidation, sugar, rich chocolate, syrup,… Body is oxidation & soft carbonation. Really good, great rich chocolate truffle etc. taste, warming, big vanilla etc. Oxidation is a bit too much but some Italian breweries do seem to have an affinity & love for oxidation, it does work well here, it could have improved a touch more even had they dialed it down a bit.
leghorn99 (193) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Il colore è marrone scuro, molto torbido; la schiuma è ben presente, ma svanisce rapidamente. Si fa riconoscere fra molte per il suo aroma terroso e legnoso, molto rustico, con un vinoso relativamente latente e note non marginali di vaniglia e frutta secca (noci). Il palato deve fare i conti fin da subito con la componente alcolica della birra, accentuata ma non troppo invadente. La Sedicigradi si fa conoscere ed apprezzare per la sua sorprendente morbidità e per il suo calore, per la sua avvolgenza fatta da toni giusti di torrefatto e di legnoso, di una corretta e ponderata maltatura, di belle sensazioni finali di torrefatto; assieme ad una elegante nota di Madeira. Ha un equilibrio generale che rasenta la perfezione e una vita degustativa che si prolunga ben oltre lo sperato.
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mini bottle shared by Leighton. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is soft, toasted sugars, toffee, fruit cake, Eccles cake, jammy berry and wood. The taste is smooth, rich, toasty, fruit cake, raisin, sultana, chewy malt, malt acidity, jammy berry, sugary fruits, wood and alcohol warmth throughout the finish. Rich and warming. Perhaps too much alcohol presence, but nice nonetheless.
Leighton (16261) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in Canaan, NH. Picked up in Rome. Pours unclear brown with a slight, foamy tan head. Quite a bit of wood on the nose, leathery fruits, earth. Medium to heavy sweet flavor, lots of meaty, leathery fruits, hearty bread, tangy herries, toffee. Full bodied, oily and chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish, lots of toffee and jammy fruits, faint cocoa, earth. Boy, this is some heavy duty stuff. But it’s also really damn tasty, and actually pretty drinkable. Wonderful stuff.
olsvammel (4939) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms in Örebro. Boozy smell with wood and caramel. Similar taste, hint of smoke, oak, burned sugar and some roasted aromas. Not overpoweringly boozy considering the ABV.