Idiosynkrasie (6529) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Hazy, reddish chestnut coloured pouring produces some fugacious, macropored bubbles. Intense, sweetish malty aroma, lots of almond, marzipan, sherry, Amaretto, Moscatel, Marsala, some little by little pervasive Marmite-like spiciness. Taste is mildly spicy, a touch of soup cube and lovage, hints of Marmite, some sherry, Marsala; slightly dry, papery, cardboard finish, warming alcohol paralleled. Viscous texture, flat, insipid palate. Slow sipper necessitating a process that must be described rather as arduous abolition than reiterated regalement.
maximet (157) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with no head, flat. Amarone wine, wood, dark caramel, very ripe dark fruit. A little bitterness at first, then mainly sweet with a weird finish. No carbonation, tiny body. No really great.
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33 cl bottle @ tiong
Riserva 2010, 24 mesi in botte. Lotto 01 03 64, UL 30M 11. Bottle nr. 1584.
Aroma is very strong on sherry – even more than some sherries themselves. Also some licorice, porto and alcohol. Flavour has licorice, sherry, woody tones and sweet cherries. Quite pleasant but also quite far from a beer. Feels like a sherry.
tiong (6487) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from De Molen Beershop
Riserva 2010, bott. n. 1584. Da consumarsi preferibilmente entro il: 01 03 64 (wtf?!) LOTTO: UL30M 11 - Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of toffee, syrup, wood, oak, vinous notes, loads of sherry, caramel, raisins, ripe fruits and madeira. Taste is sweet, syrupy and woody with loads of oak, vinous notes, sherry, madeira, hints of caramel, toffee and berries. Finish is smooth, but very sweet and complex with some vinous notes, oak, wood, vanilla and toffee. Quite heavy and sweet. An extremely slow sipper.
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Reddish brown color. Thick sweet aromas of oak, raisins, almonds, toffee and bourbon. Thick oaky flavor with raisins, honey, blackberry, bourbon, almonds. Thick woody mouthfeel. Controversial, aroma feels dessert wine or bourbon, but flavor is dryer with detracting malt and red wine flavors.
esenwu (13) - Łódź, POLAND - JAN 19, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like cigars, wine from plums and vanilla in one. 5 years, dark caramel with no bubbles. Just delicious.
matbli (265) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle, vintage 2010, dark brown, clowdy with small yeast particles, completly no head. Aroma of vanilla, raisins, soy souce, black tee and vinegar. In taste balanced medium sweetness and sourness with very delicate bitterness. Alcohol slightly noticable but not disturbing and warming. Very thick and oily texture with almost no carbonisation.
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically still with a very deep mahogany color.
The aroma is musty and mushroomy. It’s got some light brine and a bit of white grape. It’s actually akin to a Fino Sherry.
The flavor is spicy and lightly sweet but musty, dry, & briny with some light chocolate. Again, this registers as more familiar to a sherry of Fino or Oloroso style than most beers I’ve ever tried.
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Aroma is nice mellow caramel, nutty, some hot alcohol, cognac barrel. Ruby red / caramel coloured pour with a low off white head. Flavour is composed of liquorice, caramel and nutty, smooth caramel, nutmeg. Palate is viscous, warming alcohol, solvent. A bit rough round the edges.but pretty mellow.
RW80 (2049) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: opper amber with no head
Aroma: unsweetened cocoa powder, some dark fruits such as dried plum and raisin and oak
Taste: Sweet, cocoa powder, raisin, red ruit, light spices, and a hint of oak.
I guess we have to take the barley WINE part literally.