madmitch76 (20830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th May 2014
Murky red - brown beer, no head. Palate is light and softish and a touch viscous. No carbonation! Mellow gueuzey sourness kicks off but is soon joined by a nice tangy red wine steak. Good red wine berry fruits. The two elements come together very well in to a light smooth finish. Does a good job of hiding the abv.
BeerBaboon (1879) - FINLAND - MAY 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours red brown with not much head at all. Hard to tell what that colour was because there hardly was any and it disappeared quickly. That said, head does not play that important of a role.... Aroma is fruits, spices, oak and toasted. Flavour is medium sweet, oak, fruits and a little bit of spices. Very nice beer. Italians are coming. Beware.
monk191 (1603) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Extremely unique, but very intense beer. Pours a deep amber-red, with no head. Smells like wine with some fig and weirdly, blue cheese. Taste has a lot of red wine with some caramelized sugar and sweetness in the end and a boozy finish. Very buttery. Couldn’t drink too much, but very interesting. Had in the bottle at La Trappe’s Italian event. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Buongiorgio00 (934) - - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine dal corpo denso e il gusto dominato da un carattere decisamente vinoso, non sempre equilibrato, con note di frutti rossi, mosto e una leggera torbatura che si fonde con la forte presenza alcolica. Buona, ma per quello che costa non vale assolutamente la pena.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
11.2oz bottle, on close out from Party Source. Very dark brown / red, near black. Virtually no head. A few khaki bubbles. Chunky flaky dark yeast bits. Bigger, wine-like body. Completely uncarbonated, this is totally flat. Are they trying to make this beer as close to an actual wine as possible? Lots of caramel malt, dark fruit, and huge vinous notes. Lots of big red wine in the flavor, malt. Earthy. Some chocolate. Tomato soup. Big sweet, lightly spicy. Best thing going for this is that it hides the alcohol ok, no burn or bite or warmth. The taste is awful though and make this hard to drink. Probably no noticeable alcohol because it’s so difficult to take more than a tiny sip. Interesting at first, but got way and way worse as I went. Poured the majority of this one out... So oddly wine-like, but without any of the well-roundedness nor complexity of a wine. Is this over my head? Maybe I need to be a sommelier to understand this one. Not even worth the $5 or whatever the price was
hopdog (10807) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a very small sized head. Sherry, raisins, some wood, fruity, and some ashy, tobacco.
olio (8747) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark ruby red color with no head. Aroma is very intense with dark berries, some alcohol comes through, ripe dark fruits, hints of oak and red wine (port) with a dash of tar also. Flavor is quite sweet with syrup, dark berries, ripe fruits, raisins mostly, some caramel malts and wood. Warming alcohol on the finish. No carbonation at all, full-bodied and quite thick, velvety smooth and sticky, almost syrupy palate. A very beautiful delicacy.
lusikka (7650) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. 2010 vintage, bottle n. 0081.
Pours a dark ruby amber colour without a head. Aroma of sweet caramel, red berries, vinegar and bread. Flavour of sweet caramel, licorice root, mild vinegar notes, tannine, bready maltiness, wood (birch?), plums, fruitcake and some cherries, Medium bodied, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Finishes warming, slightly oaky. Gets very mellow and vinous as it warms up. At first I had mixed feelings about this because of the lack of carbonation, but it seems to suit this very well as it makes this very vinous and port-like without being overwhelmingly sweet. A dessert.
angel77 (2120) - oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botella de 33 cl. en el Lúpulo Feroz en el mes de octubre de 2013. Alucinante cerveza con gran carácter en el que predominan las maderas del barril y el fuerte alcohol. De casi ninguna espuma se asemeja mas a un licor que a una cerveza. Me guardo una botella para para disfrutar mas adelante de esta maravilla y compleja cerveza.
ineedbeer (1577) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is rather vinous with a tart fruit aroma. Moderately strong red wine notes with some light tannins. Smells acidic with some tart cherries and berries. Aroma reminds me of a Flanders Oud Bruin.
Pours a flat murky brown, lighter on the edges. Absolutely no head which isn’t surprising as their was no hiss when I opened the bottle. Obviously no lacing and surprisingly no legs either.
Flavor starts off a little sweet without much character. Mid palate I get a lot of caramel, light toffee and some cherries. Finish has a medium light acidity with some cherries and berries. Medium oak character with a light roast note in the finish as well. Light red wine notes. Some alcohol spice in the end. Lingering light acidity along with some caramel and a wet cardboard oxidative note.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with no carbonation. Low acidic astringency with medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall not a very enjoyable barleywine. I cannot tell where the acidity enters this beer, but its there and not a good combination for the barleywine character. The lack of carbonation and oxidation don’t help either. Really not sure what the intended product was.