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Borve Extra Strong

Formerly brewed at Borve
Style: Barley Wine
Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Cask and bottle conditioned. Brewed in the hamlet of Ruthven, nestling in the foothold of the Grampian Mountains. Brewed in a traditional manner using water, malt and hops and fermented with yeast and then slowly matured in whisky casks to impart a unique character so appreciated by the connoisseurs of fine beer.

kermis' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (9985) - The Hague, - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle shared at Dean’s sticky table tasting thanks to Scott. Pours murky brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of red fruits, raisins, caramel, musty cellar. Flavour is moderate sweet, fairly moldy. Medi bodied with no carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (21549) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2015
26th November 2015
Scopey 10K Celebrations in deepest Croydonia. Thanks to the man of the event for the Scottish whale. Very hazy amber beer, good cream colour head. Palate is light and fairly dry. A residual amount of carbonation surprises. Nose of blue cheese which carries over to the taste but not as strongly. Savoury something in to mild wood. Tangy caramel, some papery oxidisation. Mild dried fruits. Dry finish brings a little spice. Rich and tasty but the blue cheese I found off putting and it really lowers drinkability.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5742) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
Bottle share at Scopey’s 10K, Croydon. Many thanks to the man himself. Sell by 1997. Dark orange / brown, hazy, small foamy tan head, light lacing. Aroma is initially brie cheese, damp cardboard and copper pipe. But settles down with time. Body is medium to full, smooth, rounded, oily. Taste is dried fruit skins, papery dryness, slightly sour notes mixing with peated whisky. Quite an experience. Interesting stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teorn88 (6039) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle split at Paul’s 10k tasting, london. It pours a murky copper color with alarge beige head. Aroma is musty dusty lightly sour and fruity with blue cheese. Taste is sweet and tangy sour, with raisins booze blue cheese strawberries. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, interesting. And quite good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle shared in London during Scopey’s 10k tasting - big thanks to Scopey for this geriatric. Vintage mid 1990s. Pours unclear orange-brown with a creamy tan head. Interesting aroma, lots of aged, leathery fruits, earth, tangerine, apricot. Medium sweet flavor with some novelty peat notes, more leather, dirt, dried fruits, citrus rind. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish, somewhat dry and woody, more smoke and peat, leathery berries, some grain husk. Has held up quite well. Novel stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11954) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle for beer #9999. It pours clear rich deep brown with actually quite a decent off-white head. The nose is rich, earthy, woody, funky, brett, some musty fruits, leather, some blue cheese which dissipates after a while and some medicinal whisky notes. The taste is rich, bitter wood, earthy, funky brett, some medicinal whisky, caramel, stewed orange, mouldy peach, fruit cake and a touch of sherbet with a lingering woody finish. Medium + body and moderate carbonation. Rich and good depth. Held up exceptionally well in my opinion. Nice funky vibe also going down, which of course I rather like. Wow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16423) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle split at Scopey 10K, thanks to Scopey 9.999K, 26/11/15. Chestnut brown with a big old beige head. Nose is blue cheese, pissy tights, fecal notes, dark fruit must, spice, toffee, dusty, cheese drops away after a few minutes. Taste comprises bitter orange marmalade, dark fruit rinds, toffee, light booze,dates, subtle barrel, funky tones. Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light warming alcohol. Solid for age, Nose is a tad overpowering but mellows, great carbonation and condition for age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
One of the re-branded Mikhael Gorbachev bottles. Moved about endlessly for 20 years. Poured a light amber with minimal head. Aroma of a burgundy. Fullish body, flavour is sweet berry fruit and a hint of Port. Probably a bit past it’s best now, but surprisingly drinkable in small doses.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (7303) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle at the Deanso’s monthly RB tasting, July 2013. Poured a cloudy orange amber with a thin white broken head. The aroma is rich, fruity malt, a little dry and stale. The flavour is rich alcoholic medium bitter with a little sourness in the palate. The BBF date is 1994 and this is very obviously an old beer, but reasonably well preserved.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy copper with no head at all. Thanks a lot sic1314 for bringing this. Aroma is red fruits, sweet malts, raisins, caramel and banana. Taste is very full, sweet, lingering with some sourness. Pretty sick brew, considering it’s 20 years old.

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