MikaLukanainen (90) - POLAND - NOV 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep mahogany with medium sized head. Citrus notes in the aroma appear at the beggining but fade quickly, overriden by caramel, toffe and, alas, alcohol. Caramel, plump and raisin are dominant in the taste of the beer, accompanied by strong alcohol notes that tend to linger on the palate. Only the last sips of the beer bring some relief from the alcoholic profile, or maybe I just had enough of them and stopped to pay any attention. It seems that barley wine isn’t my cup of... beer. Too astringent, to heavy, close to wine or caramel liqueur- that’s not my definition of beer. On the other hand, I have no problem with alcohol in baltic porters or imperial stouts so perhaps it is the beer that is not representative and simply badly balanced. Anyway, with my notes I tried to be subjectively objective, or obectively subjective (please delete as appropriate).
Geiserich (3539) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Aroma is malty, yeasty and fruity. Molasses and dried fruits with pine notes. Reddish to dark brown color, brownish head. Flavor is malty, medium sweet with caramel and toffee notes, light alcoholic. Fruity with plums, dried fruits, also dark chocolate, sweets. Good balanced with a herbal hop bitterness.
inbirraveritas (1292) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish dark brown colour, small and lasting yellowish head.
Intensive aroma ruled by molasses and dried fruits combined with pine and alcohol, mouthfeel is oily.
Long and warming, earthy-toasty-grapefruity finish.
gegwilson (1690) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rehill’s of Jesmond. Pours deep ruby with a tan head. Lovely fruity aroma. Rich taste with lots of boozy fruit, sherry, liquorice and spice followed by a lingering bitter finish. Really full bodied. Extremely good.
Brenhophead (632) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330mL bottle. Pours a deep marhogarny with a milk chocolate head and a massive fruity/spice, toffee apple like aroma. A massive toffee like sweetness as it hit the palate with lots a resinous pine to follow and a bitter finish.
Tmoney99 (11473) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap sample. Poured clear reddish brown color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and small hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex solid beer.
androman (682) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle @ home from Csak a Jó Sör, Budapest.
Body is clear, deep ruby-brow,
Head is medium, creamy, brownish, mostly lasting, excellent lacing.
Nose is dried fruits, alcohol, citrus,
Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, mild coffee,
Taste is medium to heavy sweet, medium roasty bitter, light alcohol sour.
Finish is chocolate, dried frits, roasty bitter-sweet, hoppy, heavy alcohol in my throat.
Full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation.
Heavy dessert beer, slightly imperial stout-ish, full aroma, alcohol is present but not that disturbing.
jaghana (4355) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - OCT 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl, A clear amber beer with medium head. Nose is intense on candied orange, hops resin and pine. Aroma is very sweet, caramel and chocolate touch, hops resin, pine, overripped fruits, anise touch, licorice, almond. Good body and good complexity and quite easy to drink for this alcohol level.
thomat (2235) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ BrewDog bar, Göteborg. dark amber with a tiny tan head. malty and fruity tones. Malt, fruit, caramel and hops. Full body with a long bitter sweet finish.
Arve_Christian (3488) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway. Dark amber color, ok foam. Aromas of hops, malt, caramel, dried fruits, toffee & light citrus. Full body & high complexity. Some sweetness, but balances ok- ends up a little bit on the sweet side. Enjoyable