PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375 ml @ Bir&Fud bottega (Rome, Italy), 16/06/10. Pouring this one reminds me sorta of a pale kriek: no head, partially plum, some orange, all into a really dark outline. Aroma is dominated by candy sugar, strawberry syrup, and has the elegance of passing between sweetness of candy fruit and sharpness of green tomatoes. Notes of apricot jam and red orange too. But is gently: hops is gone, absolutely, and beer has evolved. Body is medium to full, but drinkability is so high and alcohol is just a number matter. In my mouth I say 10% at the most, not 18% absolutely. Mouthfeel is fruity compared to classic barley wines, even if maintain the familiar fortified flavor of the style. But, out of the expected, isn’t the dullness of sweet wines (no matter white or red); it’s the dryness of a strong red wine. Good fizzy texture you could feel even in the finish. In the end: odd barley wine, interesting, but not outstanding.
Foffern (733) - Bodø, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with (and great courtasy of) the fantastic Bergen tasting crew with such stars as ClubGonzo, Inbreak and Palme, and the mighty StoreMy. The beer is a bit unclear and is amber with a very small off-white head. In the nose I sence leather, oak, dried fruits, and this perfumy smell towards alcohol. In addition, it has a touch of cat piss. Personally I think it is unattractive when it becomes too much of this, but in this case is held nicely in check by the rest of the aroma. The taste also offers dried fruits and leather, but also spices, wood, and a little alcohol. The beer feels a bit dry towards the end with a medium bitterness. Feels soft and smooth in the mouth, and is a straightforward, fairly bitter barley wine.
maneliquor (1555) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Has been put away for almost a year now. Opened on Ryan’s birthday. Pour is a thick and murky toffee colour with no head to speak of. Nose is not too bad. Rather sweet and sugary with loads of malt driven undertones. Heaps of caramel and toffee in there with dried apricot and vanilla. Taste is a little one dimensional for my liking. Tons of caramel and biscuit with a bitter sweet finish. Not too boozy considering the abv. Thin and oily palate. Not my kinda thing
olio (4080) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle. Bottled on 16.06.2010. Bottle no. 124/3600.
Pours hazy red-brown color with no head. A very strong aroma of plums, raisins, mild caramel notes, malts and some sugar. Flavor of caramel, toffee, malts, ripe fruits like plums and dates, some sugar and . Quite easy to drink considering the high abv. Fruity and sweet palate with a very short sweet plumy finish.
laiti (3925) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
37,5 cl bottle @ lusikka. Bottle #0124, bottled 16.06.2010 (japanese marking: BBE 28.01.2020)
Aroma is sweet and rather strong on plums, raisins and berries. Flavour has some slightly stinging alcohol, plums, raisins and berries. Some hops can also be observerd. A bit weird.
aleph (231) - - APR 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller. Ruby colored pour with slight off-white head. Bread, berries, wine, malts. Warm alcohol, medium-low carbonation, strong feel.
ClubGonzo (2695) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew’s Epic Abstrakt/Blåbær tasting, feat. special guests Foffern and StoreMy. :-) Deep amber body, tiny off-white head. Aroma is boozy tones with caramel, wood and sweet malts with hints of dried fruits. Taste is sharp alcoholic wooden notes with caramel and Norwegian brown cheese being the most prominent flavors. Hints of cellar must and dark malty sweetness. A bit too boozy, but OK.
KyotoLefty (4727) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to TimE under the cherry blossoms. Big hoppy nose, rich caramel malts. Very big and full body, lots of toffee and nicely hopped as well. Strong but not unpleasantly boozy at all. Nice warmer.
jonno (2001) - JAPAN - APR 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic finisher to a tasting under the cherry blossoms. Big sticky hop nose. Full, sticky body - lots of toffee, caramel, brown sugar and big citrus hops. Well integrated all up. Thanks TimE!
daje (1291) - NORWAY - MAR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared at a friends house.
amber color, head is beige and small.
Aroma of alcohol and several fruity hops.
A tad unbalanced taste of caramel, alcohol and red fruits. Massive body. Finish seems pretty dry hopped, which makes a nice end to a special beer.