tobydarling (31) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Amazing stuff. Pours a deep red. Layers of hop both on the nose and the tongue - balances what is an unmistakeably stong beer. I’ll make proper notes next time.
zacgillbanks (3335) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Coppers in Newcastle. A very dark red brown beer with a very thick oily mouthfeel. Extremely warming sweet cherry, strawberries, vanilla and slight leather notes with a strong warming fruity alcoholic finish.
planky84 (2518) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Ritz. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Burnt toffee, dark fruits, nuts and woody nose. Extremely vinous. Meaty flavours of sultanas, raisins, chocolate and vanilla. Deep, warming brew. Massive alcohol inferno.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, cheers DW. Poured red chestnut colour with a thin tan head. Lovely sugary alcohol tinged aroma which I can imagine some people would mark down for but I love it. Some honey, caramel, lots of lovely hops fruity hop finish. A real treat, will have again if I ever get the chance.
jesperhammer (3545) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
20-MAY-2011, bottle @Marielyst sommerhus with Morten, from "Řlbutikken".
Pours murky brown with almost no head.
Extremely bitter nose with grape fruit and pine.
Taste is the same but really loaded with malts in the form of charamel, rye bread, and fruits.
Really dessert wine-like.
Love the malty body.
I thought this would be an IIPA, but it comes out as a barley with an extreme bitterness more than an IIPA with with malty sweetness.
And it is sweet but never cloying.
Alcoholic, but hey...it’s 18%...
Love this extreme drink. Not a very refined brew but certainly a very tasty one.
Gurthnar (3167) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma raisins, milk chocolate. Fruity. Very light coffee. Light vanilla. Mostly clear deep amber-brown colour. No head. Taste has grapes, woody notes, caramel, initially cocoa, light coffee. Alcoholic presence is strong, but what go expect at 18 ABV? Considering this fact, the ABV is well hidden. Overall very very smooth, rounded, both in taste and flavour. Very nice aged experience.
Fungrim (60) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium sized (but surprisingly large nevertheless) foamy, light brown head. Gloriously red, clear, copper colour. Aroma is... oh, my goodness... Malty caramel, malt, resin, ripe fruits, vanilla. And banana? Average carbonation, medium, quite oily, body. Taste is lots of yummy malt, dry wooden smoke, some toffee and some caramel. Medium high, lingering bitterness. Throat warmer this is, but it is very well balanced and the high ABV is extremely well hidden. A great beer!
Muggus69 (1553) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375mL bottle. Bottled 16.06.10. 1765 of 3600
After doing battle with the plastic cork, i’m presented with a wickedly dense bronze body with a small beige head that clings to the glass with obvious alcoholic legs.
Being a non-descript label, i’m not sure what to expect. The aroma is intense, lots of hops; resiny leafy herbs, cooked citrus marmalade, burnt!? pine sap, overly ripe stonefruits, muscat grapes with rich caramels and a slightly dirty (in a good way!?) spicy alcohol presense.
Low carbonation, thick, viscous, almost port-like consistency and length, yet notoriously well hidden alcohol considering.
I could sit here and rattle off dozens of flavours I get from this beer, but to cut a long(er) story short it seems like a combination of resiny hop leaves, peach nectar, grapefruit juice, pine sap and liqueur muscat - delicious! Hugely lingering finish, warming with a smooth yet bold bitterness.
This could well be the best barley wine i’m yet to come across, and at the strength of a port, is the strongest. Amazing, and I could imagine this could age a decade with ease, and taste glorious!
Holy (835) - GERMANY - JAN 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #942 of 3600 shared with Travlr. Highs: great hops with fruit in the background. Wow. Taste is amazing; fruity, pineapple, apples. Great. Lows: strong alcohol in the aftertaste.
mcberko (9633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375mL bottle, pours dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of plum, dark currants, brown sugar, caramel / toffee and molasses. Flavour of plum, raisins, caramel, toffee, molasses and an immense sweetness - almost cloying. ABV is somehow not noticeable at all at 18% (!). Most wonderful.