Cunningham (5828) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Opaque black color with a small beige head. Some lacing.
Aroma: Sweet fruity and dark malt.
Palate: Medium body. Slightly sweet and a bit spicy. Creamy carbonation. Hoppy tail.
Taste: A bit sweet and fruity. Lovely juniper notes. Hoppy touch in the end.
Overall impression: Lovely barley wine. But not something I could drink a lot of. Lovely by the fire in the evening.
Personal stats: Bottle (#4665 of 9819) from Systembolaget in Strömstad, Sweden
pilsnerrogge (2655) - Finspång, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle #236 of 9819:
Pours black with a mid sized head. Aroma is licorice and loads of pickled ginger. Flavour is dominated by pickled ginger. The chipotle shows up late and create a burning feeling on the lips.
Blairgus (3463) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11 jan 3013, bottle. Black. Nose is wet oak, faint red fruit, faint peppers. Thin/med body and almost flat. Really unique flavor. Spicy ginger. It is faintly spicy ad moderately ginger, along with dark slightly bitter chocolate. Not as big, bold, or aggressive as most Abstrakts but it is unique and interesting.
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Ratman197 (11500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle shared by arminjewell (thanks Armin!) poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of chipotles, carmel, toffee, smoke and citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of smoke, dark fruit, leather, roastiness, licorice and chipotles with a smooth dry lingering spicy fruity finish.
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks James! Thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of big ginger, plum, caramel, roast, coffee, chocolate, hints of berry, cherry, hints of slight pepper but pretty hidden, molasses, wow this is complex and crazy. Taste is a mix of coffee, ginger, chocolate, roast, hints of berry, touch of grain, hints of earth, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter, dry, with a hint of roast. Wow, interesting, but good.
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Thanks Armin! Pours a brown appearance with a brown head. Ginger, light citrusy, somewhat spicy, light caramel nose. Tangy ginger, caramel, light toffee, very spicy, somewhat citrusy flavor. Fairly smooth but not my favorite flavor.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Black colour. Sweet aroma of roasty malt and some alcohol with ginger to it. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour of roasty like maltiness with caramel, some (dark) fruit and ginger too, some alcohol.
mcberko (10034) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
375mL bottle, pours nearly black with a small tan head. Aroma of ginger upfront, followed by chipotle peppers, a subtle hint of raspberries, but no typical barley wine notes. Flavour is extremely bizarre, with prominent ginger notes upfront, blurred with raspberries and some mild peppers, all with more typical barley wine notes: sweet caramel, candied sugar and some dark fruits. The spices somehow work in here, though it’s not the most complex or elegant barley wine. Interesting experiment.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thank you Comin and Kendra - and shared with Colin! Pitch black, small foamy head. Alcohol , dark fruit, ginger aroma. Taste is very good - dark fruit, ginger, lots of alcohol, a bit of molasses. Thick. Complex and very good, what a treat!
77ships (5872) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml. bottle split 50/50 @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Same design as the others, beautiful, simple front sticker, green bottle & impossible to get out plastic cork. Bottle nr. 9232 of 9819. This is apparently a 12.8 % Imperial barley wine with ginger, black raspberries and chipotle peppers. Pours blackish with a serious, lovely mocha head, big bubbles but stable. Wow, nose is strongly dominated by ginger, lots of pure sweet, fresh ginger & some ginger soda, its really pushing things in overdrive & dangerously close to overkill. I am also picking up on liquorice, creamy roast, lightly sticky barley, quite a bit of spices, molasses and some coffee. Taste features a similar ginger profile that dominates and borders on overshadowing everything. It takes quite a bit getting into it & getting used to it but eventually starts working. Also picking up on liquorice, sweet & bitter herbs, coffee, light roast & grains, bitter ginger tea, cough syrup dash, light brown sugar, sticky barley & barley wine in the back, caramel & light dried fruit. Medium sticky body. I might perhaps pick up some fruits but I am not really getting chipotle. It is interesting, quirky, slightly off-putting at first but overall nice. Is it worth the price, hard to say, it all of the previous things & few if any beers really deserve the high prices in the end.