rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a small beige head. Ginger aroma, floral, vinous, prunes, chocolate, caramel, coffee notes. Malty ginger flavor, almond, caramel, vinous, alcohol quite well hidden, chocolate, some coffee, raisins. Way too much ginger in the aroma, but otherwise rather nice.
Dazz3 (1429) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Smells abit barry, roasted malt and alcohol. Tastes creamy roasted malt, alot of malt and alcohol.
Psytron (1062) - Turku, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2012 Smell of herbs. Black colour, brown head. Heavy aroma of herbs and pepper, salmiakki, some coffee. Very oily. Next to zero carbon. A bit too high alcohol content.
mR_fr0g (1386) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Rich black pour wa thin tan head. Visus with lot od head. Aromas of punchy ginger zestyiness, with some solventy alcohol. Flavours of big dark malt coffee initially the ginger dominates the back end of the flavour and a lingering smokiness. The palete is viscous with mid carbonation (high for a barley wine.) Very interesting beer, but to me the flavours not in balance. The giner is too dominant and overpowers some of the malty character i want from a barley wine..
olio (4815) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle @ Naamat, Tampere.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of vanilla, mint, dried fruits, caramel malts and some coffee. Flavour of ginger, mint, creamy malts, caramel and spices. Mild dry spicy palate with burnt malt finish. Weird but not bad.
lusikka (4981) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375 ml bottle @ Kahdet Kasvot, Tampere.
Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, strong spices and herbs. Flavour of roasted malts, ginger, mint, grassy hops and licorice. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, roasty, salty finish. Very sweet. Rather weird but seems to work on some level.
ration (1840) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
091112. Bottle at naamat, tampere. Pours black with a small/no head. Aroma spices, mint, ginger. Strange spicy mix. Not Bad.
Pyrmir (2420) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A very sweet aroma of rosemary and ginger. Taste differed with temperature, at mid temp heavy with ginger, increasing temp brought out the chili flavors.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2013 Bottle from Beer Ritz. Pours a pitch black, with half a finger of dark tan head. Aroma is a lot of ginger (Fentimans Ginger Beer), gingery cake, a bit of cinnamon. It gave me flashbacks to International Arms Race, and set me up for a disappointment. Taste came as a wonderful surprise. Rich sweet barleywine malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, a little bit of spice (from the ginger and chipotle?) and a tiny hint of raspberry. Sweet upfront, but a nice coffee bitterness and a little (but genuine) spiciness, tempered with a touch of alcohol heat balances it really nicely. Complex as hell. To answer gyllenbock’s question "Who buys this junk?" (not entirely sure what he’s looking for - this has complexity by the barrel, and is maturely made and tasty as hell), I do. And I f*cking love it.
Ktwse (1220) - SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SB. Pours black with fairly big and thick tan head. Aroma is ginger, nuts, roasted malt, soy, cough syrup. Taste is very much cough syrup with a somewhat unpleasant bitterness taking over almost immediately from the initial sweetness. Finish is long but the bitterness, sadly, isn’t great. Body is creamy and thick, with just a hint of oiliness.