Lore (1218) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
deep dark colour, practically no head, only some lacing, which also disappears within some minutes; aroma of biscuit, toffee, hints of chocolate, spicy notes, and dark berries; taste of biscuit, toffee, dried berries, some bitterness and spicy-peppery aftertaste; cool barley wine
Arve_Christian (3280) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black color, some foam- high viscosity . Aromas of malt, dark choclate, dried fruits: high aroma intensity- light chili influence. Full body & high complexity . Immediate sweet, Then good bitterness. Very enjoyable
Christian (11277) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odense catch-up from the cellar. Black with a tiny off-white head. Aroma of licorice with a strong ginger note that appears very unusual for an imperial stout. Sweet and ginger dominated flavour with licorice, dark chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. Overwhelming ginger, but quite interesting
_angst_ (3051) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours reddish black with a small blackish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and spicy with biscuits, ginger ale, alcohol, raspberry jam, hay, black pepper corns, roasted malts and hints of bitter chocolate, honey and smoke. Taste is sweet and spicy with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, ginger, cardamon, black pepper corns, cloves, biscuits, caramel, hay, smoke, charred wood and hints of raspberry jam. Mouthfeel is round, cloying, sticky sweet, spicy astringent and medium bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter and spicy with roasted malts, ginger snaps, raspberry jam, caramel, bitter chocolate and smoke. A terrible mix drenched in ginger. Doesn’t work out at all...
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at BrewDog, Shepherd’s Bush on 7 December 2013. Poured black with a dense tan head. Powerful aroma of dark fruit, stem ginger and alcohol. Boozy dark cake flavour with prunes, liquorice and bitter roasted malt to balance. Finish was burnt toast, oak and molasses with warming alcohol. Top barley wine.
tfredvik (1203) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with a small, frothy head, this looks like another under-carbonated Abstrakt. Some lacing. The aroma is very strong, sweet and has lovely malty notes of dark caramel, dark chocolate and roasted notes. In addition it’s quite fruity, and in the back I get alcohol. The flavours are strong and very complex. Lightly roasted notes, dark caramel, dark chocolate, sweet and overripe fruits, liquorice, root beer and a pleasant chill burn in the aftertaste. I now read in the commercial description that the AB:11 is brewed with chipotle peppers, but I don’t really get the smoky flavours of this pepper, just the hot sensation.This is very sweet stuff, but both the moderate bitterness and the chill tame the sweetness quite efficiently. It’s a vinous brew, with well integrated and pleasant notes of alcohol. The body is full, the texture thick an oily, and even though the carbonation is extremely soft it fits the style well. A lovely beer!
[37.5 cl bottle, #5264/9819, enjoyed 16 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dates, ginger, light berry and pepper. Jet black with a thin brown head. Sweet molasses, dark berry, ginger and a bit of pepper. Roller coaster of flavor is correct, sweet and spicy with no bitterness. Even with all the crazy flavors, it is interesting vs. disjointed and although I wouldn’t drink another I did enjoy this one.
kraddel (3621) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown
Nearly unexisting brown head
Smell is harsh , dark fruits
Taste is bitter , than comes fruit and its sweetness , than the typical sweetness for the style . All behind a great spine of thickness and intensity .
ReV2 (150) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled September 2012. Consumed 1st December & again 22 Dec. Rose petal, floral aroma, dark brown with a decreasing head. Malt, raisins steeped in alcohol & ginger with a touch of soy. The chilli heat is gone though the taste is there, not as sweet as I expected. I was in no hurry to open this following the first ratings on this beer knowing that age would benefit this strong and complex brew. I love chills & I love beer but not in the same bottle though this just about gets away with it
KansaiBeerLvrs (2361) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the first Kinki Beer Tasting, bottle 8604 of 9819. One of the four we tried(01 02, 10, 11). This black barley wine poured a reddish dark brown almost purplish. The aroma was chili peppers & cherry cough syrup. After I said that everyone got annoyed with me for putting that taste in their minds... medium bodied with a sweet, earthy, cherry cough syrup with a dash of ginger but kind of boozy. Syrupy & a bit musty, this was my least favorite of the bunch.