mcberko (6306) - 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 (2917) - 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 (3690) - 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.
tkrjukoff (4030) - SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 37,5 cl @ Kaj. Pours black with a tense bige tanned head. Aroma is roasted malty sweet ginger spicy fruity. Flavor is sweet roasted ginger ginger medical acidy bitter. Finishes boozy bitter ginger.
kryon (1356) - SWEDEN - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark dark brown w low head
Aromas of chilies, some coffee, and what?
Quite nice medium sweet barley taste. Medium bodied, low carbo, low bitter. Very sweet. Chili present.
mugabe (258) - SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/black. Nice head, not much nose-wise, some dark fruit. Incredible full body, fruity notes of dark chocolate and spice. Sticky sweetness balanced with alcohol warmth. Not much smokiness.
Gethinbeer (2148) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black colour with a large frothy white head and lace clinging to the glass. Ginger aroma. Smooth texture. Very rich, strong flavour of ginger, syrup and dark sugar. Initally a very spicy beer but smooths out quite mellow. Quite a sickly weird beer. Enjoyed the brew but not worth the money. So many better beers available for a third of the price. Im a sucker for buying it.
WilleLW (177) - Lund, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma of spices, chocolate, light smell of coffee and some malts. Also some orange with a sourness and ginger. Taste of chocolate, spices, some vinous sourness, spicy aftertaste and ginger. Good soft, thick mouthfeel. Strong taste with ginger and some dark dried fruits.
kermis (4945) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of big spices, molasses, herbal, mainly thyme, beef stock, pepper and some spice. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter, with pepper heat building in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
dEnk (3781) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ deans, tfs kermis! Aroma is herbal molasses, slight smoke and roast. Flavour is very spicy, almost minty with quite some roast, some smoke and a nice malty sweetness. Weird spicy thyme finish.