shoulderbroken (1145) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kris Wines, some time last year. Pours dark red brown with bubbly gold head. Aroma is smoky, boozy, lots of dark fruit, wood, whisky. Intense spiky and spicy booziness. Taste is quite smooth though. Taste is very boozy, can really taste the wood and whisky of the barrel. Very malty, even with a touch of caramel like creaminess. There is some bitterness at the end, but this is overwhelmed by the booze kick. Bit spice too. Surprisingly smooth and drinkable. This is pretty nice. Probably wouldn’t have more than one in a sitting though!
Cuso (2656) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from beerplanet web shop. hazy brown color with small beige head. Aroma of toffee, cookies, dried tropical fruit, whiskey. Taste, milk chocolate, dried tropical fruit, vanilla, caramel, wood, whiskey, bitter hops. Long alcoholic bitter finish. Nice complex beer.
magdalar (500) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark cloudy orange with a small head.
Smells divine, of prunes, caramel, red berries, wood, and a slight hint of whisky.
Tastes of a heavy bitter, medium tartness, and medium sweetness. Pine, prune, acetic, and heavy alcohol.
Texture is oily, carbonation is medium, body is medium. Finishes quite alcoholic, with a large bitterness, Interesting, but mostly a one-time beer.
Mosborne (11) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown with a light brown head with not much retention. Huge alcohol punch, slightly fruity malty flavour and a hint of oak. Thick on the palette with lingering malty flavours.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
SimplySike (421) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poors cloudy dark amber off creme head. Aroma is alcohol malts. Taste alcohol sweet sour some salt intens.
zacgillbanks (962) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the BrewDog website. A dark red beer with extremely rich red fruity whisky like flavours and an extremely powerfully alcoholic dry malty hazelnut and vanilla finish.
yiannnos (458) - , CYPRUS - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2012 Bottle, aged. Dark brown colour. Some whiskey in the aroma. Taste is whiskey, raisins, umami and alcohol.
Blairgus (1753) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
27 jan 2012, bottle. Ruby w a pink notes. First whif had something of oak barrel in it. Ever since all I’ve gotten is sweet, meaty ale. Med/full body and a bit fizzy. Slight dry woodiness (that especially comes out in the finish), winey, wet, alcoholic raisins, fermenting bread. Nice. A little tartness in there certainly makes this unique.
Hugh (148) - Zillebeke, BELGIUM - JAN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good head declining to a British type head as appropriate. Medium carbonation, amber colour. The slight aroma I took to be ’old beer’ but it isallied to the flavour, which is whisky, salty and burned malt. The palate has an alcohol burn which is the overriding sense, and a little sweetness. I do like this, but alcohol does bite the tongue.
ClubGonzo (2718) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen. After passing on this because of luggage weight priority issues I finally managed to pick this one up, and I guess it doesn’t hurt from a couple of extra years in the cellar. :-) Pours a deep clear bronze-coppery body with a small, short-lived white head. Aroma is lovely: wood, dark fruits, red berries, whisky, deep malts, cognac and hints of molasses and tar. Taste is deep caramel malty tones with burnt sugar, whisky, wood and hints of dark fruits and peat. Extremely smooth blend, only spoiled by a vicious level of over-carbonation: a fizzy barley wine kinda misses the mark in my book. If I were to speculate (and I am, this is MY rating :-P), I’d say it feels like someone decided to force carb it after the barrel aging (which sometimes drains the beer of CO2) and then went a little trigger happy. Still a damn fine brew.