CpyNPrnT (509) - Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of whiskey, fruit, taste is raisin, dates, alcohol is hidden well, sweet, bottled 7/5/09.
Homer321 (2857) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Old ass bottle from the rotter. Pours nearly flat with a murky dark brown color. Aroma of wet paper and dog hair. Dusty. Taste is like dried prune juice and molasses extract. This is almost as bad as triple bock. Lots of soy sauce with a gross sweetness. Blarfh
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 oz. bottle from DrSilverworm - thanks again, Chris! 2009 vintage. Pours a clear red color with some beige bubbles that stack along the edge. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, dried cranberries, soap, toast, tea, and boozy bread. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, malty, sugary, boozy, barely bitter mouthfeel. Delivers more complexity than expected.
Theydon_Bois (12925) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, thanks to an IP trade with Harrisoni, 15/01/15.
Rich chestnut brown with a decent tan swirl that soon dissipates edgeward.
Nose is dark fruit rinds, bitter orange, dates, raisens, prunes, woody notes, toasted brown sugar, light booze.
Taste comprises mellow dark fruits, light booze tunes, brown sugar, dates, plummy notes, sweet licks, rich caramel, light spice.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet licks and lightly warming alcohol in the close.
Solid barley wine, alcohol is well hidden, age has likely knocked the sweet edge off a little, nice sipping juice.
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What would happen if geniuses meet? Well, something like this, apparently: a partially barrel-aged barley wine with a yellowish head on a misty copper-coloured beer, with a complex, beautifully perfumed aroma of strawberry, cognac, banana, peat, oak, mango and honey and a sweetish caramelly and honeyishly malty taste, some toast, some wood, some smokiness, finishing with bitter but most of all, aromatic hops and warming, brandy-like, but not astringent alcohol. Simply said: Mikkeller and Brewdog collaborating could result in nothing less than a near-masterpiece...
Stuu666 (6784) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting. Sweet fruity toffee, bitter, dry, pine, slight oxidisation.
zimbo (766) - SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Banana is your first thought followed by some very generous massaging silky quality throughout the taste and body. Some sap leading to the unmistakable dominant banana fritter end.
allmyvinyl (6645) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle courtesy of Craig, never thought I’d get to try this, cheers! Pours opaque brown, no head. Aromas are oxidised sherry and whisky. Taste is more of the same. Astringent booze finish.
BenH (3086) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep ruby with off white head. Aroma is oxidised, sherry fruits. Taste is a little harsh, sherry, dried fruit and toffee, biscuit. Sweet and tangy. Ok
Scopey (9420) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, thanks to Kenny! BrewDog #199. Promisingly opens with a soft hiss... It pours deep brown with an orange hue and small tan head. The nose is initially lightly musty (although this dissipates with time), then plum, caramel, prune, date, spice, wood, slight oxidation, marmalade and stewed orange. The taste is raisin, orange peel, kumquat, peach, plum, prune, wood, varnish, earth, resin, nice bitterness, good alcohol kick, peppery notes, with a dry, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Interesting, well rounded and good depth of flavour. Rather nice.