Scout666 (1) - - SEP 29, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I got an 2009. The flavor started off strong. Almost seemed like it would be overwhelming. But then the malts took over. It smoothed out by the third sip.. As its a few years old the hops had simmered down now. The pour was dark, with a lil bit o head that sent lines down into the glass. One of the better BWs ive had.
Alphadelic (1733) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I WAS HAMMERED AND A RE-RATE SHALL BE FORTHCOMING:
Dark ruby brown with beige whisps of head. Rich caramel with dates on the nose. Rich but oh so light fruity and lightly hopped. My word that is the best drinkabilty against percentage mix ever. Deeeeeep. Perfect?
armando629 (2326) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
0, 33 l botle, shared with Balazs, thanx!
Poured deep amber-reddish coppery with a small creamy off white head. Liqueric, fruity aroma with fig, apricot, some plum. After the dried fruits comes the resiny-citrussy hop perfume with a fine malt-caramel background. Heavy-oily body with a huge malt base, fruity alcohol flavor with apricot and fig again. The lurky hop bits in the finish with a powerful herbal-resiny-citrussy character. Fantastic barleywine!!!
bhiner41 (169) - La Grange, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong, very strong. I split this sipping beer with three people as we all wanted a taste. After the first sip we were glad to share this one. You definitely note the whiskey taste in this ale. Small tan head with an alcohol whiskey smell.
Balazs (688) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured hazy copper red, with a tan lacing head. Strong nose of sundried apricot, raisins, caramel and alcohol. This collaboration brew refused to blend; I detected a split personality of fruity sweetness battling grassy, hoppy, almost herbal bitterness, with no clear winner. Oily, heavy, dense body with fine, tongue-tingling carbonation. Unique, strong, characteristic.
zach8270 (3047) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(from a bottle @ The Old Toad Mikkeller Beer Dinner) Dark copper color with almost no head. Big and huge malt and whiskey aroma with a lot of vanilla and oak and alcohol notes. Flavor matches the aroma. Lots of alcohol, vanilla and whiskey flavors with a very smooth woody middle from the barrels and a warming and sweet port-like finish. Very smooth for over 12% and very tasty.
Travlr (9954) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best of the night at Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle. Shared with Brian and Jose. Dark reddish brown, cloudy. Tastes like a smoky and complex scotch ale. Burnt caramel edges and nice long finish. Odd plastic label Find this one.
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh glorious, glorious beer! I must state for the record that I donít go crazy for barley wine type beers, generally they end up to sickly and cloying. However, there are a few I have tasted and loved over time. Due partly to integrating strong, fine hop character. Straight out of the bottle I can see Mikkeller has had a hand in this brew, and yes, itís all down to that signature head, thereís something incredibly unique about the Danish head on beer, and it sticks out a mile. All be it a small head it is creamy and dense, then fades to the surroundings over time. The brew itself is a wonderful rusty red colour, a glowing early Autumnal (or fall to our American friends) glow, suitable for a fireside retreat. The aroma is that of a sweet wine or even like a liqueur Muscat, something that balances sweet pungency with lush yet delicate complexity. I get a little whisky, but not masses, definitely there though, followed by light treacle toffee, an almost botrysised residual sugar aroma reminiscent of Ice Wine, amazingly delicate in itís own way for such a brute, then thereís rich marmalade, some citrus and cream. The flavour is hard to pick apart in some ways, itís like a cohesive experience melding flavour and texture, a synaesthesia experience where you taste what you feel and feel what you taste. I get more treacle, lots of caramel, more of a marmalade feel toward the mid and back of the palate, great bitter orange/citrus from the hop, like a steady hand upon the wheel in a seductive storm, steering the boat straight. Maybe some dried fruits, from apricot to sultana, but never becoming tart, some caramelized sugar, condensed milkÖ Finish is reassuringly bitter, which sets you up for the next sip, alcohol well disguised, the most handsome characteristic has to be the unbelievably lush texture of the beast, like sipping mouth expanding velvet, I could almost quaff the monster, though I know it must be respected, no burn, not even that much warmth, just a comforting vibration in my solar-plexus. This is an unusually awesome beer for itís style, and one I would have no problem drinking again and again. Better than I expected by a LONG shot, and somehow surprising in itís approach and massive drinkability. Wicked!
MesandSim (7121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Nick at realale.com
Stunning dark ruby amber colour with a pillowy beige head that settles slowly to a chunky film. A damn good looking beer. Preserve fruits, leather, tobacco and thick sweet malts on the nose. Utterly glorious flavour. When I first tried this I wasnít too fussed. As is often the case, a few months in the bottle has really done this good. Thick chewy malt with a big raw candy sugar hit come first. Swiftly followed by hints of marzipan from the alcohol, lots of cake, berry fruits and a good stinging bitterness that partly comes from the hops and partly comes from the alcohol. Yes itís a little on the hot side but itís one of those beers that carries it well. Great belly glow confirms this is one that means business. Burnt caramel and perverted boozy finish that has formidable length. An enjoyable collaboration between two of my favourite brewers.
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reminds me of James Francoís colorful description in Pineapple Express. "Imagine that Mikkeller beer and Brewdog Beer got together and had a baby, and then that baby got together with Scotch Whisky and had another baby...."
Nose is a little weird, but balanced and complex. Sweet, bitter, oaky, spicy. All good stuff, but not amazing. The palate however is an explosion of red apple, vanilla, spices, yeastiness (could use a few more years) and that intangible terroir element.
Very good stuff indeed. Iíd like to try this bottle with two years on it.