sunevdj (3134) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Smells of almond. Very sweet with loads of caramel and toffee. Some cask wood. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish.
Hermod (3077) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle, shared @Kaisla 30.11.2013. Poured mahogany, clear, no head. Strong dark fruity aroma with toffee, wood, sweetness and alcohol. Flavor has raisins, toffee, hops, wood, mild smokey notes. Full bodied, oily and sticky. Long warming sweet toffee finish. Complex and heavy stuff. Could well try this again.
bytemesis (3020) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle with thanks to BenH! Pours hazy chestnut, small off-white head dissipates to a ring that laces well. Aroma is very oaky, dark sugars, vanilla, toffee, light pine, dates. Flavor is full on sweet, medium bitter, oak, whiskey, pine, a bit of citrus. I am not getting any peaty or smoky flavors though. Full body, creamy mouthfeel. Very, very hot from the ABV. Pretty darn good, but a bit too hot.
maneliquor (3007) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2014 Bottle from BrewDog Shoreditch. Pours deep amber with a small, sticky beige head. Nose is quite sweet and boozy with heavy caramlised raisin, fig, date - bucket loads of dried fruits and burnt undertones. A fairly sweet beer but damn smooth for the ABV. Creamy stufff. Creme caramel, nutty underneath, oaky vanilla, coffee, stewed fruits. There is heat but it’s the type of heat that I like and I think it works well. Good stuff
allmyvinyl (2909) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 Re-rate 31/01/2014. Lot more complexity starting to come out, including the barrel and some Belgian yeast notes. Getting better...
330ml bottle from Appellation Wines - cheers Ash! For all the blurb, we’re in pretty standard US-barley wine or Double IPA territory here. Fresh citrus hop aromas disguise any other subtleties that might be there from the Tripel end of the mix, or even from the barrel aging. I’m not finding it as sweet as some of the other reviewers, and think it’s quite well-balanced, if not ’all that’. Got a few stashed away, so might re-rate if it improves with age.
kraddel (2796) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark amber
Very malty back under a great hopprofile ( typical brewdog hops )
Tiny bit of booze , but not much oak
Thick mouthfeel . NICE taste ! Buttery , hoppy , oak , sweet , some whiskey ( very low amount ) , grains ,... Damn this is way better than feared . I like this a lot !
Beersiveknown (2781) - NORTHERN IRELAND - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark hazy chestnut with beige head collapsing to a lacing. Rich toffee and resinous pine nose. Full bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Vanilla oaky butterscotch sweetness tempered by rich resinous hops and red berries. Quite sweet with a touch of woody astringency. A dessert sipper and not much needed.
Habanero (2490) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. pours clear, eep golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted caramel wood and spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry, bitter and with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent Strong Ale.
AshtonMcCobb (2372) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another old rating I’ve just found. 33cl bottle from Appellation Wines.
Appearance - dark amber so the oaking presumably has darkened it a little. Not much head.
Nose - pine and citrus probably oranges. Not a huge amount of evidence of Belgian yeast in there. Not sure what I was expecting.
Taste - mire of the same. I expected some sweeter notes.
Palate - medium to full bodied with a tangy texture and a fairly balanced finish.
Overall - interesting though perhaps a few months will help it to knit together better.
BenH (2198) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks very nice, glowing amber with off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dried fruit and resin. Taste of sherry fruits, raisin, resinous hops. No alcohol flavour but some burn in the chest. Very sweet and drinks like a sherry. Nice, I like this