yumyum (219) - barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Initial tasting of a fresh bottle left me disappointed. Found it almost medicinal in nature. Retried a 2012 bottle and found it to be quite good. Alcohol has mellowed as expected and the melding of flavours makes it quite enjoyable. Pperfect amount of carbonation for the style. Surprisingly. Good retention with respect to the lacing. Wouldn’t recommended this as a fresh botle which I guess won’t be an issue since it is retired. Couple xyesrs makes a world of. Difference. Mostly caramel and dark fruits. At one point I swear I picked up a hint of cherry in the finish.
sudomorph (966) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a clear, bright ruby/caramel with a ring of a head. Aroma is sweeter with big caramel, bread, dark fruits, and almost a brandy barrel. Taste is sweet but balanced. Bready biscuit with caramel, dark fruits, and a bit of fruityness, probably from the yeast. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. A but syrupy in the mouth with a mild alcohol warmth. Overall very tasty. Caramel and dark fruits with a great mouth feel.
elbernays (1003) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore. Pours cloudy chestnut with tan head that disappears. Aroma is malts, caramel, hazelnut, liquorice, alcohol. Flavour is caramel sweet malt, raisin. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. ABV managed well. Nice for style.
SG111 (668) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 2007. So it is a 7 year old beer. Color is murky brown caramel. Little to no lacing. Aroma is amazing. Caramel, figs, vanilla, toffee. Flavor is similar. Caramel, figs, toffee. As expected, very little hop presence. Slight hop finish. Very slight. Almost cask-beer mouthfeel. Can’t believe how well this held up. Awesome.
rayaron (877) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - NOV 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 330ml. Hazy reddish-orange with small beige head. Quite intense sweet aroma, raisin, fruity (peach, apricot), syrupy, dulce de leche, some herbs, faint onion notes, some alcohol notes. Very sweet flavor, bourbon, quite alcoholic, sugary, raisin notes, some fruitiness, milky, syrupy, slightly buttery. Creamy texture, light carbonation, medium to full-bodied. Very good although it’s too sweet.
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. didn’t realize this whael was retired. Aroma is slightly oxidized and papery. Taste is lightly peppery. otherwise kind of flat. meh
demmbonz (702) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from 2011 to snifter. Nice malty barleywine with low hop bitterness. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
ansalon (2116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep caramel with a medium off white head. Aromas of caramel, ripe apple, figs, dates, toffee, prunes. Taste is caramel, figs, dates, ripe apple, prunes, toffee. Mouthfeel is quite smooth with low carbonation.
ccex (1121) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was pleased to find this on tap on the South Side of Chicago. Pours a clear caramel color with small off-white head and not much lacing. Aroma is full of fruitcake, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with a bitter boozy finish. Body is full. This one is a sipper for sure.
mithe (1207) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma : Fruity, alcohol, spicy.
Appearance : Hazy golden-orange color. Almost none head.
Taste : Alcohol, spicy, medium sweet, some fruits, light caramel, medium bitter.
Palate : Medium-full body. Spicy, strong alcohol warm finish.
Overall : Very strong, warming, sipping beer. Tasty.