TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask,hand pulled at Waggon & Horses,Halesowen.31st march.Amberish pour with minimal white head.Light aromas but some citrus and caramel there,alcohol too.Malt,caramel,fruit and some spice in the flavour.Alcohol well in evidence too but even so very easy to drink.
DanielBrown (3477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Taste of almost nothing - maybe that means itís smooth?? Itís smooth. Pleasant, nectary, smooth. This is beguiling, it creeps up on you. I ended up liking it, but didnít admit so to my chums, who werenít impressed. In fact, they made me drink the remnants of their measures of the stuff, which at 10% may not have been the brightest move of my career.
foxo82 (597) - Tamworth (via Leicester), Staffordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. Aroma of banana and marzipan, mixed with trampís urinal. Youk could get drunk off the aroma. Ok but not nice enough for the 10% ABV when you think of all the quality Belgians at that strength. Sickly sweet with fruitcake.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Paul says I love you. No nose he says. Gurd: marzipan. My arse............. oh god why....
Scopey (4612) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Wandsworth Beer Festival, March 2012. It pours hazy golden-amber, with a thin, bubbly white head. The nose is cake, toffee apple, spice, booze, cinnamon, vanilla and wood. The taste is varnish, dough, pear, melon, cinnamon, nectarine, honey, caramel, over-baked cake, with a warming, syrupy finish. Full body, soft carbonation and syrupy mouth-feel. A bit boozy, but good beer nonetheless.
tombyars (1269) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted this barley wine at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2003. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear pale mahogany in colour with a slight white open head which quickly disappears. Strong sweet sherry fumes in the powerful alcoholic aroma. Surprisingly thin texture in the mouthfeel and non existant lacing. Powerful pale malt base leads to a strong booming mouthfeel of liquified christmas cake and sherry trifle combined. Very sweet tasting notes include full moist maltloaf, sultanas, cherries, figs, dates, honey, golden and maple syrup. Could hardly detect any hop resins in the aftertaste as this heady brew steamrollers into the warming alcoholic finish with intense notes of sweet sherry, mead and drambuie all clamouring for attention. A superb barley wine in the old English tradition. Well worth seeking this gem out.
BillyCheer (5) - - FEB 4, 2011 does not count
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pulled through a swan-neck without sparkler. light orange gold amber with a thin white head. Sweet without being cloying or heavy, light bitterness. Easy drinking, creamy without any roughness. Cordial fruitiness like a mouthful of melted wine gums, lifted by smooth honeyed alcohol. Drinks with the ease of a very smooth LB Port.
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask. Minimal white head atop clear amber body. Aroma is sweet, cotton candy, mango, some acetone, orange. Taste is sweet, cotton candy, orange, some mango, light alcohol. Sticky full body.
tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask gravity at the Dudley Winter Beer festival. Pours amber with no head. Aroma was sweet and spiced dark fruit with some alcohol and mint. Sweet start, with Christmas cake fruit and spice to start. Some spice on the finish with warming alcohol on the finish.
Leighton (8648) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Gravity cask at Wandsworth Halloween Beer Festival, 2010. Pours a rich, ruby-amber with a faint, filmy head. Aroma is rife with alcohol, along with some malts and light fruits. More booze in the flavor, with some nice sweetness in the forms of caramel and honey coming through. Medium to full in body with light carbonation and plenty of warmth. Finishes with lingering alcohol and some caramel maltiness. If you straight up love the taste and feel of alcohol this beer will get your juices flowing. (3.5)
Bottle at the Croydonia Tasting - East Croydon. Huge thanks to Paul for sharing this beer, which was a vintage c. late 1970s. Pours mostly clear amber with a fine, white cream head. Nose of spruce, wood and aged fruits. Medium sweet flavor with notes of honey and lightly tangy fruits. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet finish with more tangy and subtly juicy fruits, some dry wood. Good stuff. Has aged very, very well. Certainly better than the fresh example I had previously. (3.8)