SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle - Grand Cru 2005:
The clear, copper colored concotion coils and curls in my cup. The short lived whitish head with big soap bubbles struggles to remain. A quick swirl releases a boquet of aromas that are heavily hinged on rich oxidation and ethery alcohol. As the nose adjusts, more subtle notes of bourbony raisins and plums start to emerge. The thick, rich body brings the nicely aged caramel malts to the front with a heavy layer of toffee hitting me first. Toast, biscuit and sugar cookie notes come in waves, before the heavy plunk of alcohol heats the stomach. Wow - lots of booze here. The hops play a backseat role here, not making an appearance until the finish, where they balance the sweetness with a bitterness that is extremely rindy. Hmm, lots of interesting things happening here, but yet it seems somewhat sloppy. Lots of malt and lots of booze, but no real flow. Maybe a bit too long in the cellar I am guessing, because some of the meaty middle that you would expect with a beer this big is missing. Still nice, but a shell of what I believe this was a year or two ago.
BBHansen (685) - Køge, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ DØE Køge. Appearance: pours clear dark amber with ok soapy off-white head and lacing. aroma/taste: barley, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol, light darkfruits and spices. Palette: strong malty aroma, average carbonation, medium to full body, distinct sweetness, somewhat balanced by a medium bitterness, average to long duration and an oily texture. Overall: Nice and tasteful barley wine
PeatyPete (841) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 edition. Murky amber coloured beer with direct disappearing head. Aroma of canned fruit and sugar candy. Taste of vanilla, marmalade, sugary and boozy. Only downside was the price.
77ships (7251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you for sharing people! 2013 Vintage. Sampled 330 ml. bottle @ “Gouda Winterbier Festival 2016”. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Nose is warming, very sticky sweet candy, orange peel, sugar, light cloves, touch vanilla. Taste is weird cacao, sugar, cloves, warming orange peel, raisin, dates, cloying, grain, spices cake. Low carbonation, sugar & orange peel body. Minor odd flourishes but quite nice if you are into strong, sugary, low carb. vintage brews like this (I am).
Zlotta (1490) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 New rating: Sampled from tap at the brewpub. Clear, dark brownish amber with a white to tan head. Sweetish-malty aroma of caramel, honey, nuts and brown sugar. Sweetish-malty taste of caramel, brown sugar, nuts and some hiney, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter, a little spicy finish. Medium to full body, creamy and slightly effervescent mouthfeel, soft to average carbonation. Nice, a bit rounder than the standard version.
Old rating: From bottle at Winterbierfestival Gouda 2016. Clear, golden amber. Sweetish-malty, slightly sourish aroma of caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak. Sweet-sourish taste of caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and some oak, followed by a medium long, slightly bitter finish. Medium body, slightly creamy and minimally astringent mouthfeel, flat. Very nice! (7/3/7/4/14/3.5)
sjogro (2189) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at PINT Winterbier festival Gouda 2016. Dark amber with orange hue and offwhite head. Grapes, rum raisins, sweet orange candy, roasted almond, light minty herbs. Over medium sweet packing a strong alcoholic punch. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant experience!
ShivanDragon (3039) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint Winterbierfestival, Gouda 2016. Gedeeld met de ratebeer clan!
altijd leuk een flesje met waxlaag, doet vermoeden dat er wel een fantastisch bier in moet zitten... het schenkt iig helder caramel/bruin met witte kraag. aroma van zoet, alcohol, caramel, rozijn, graan. smaken zijn redelijk zoet, alcoholisch, graan, licht zuurtje, licht kruidig, rozijn, graan, medium body, iets dun van textuur, smooth, aardige barley wine, winkel verkoopwaarde ligt mijns inziens iets te hoog.
Borresteijn (6166) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at PINT Winterbierfestival ’16. Deep amber colour, thin white head. Aroma is sweet, raisins, fruity, malty, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is sweet, light spicy, malty, raisins, alcohol, some yeast, bittersweet finish. Full bodied, thick. Nice.
Maakun (3087) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at Winterbierfestival Gouda. Murky brown with small beige head. Sweet grains, grapes, red wine, marzipan, light leaves, peach, grape soda. Quite sweet with medium bitterness. Full bodied.
mariuspoenari (1214) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought this one at Oersoep beer fest 2015. Dark caramel colour with not much head. Smells of caramel and molasses and sweet malts, and also of piney hops. The taste is quite nice, like the beer’s been bourbon barrel-aged, with notes of caramel, bourbon and honey on top of a bitter hop body. A bit boozy, especially when it was cold (which was surprising for me, because, usually beers get boozy as they get warm), but has a nice warm and smooth mouthfeel.
Douberd (4528) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(De Hemel Nieuw Ligt Grand Cru) Waxed 330 ml bottle at home, vintage 2010, served into a snifter, ABV 12%
Deep red to amber colour on the body, some bubbles forming during pouring but the pop immediately.
Aroma of malts, sugars, caramel, light dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, with malts, caramel, some red and dark fruits but not as intense as I expected (and wanting), spices, light alcohol.
Medium thin body, good carbonation.
Not bad but not as good as I thought it would be either. I’ll look for a younger vintage though.