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.
Douberd (3723) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (14316) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at Arendsnest in der Dam, 27/09/15.
Rich amber topped with a decent beige swirl.
Nose is bitter orange, spice, sweet caramel, fruit rinds, light booze.
Taste comprises rich fruit cake, dates, bitter orange, spice, rich malt.
Full body, fine carbonation, oily feel, sweet close with light warming alcohol.
Decent well rounded barley wine.
Mesjasz (363) - Lodz, POLAND - AUG 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, vintage 2012. Dark orange, hazy color, small tan head. Intense aroma of caramel, raisin, banana, honey, peach, Porto wine. Taste is medium sweet with small alcohol bitterness at finish. Flavor is caramel, honey, sweet malt. Aftertaste is Little dry with burning alcohol character. Full body, oily texture, flat carbonation.
weark (494) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - AUG 19, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Grand Cru 2009 - Bière achetée chez Erzbierschof en 2012 gardée en cave jusqu?au 19.08.2015 - De couleur brune sans mousse - Au nez des arômes de fruits sec (raisin, abricot), de pruneau, de daten de caramel, de malt, de cassonade, un nez envoûtant incroyable d?une grande complexité - En bouche une bière soyeuse presque plate des arômes de madère, de malt, de biscuit, de pruneaux, de raisin sec, de date, de cassonade, un légère note de café en fin de bouche, l’alcool est très bien dissimulé - Corp puissant, amertume légère, carbonation plate, douce et sucrée un final long doux et malté - une bière de garde par excellence qui aurait pu facilement veillir quelques années de plus dans ma cave EXCEPTIONNELLE
andriesradu (615) - ROMANIA - AUG 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with a small head. Malty, caramel, alchool, fruity, sweet. Flavor is heavy sweet with notes of caramel, warm alchool, Good
Jerre (3019) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste this beer on sat. 06.06.’15 from bottle 33 cl. @ Jan Ober’s home.
Clear amber color, with off-white head.
Aroma: sweet, fruits, white porto / amaretto. Full body.
Taste: sweet, fruits (abricots), caramle, wine touch, alcohol.
Finish = sweet.
Countbeer (5612) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 26, 2015
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
One of the most disgusting beers I have tasted.
Rotten leaves, puke and cardboard. Drainpour!
Want to give them a 2nd change, I don’t believe it’s this bad.
fkoolen (671) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ van moll, Eindhoven. Beautiful dark orange colour, white creamy head. Very alcoholic, liquorice and sweet malts. Not too balanced. Medium carbonation, firm mouthfeel.
markextrae (2503) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 version from draft. poured a amber colour with a tanned head. sweet barley, burned caramel sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, apricots, honey, some light notes of red fruits, think this would be better with some age indeed. it’s not what a real barley wine should be for my taste
langeveld12 (303) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a small head that completely diminishes. Body is hazy amber, sparkles are visible.
Aroma contains moderate malts (grain, molasses, a bit of roasted malts, cookie), light hops (flowers, citrus fruits), light yeasts (horse blanket) and caramel, sweet fruits like grape, raisin, prune and date, forest fruits, cherry, cola, alcohol and spices.
Flavor is light acidic, then sweet , followed by sweet and bitter and finally bitter.
Body is thick and syrupy, with almost no carbonation.
It’s got the sweetness of the barley wine but it’s still quite fruity. Complexity is not very high but it’s quite good anyway.