TrefwoordPunk (732) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a muddy purple/red with no head and an aroma of cherries, berries and dark malts.. Taste is also high on fruits, again berries and cherries, but also grapes and plums. Also lots of brown sugar in the taste, too much sugar for my taste. Not the best from de Molen, but still a nice beer.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0607 Muddy black pour, very still, no carbonation. Aroma is sweet, toffee and caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Flavor is sticky sweet, pretty one dimentional as far as that goes but still pretty enjoyable. Some chocolate and sugar with a hint of cherry and wood.
teorn88 (1911) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 vintage, 33cl bottle. Reddish amber colour. Medium off-white head. Aroma: lots of vinous fruits (prunes, plums, raisins) and caramel malts. Taste: very sweet with caramel malts to the fore. Notes of oranges. Vinous fruits are all around, mostly plums and figs.The beer comes out as quite balanced. Full bodied with soft carbonation. The finish is gently bitter and sweet with vanilla and a warming alcohol flavor. A really good beer. Very taste and characterful. The vinous and liqueur-like qualities in this one is superb. Many raters found this beer flat, with no carbonation or head at all; I canít say the same for my bottle: I found a normal head and a quite soft carbonation...and I liked it!
bhensonb (10186) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from De Krackte Ketel (sic). Pours dark amber with no head. Light sweet aroma, almost like honey. Rather dense body with no real carbonation. Flavor is like an orange blossom meade? Itís sweet, but not obnoxiously so. The heat is not really there. How does a brewer craft this? This must be an example of artisanal brewing. Difficult to believe that itís a standard recipe.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at RBWG 2010. There is huge old ale in this aroma, which goes far into the flavor, which is surprisingly sweet considering how high the percentage is. Did it really ferment this much? Good shit.
Abio (1507) - Waasland, BELGIUM - APR 5, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2010 Bottle at home. Nr 271/429. Bottled 16 nov 2009, brewed 07 oct 2009. No head at all, no carbonation at all. Amber, some red colour. While the taste (sweet-fruit) isnít bad but way to sweet,, the lack of any carbonation and foam makes it hard to call this a beer for me. More like a cider. A brewer, famous like that, that canít get any gas in his bottles? It was expensive enough to hope for some gas! What a dissapointment... Good as a degustive, bad as a beer.
spkevin (368) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from De Molen. Pours a flat beer with no head. No carbonation in this beer. Complex aroma with hints of dark fruits, apples and berries. Taste is wonderfull. Huge beer with such a complex, full body. Love this Barley Wine. Again hints of berries, grapes and apples. Every new sip brought new hints of something great thatís hidden in this beer. Bit sticky but still great. Had a young bottle. This beer should be aged before drinking it! Great beer from a great brewery!
jesperhammer (2606) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
02-APR-2010, bottle @home, from "Fish & Beer"
Lovely orange/brown with almost no head.
Sweet, sugary (brown sugar), dried fruit and alcoholic nose.
Sticky sweet, low carbonation, very full.
Not bitter, not roasted - funny barley wine, but nice beer. Dessert like.
gunnar (4733) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 28, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
75 cl Bottle from ōlkonsortiet, Ňlborg. Batch 477, bottle no 430. The FG on this bottles label warns me, but canít quite prepare me enough for the amount of sugar in this one. Pours murky amber with no head at all. Strong sweet fruits,caramel and some yeast in the nose. Medium bodied. Oily and sticky. Taste is over the top sweet and vinous. Caramel, sugar and alcohol mainly. Way too unbalanced for me, remins me of some mead....
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: Bommen & Granalen
Date: March 12, 2010
Appearance: could burnt orange, scant frothy head
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma, caramel sweetness, touch of alcohol
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, lots of fruity character, candy caramel sweetness, balancing hopyness, light spicyness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4