BOLTZ7555 (2854) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Have truly enjoyed every beer by this brewer...until now. Muddy reddish, Oak Creek Canyon colored body. Even after an extremely aggressive pour, not a single solitary bubble rose to the surface. Thick. Aroma is a dull caramel. Nothing bright...no complexity...just sweet. Flavor is a syrupy, cloying mess without any carbonation to ignite the palate. This was a huge miss.
jimmy01 (31) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2010
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Very disappointing. Murky appearance, very liitle carbonation, virtually flat. I could not fininsh this beer.
Joen (41) - Tricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
hoppy caramel and yeasty aroma, splendid. ruby brown beer with a provoked head which took some effort. (15 % alc, explains it all)
Thick moutfeel, sweet evolves to bitter but really really smooth transition.
JohnnyJ (4677) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tiny bottle. Clear medium gold pour, very thin head, goes down to only a ring around the edge of the glass. Tons of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, fruit, apple, and pear. reminds a lot of strong desert wine. Decent, but overall I didnít enjoy it as much as I was hoping.
Jade (417) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brandy colour and look. Lots of fruit on the nose, particularly orange. Velvety smooth texture, tangy orange. Warming, bitter after taste. Very nice.
ClubGonzo (4375) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, purchased at the Struise bottle shop in Oostvleteren, Belgium. Pours a murky brown-red body with virtually no head. Nose is toffee, caramel, honey and hints of piny resin. Taste is unusual, with sweet caramel and earthy tones coupled with notes of rose hip and molasses. Well masked alcohol for such a high ABV. Original and well-made, but in the end I think this creation from De Molen comes across as "pretty good", as opposed to "really good".
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
With no head or carbonation this deep amber ale sits like a brandy. A vigorous swirl does nothing to lift a head but it does coat the glass in a sugary film. The nose is of brandy, raisin, biscuit, muscat grapes. There is also an oak aroma similar to an aged port. You can tell by the nose that this is a sweet beer; honey, toffee and candied sugar rise to the nose. In the mouth is a big punch of sugar, then come raisins and grapes and a smooth apple concentrate. Finally, at the back of the palate, I find overripe mango. There are hops too, yet these are dried, straw like and offer little in the way of bitter balance. The high alcohol is warming, but only a trace of the 15.2% is to be felt. Mouth feel is thick and syrupy, with no carbonation. This serves the style though. The finish develops towards preserved orange rind and earth, due to the hefty yeast sediment. Not highly impressive - and seriously too sweet - but pleasing as a sipper. Again and again one sees that barley wines need aging. So give this five or six years.
Countbeer (4909) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
# 396 of 429.
No foam no head.
Color is dark amber.
Smell is sweet: barleys, sugars, dark fruit, spices, sweets and candy.
Taste is creamy, soft on the tongue, like syrop.
Very sweet, with hints of pepper, fruit, red fruit, sugars, candy, barleys and malt. Sticky. Thick. No carbonation at all. Perfectly balanced, soft but strong. Very interesting!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a bright amber with a thin head. Aroma is thickly sweet, sherry, madiera cooked taste- some alcohol- then more as it warms, solvent, beet sugars, honey and medicinal. Flavor is syrupy sweet, caramel, butterscotch, honey, medicine-like, cough syrup sugar and just unfermented wort- kinda feel like I might get diabetes from all the residual sugar. Meh.
dnstone (2272) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong barleywine malt aroma. Amber color with a soft tan head. Sweet taste that coates the mouth, alcohol tones...reminds me of a 120 min IPA minus the hops. A fantastic beer.