fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured clear dark amber, no CO2-flat, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, little bready, little vinious.
ReAle (120) - Rome, ITALY - NOV 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2011 75cl bottle bought @Brasserie 4:20 (Rome) - Intense orange-cognac color. The aroma is deep, strong, persistent. Dark fruits, mostly cherry and caramel. The taste is sweet too and fruity but delicate, not so strong as I imagined. Full body, incredibly dense, no foam. It seems a sort of Passito di Pantelleria or Sciachetrŗ delle Cinque Terre. What a good Barley Wine!!
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
De molen bomb and grenades. Half pour at de molen... Pours a mostly
opaque darker orange brown with a thin to medium soapy white head...
Nose is strong with sweet dark fruits, candied sugar, and softer
caramel tones and yeasty esthers... Flavors are heavily on the sweeter
side with a dark rum fruit cake essence and very very alcohol laden.
Body is syrupy with light to medium carbonation. A little too
cloyingly sweet for my liking.
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - 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 (34) - 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 (42) - 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 (4949) - 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 (423) - 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 (4753) - 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.