Nocturne (1134) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Dark copper with a ring of head. Huge wine barrel smoothing over the aroma with much red berries. Little peppery spice. Thick, sweet and syrupy like the base beer. Great barrel again. Good drinkability. A bit one-note but that note is very refined.
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Guinn’s thanks to Casey! Pours a very dark amber with thin to no head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruits, raisins, slight oak. Slight smoke/burnt notes. Flavor follows and is pretty sweet. More oak with light tartness. Really great beer. Thanks so much, Casey!
markextrae (2041) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle at home, new batch from 2014. poured a poured a dark amber colour with a dark red shade to it. leaving a oily creamed colour ring on top. sweet barley notice, caramel, toffee, oak, red grapes, wine, sweet raisins, red fruits and slight vineous in the nose, creamy mouthfeel. getting some slight hint of smoke in the end aswell. not as vineous in the taste as the nose was expecting. very full bodied and creamy mouthfeel! lot’s of dried fruits in there as well. also some dried apricot. very good!
Kleurplaatje (85) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours hazy amber with no head at all. Aroma is fruity, sugary, caramelly and a tad alcoholic. Some vinous notes too. Quite massive if you ask me. Wow. Taste is incredibly sweet with some beautiful fruity and vinous, woody, undertones. Clear notes of oak, grapes, vanilla and dried fruits. Long lingering caramel kick from the beginning, evolving towards a slight bitterish, sweetish and remarkably soft and smooth finish (alcohol is extremely well hidden). The caramel sweetness lingers long and goes accompanied with a nice soft warmishness in the end. Beautiful smooth brew. Nice full body, sticky, somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Incredibly well balanced, just like the original B&G. Massive all over the way again. The vinous notes work out absolutely fantastic in terms of taste and thickness, giving it just that bit more intensity. Truly a world class barley wine gem.
procraste (155) - FRANCE - APR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brun foncé rougeoyant. Attaque piquante avant de napper le palais de caramel fruité. Un final long et doux ... Un peu sirupeux tout de même / sentiment d’avoir une bière "adoucie" dont le houblon serait passé à l’arrière plan. Un côté tarte tain en se réchauffant dans le verre
martjoobolut (1470) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33L bottle (from Koht, Tallinn), bottled 19.12.2014. Pours copper without head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, red wine, raisins. Flavor is sweet and sour, toffee, caramel, fruits, red wine, raisins. Finish has some warming alcohol. Overall: great brew.
Marduk (3861) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear copper color. Sweet, caramel, raisins, alcohol in aroma. Aroma is bit thinner than non-BA version. Caramel, raisins, roast, bit of dried apples in taste. No alcohol detected in taste. Bit sour, but omg those woody wild raisins in aftertaste. Fantastic!
FatPhil (10724) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut
First aroma was alas pure alcohol. However, after that it’s massively raisiny, really nice. Lighter palate than non-BA, almost actually light. Malts hide behind the raisons and dried fruits. Balance is just right for a sipper. Finish has a nice ix of the dried fruits, raisins, malts, and even bitter hops. Damn good.
suurjuust (1746) - ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown beer, almost no head. Nose is thick malt and booze, caramel, bread notes, sweetness, wine. Flavor is winey, woody, bready, malty, caramel, dried fruit. Tart notes, wood an caramel in the finish. Vinous mouthfeel. Interesting stuff.
The_Osprey (3047) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottled Jan 2013 at 15.2%, red wax. Dark brown, orange tinge, still, clear, small white head. Aroma is sickly strawberry jam, oxidation, sherry. Body is medium, touch of carbonation, slightly foamy, tooth-coating sugar. Taste is very sweet, strawberry jam, caramel, strawberry cream chocolates, no alcohol coming through at all. HUGE sweet beer. Nice flavours, but way too sweet. If you like eating strawberry jam from a spoon, with sugar sprinkled on top, then you’ll love this one.