hackobock (1573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
September 26, 2014. Bottled february 24, 2010. Pours hazy reddish/brown with no head. Aroma is sweet, vinous with dried fruits, oak, red wine, red berries, alcohol. Taste is very sweet, caramel, berries and dried fruit with light dry oak and wine notes, alcohol warmth in the finish. Medium full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.
RexTalionis (2597) - FINLAND - OCT 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep copper in color with an off-white head. Barrel and oak at first in aroma, later on some vanilla and malty sweet notes appears as well and after that you get the quite intense aroma of red wine on the nose. There might be some notes of red berries too. Nice actually. Ripe garden fruits, some vanilla, sweet semi-dark bready notes and red wine oakyness mixed with little bit of vanilla spicyness in taste. Sweet, well yes but not too cloying fortunately. Some vinous and toffee notes towards the end. Nice warming effect too as the evenings are getting colder and colder. As a late evening dessert and as a nightcap this is quite okay.
kbudd19 (672) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tom10101, thanks man! 2013 vintage, had the regular last night so this should be fun. Pour is amber brown with light whit head, noticeably darker than the original. Aroma, corn syrup, vinous undertones, tart fruit, brown sugar, and a bit of oak, much better smelling than the bottle of the original version I tried last night. Taste is sweet sugar, honey, oily mouthfeel, light carbonation, sticky sweet finish, with no heat from the abv. This is a very interesting brew, much sweeter than the regular version, but not cloying, it’s very smooth, very fruity and much different than what I had yesterday, an improvement on the original in my humble opinion.
Gurthnar (2094) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle by Cuso. Aroma milk chocolate, toffee, dried fruits, general fruitiness. Light medovniky. Also lightest of cherries, sour. Hazy deep amber, almost brown colour. Taste is absolutely beautiful, overwhelming flavours. Soft, balanced, layered. Warming alcohol in background, soft sofisticated red fruits, vinous aged, caramel, cherries, lightest touch of roasted. Finish that leaves you longing for more. Excellent.
MisoW (1701) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, shared by Cuso, many thanks for this jewel, this is a great beer. Aroma of cherries, dark berries, malty, alcohol, strawberries, red wine. Taste is sweet, red berries, cherries, grapes, malty, alcohol present, hints of red wine. Very very nice, great beer.
Cuso (4963) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Red brown color minimal off-white head. Sweet fruit syrup malt in aroma. Sweet malt, brown sugar, red fruits, honey, red wine. Very tasty.
Iznougut (7) - Sant Quirze De Besora, - SEP 21, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Es nota el vi (del bo) per tot arreu, bon olor, un color marrón vermellós amb poquet gas i un regust fort a vi on no pot amagar l’alcohol que porta.. Perfecte per acompanyar un bon menjar.
gunnfryd (11042) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is alcohol, raisin, caramel, dried fruits, malt. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, white wine, berries, malt, raisin, caramel, dried fruits, vineous. Full body. Very nice beer.
Jaksmart (434) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. It is significantly more reddish than the original. Beautifully rich color with a surprisingly sturdy head. Aroma has some booze, a thick malt base and some esters. The red wine is subtle but provides a nice sourness which freshens the entire beer up. Also burnt caramel, figs, dried fruits, raisins. Taste is just excellent with fruits, heavy sweetness with a nice spice to it. Also a delicious sourness from the barrel. Almost perfect balance. The 15% is simply nowhere to be found in the taste. Smooth, rounded and delicious.
Lukasmh (206) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2014 Bottle. Pours nice hazy, intense deep red. Thumbs up for nice dark beige head and fizzy carbonation. Aroma is malty, vanilla, a bit tart and some wood. Burnt figs and caramel. Fresh! Taste is sweet, portwinish and with a blend of dried fruits and fruity freshness! Caramel and dense malt caracter. Really smooth mouthfeel. Finish is fruity and wooden dry - just what the original needed. Great Barly! Where is the 15,2 % ?