Stultus (60) - ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark amber with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malty caramel fruity, wine and oak. Taste is sweet malty, alcohol (although very well hidden), fruity, oak vanilla, wine. Sweet oaky finish. Well balanced.
Deonis (21) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 3, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
without foam, pomegranate and a little smell of malt, soft fruit and wine taste bitter
in the aftertaste expressed dried fruits
Alengrin (4420) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The wine barrel aged version of this renowned Dutch barley wine, tasted at the Struise shop in Bruges. Moussy, pale greyish beige, thin and eventually dissolving head over a deep burgundy-hued brownish bronze beer with thin strings of tiny bubbles here and there. Rich and powerful aroma of old madera, toffee, raisins soaked in brown rum, almond, beef stock cubes, wet oak, wet leather, cognac, dried fig, vanilla, bayleaf, hazelnut oil, sherry, candied date. ’Noble’ sweet onset of a lot of dried fruits, raisins, candied dates, soft carbo, deeply situated but noticeable red wine tartness palpable from the start but very restrainedly so, oily and ’moelleux’, very thick, vinous mouthfeel, bit sticky due to the large amount of residual sugars, quite strong beefy umami flavors countering the sweetness, thick caramelly and even lightly chocolatey malt sweet core, strong but non-astringent brandy- and port-like alcohol warmth in the end, some drying wood tannins but softly so and a thin aftermath of red wine flavor, but not nearly as tart and sharp as I have experienced in many other wine barrel aged beers. In all, the same heavy, thick, luscious barley wine as the regular, but with a thin layer of Bordeaux wine added to it. Enjoyable as a slow sipper on a winter night, I’d say.
beer-yum (1291) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Powerful rich fruit aroma in a rusty brown pour. Massive sweet malt taste with fruity liquor balance with a hint of grape and wood for additional complexity. Not generally a style I like - but this would have to be an excellent example of it I suspect.
mariuspoenari (1375) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at THT June tasting. Dark ruby pour with a thin tan head. Prunes, raisins, dark fruit and dried fruit. Full bodied with a sticky-sweet aftertaste. Good beer.
tderoeck (8054) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
20/II/16 - 33cl bottle @ RBBWG V (Ben’s place) - BB: n/a, bottled: 9/VII/13 (2016-229) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!
Little hazy purple beer, small irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, vanilla notes, malty. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sourish start, some caramel, vanilla. Aftertaste: sourish, vinous, malty, caramel, vanilla.
Zlotta (1903) - Hagen, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33 l bottle at RBBWG 2016 in Antwerpen. Sweetish-malty, slightly fruity aroma of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and some red grapes. Sweet, fruity-malty taste of honey, caramel, vanilla and red grapes, followed by a short, slightly bitter, moderately alcoholic and warming finish. Medium to full body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Good!
djd07 (9712) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with medium beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is port, wood, caramel, toast. Medium mouth, candy sugar, caramel, boozy finish, very good.
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins and oak. Flavor was sweet and malty with caramel, dried fruit, oak, red wine, toffee and raisins. Sticky syrupy texture, full body flat carbonation.
TheJester (2502) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle. 2009 vintage. Can’t remember where I got it. Trade probably. Hazy, reddish brown. Just a ring of tan head. Fruity aroma, with a touch of something that’s very pleasant, but which I can’t place. The flavour is sweet, as some of the alcohol seems to have faded. Good sweet, though. Complex sweet. As if caramel and brown sugar and candi sugar and molasses and maple syrup have all gotten together and are having a party. But it is not overwhelming, or even cloying. Barrel effects are almost gone. I’d love to try this one fresher. My bad.