hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #685, brewed 6th April ’09. Very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is malty, slightly vegetal, with a distinct tang of grapefruit, which is also present in the taste, mingling delightfully with the sweet sticky, leathery maltiness. Mid to sharp bitterness. Immensely approachable and just right for a night of snow and frost.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl, at 10.8%Vol, new Dutch brew Anno 2008, from Slijterij van Bergen Eindhoven, very complex brew, balanced, cloudy, good head, very good brew, but expensive
M’ARCOlizzo (31) - ITALY - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 75 cl. Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a dense shaving foam style beige head leaving laces. Grapefruity hoppy aroma, smooth yet distinct hoppy, bitterness coming through. Very fruity with a distinctly hoppy finish.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled, 10.8% ABV) Orange-brown with a medium, tanned head. Strong, grainy-malty aroma with alcohol and strong exotic-fruity hops. Flavor is very grainy-malty with loads of hops poured in, even some ashy smokiness built in. Almost full body with low, soft-n-foamy carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not intrusive. A quite strange and very grainy-malty, heavy brew - a bit like Stille Nacht, but without the sweetness, and with a lot of hops added. Good, but a bit too heavy and barleywine-grainy for the style.
radiomgb (2450) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very muddy brown, thin dissipating tan head, very light lacing
Aroma is quite Hoppy, lots of citrus and grapefruit, moderate sweetness, some carmel and very light chocolate.
Flavour is quite Hoppy, quite bitter, rich and chewy, lots of citrus, moderate sweetness.
Bitter and Hoppy mouth, mod body, sharp carb.
Finishes long and Hoppy, bitter.
One of the coolest looking beers I have ever seen, so muddy. Very drinkable, hides the alcohol very well.
750ml bottle obtained in a trade with bierkoning, thanks Edo.
Opened on August 2, 2009.
Bottle #244/384. Bottled on Nov 17, 2008.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It’s dark, red mahogany with a small, creamy head. The aroma has notes of caramel, fruit, citrus and dark/dried fruit. The mouthfeel is nice and fat. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, caramel, citrus (mostly grapefruit), dark fruit and candy sugar. This very pleasant and nice beer hides the alcohol well.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sticky caramell and fudge, dense malty with light resinous hop notes. Flavour is big and sticky like a barleywine but with a good resinous hop kick in the end. When I had this fresh at Valby it was a fantastic hop bomb and a true US style I/DIPA, later on the bottles I have had have been either flat or extremely hop tired (or both) and has delivered more of a barleywine, a pretty damn good barleywine though.
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
VEyr nice, from the wax in the top and the taste. I got bottle 539. Drank it at Tames river and was delightful.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Doug! Batch 572. Dark caramel in the glass, thick, dense with a slick sticky tan head. Earthy topsoil hoppy blended aroma. Dank earthy leafy hops everywhere, subdued over time, not oxidized, just relaxed.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at Monks Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Pours out in a hazy reddish amber colour with a small off-white head. Rich and sappy aroma of pine-needles, resin, black-currant and caramel with touches of cookies, caramelized sugar and grapefruit. Full-bodied with notes of resin, dried figs, pine, oranges, burnt sugar, caramel, over-riped pears and grapefruit. Long chewy medium-bitter finish of grapefruit, resin, caramel and figs. Really tasty stuff but tastes more like a west coast style US Barley Wine.