Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to madmitch76 for sending this beauty across the pond. The 750mL, corked, caged and then red waxed bottle has a striking, nay, impressive pour. I see this muddy amber liquid glugging away out of a bright red waxed mouth of the bottle. It is a beautiful sight to be sure. In the glass it has a hazy murky amber body supporting a light tan head. The aroma is a clean mix of pine, musty malts, some raisins and some prunes. The taste has a thick aged maltiness blending into full rounded assertive pine hoppiness that strides smoothly into the finish. This has turned into a wonderful American style barleywine.
Svesse (6967) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Wallingatan, Stockholm) Dark brownish amber colour with brief head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of caramel, dried fruit, orange, grapefruit, red berries, rubber and huge amounts of piney, citrussy hops. Malty, fruity taste with caramel, dried fruit and a generous hoppy bitterness with hints of black-currant, grapefruit and pine needles. Full body, fairly sweet and very bitter. Low carbonation. There’s a touch of warming alcohol but the hops and malt mask the alcohol level fairly well. Excellent beer.
jnelson_22 (118) - Heerlen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep ruby, brown with a sticky, off-white head that fades slowly. Big, earthy, piney hop aroma with some underlying deeper malt like deep fruit or molasses and some pineapple in the back. Aggressive hop bite in the mouth, though quickly balanced out by a sweet, deep fruit malt character and a lingering, grassy hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden for the abv. As it warms, the sweetness becomes more pronounced, though the big hop profile remains. A great imp IPA.
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 (4691) - 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 (2519) - 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 (10191) - 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.