McNeillR (1778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full on dirty brown murk, odd bubbly head and weird spirity lacing. Nose is full on; burn coconut, varnish, wood, cherry and an affront to any malt with an effortless sweetness. Initial taste isn’t far off, balances things out with plucks of malt, caramel, wafts of vanilla and a dusting of spiciness. Drips of lemon, cola and then the booziness rears itself. Carbonation isn’t too soft, engaging mouthfeel and spicy enough for the linger. Finishes creamy, soft berry and molten malt. Linger is a covered thick with this sweetness and peppery, dry boozy linger.
Bottle, Garvie?, Decantillon Tasting
BenH (3068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Darkest red with off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, raisins, prunes. Taste of dried fruits, oak, vanilla, raisins. Nice sweet and bitter
Stuu666 (6743) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is toffee, vanilla, huge coconut, taste is similar, caramel, little hot.
cgarvieuk (17618) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... amber ... thin tan lacing ... soft fruit ... sweet toffee fruit light alcohol nose .. soft sweet toffee coconut fruits ... juicy fruit s... juicy fruits .. big sweet toffee ... dark raisins.. soft sweet fruits...
allmyvinyl (6572) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hay red amber with a thin white head. Aromas of soil, red fruit. Taste is red fruit, malt, boozy finish.
Inbreak (2918) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Old rating rerated 09.07.2015, old & new batch @ home:
Old - 0,18l bottle (219/1722):
Tiny bubbly shortlasting head. Aroma is mild and balanced, dark sugar, burnt caramel, oak, grass, dark malts, raisins, nuts, minerals, coffee, toffee, hints og old hops and citrus peel. Taste is slightly sweet and well balanced, dark sugar, grass, raisins, oak, toffee, minerals, burnt caramel, nuts, dark malts, old hops, citrus peel, hints of butterscotch. Medium bitterness, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice, but it may have been just a little bit better @ Kulminator before Toer de Geuze 2 years ago...
New - 0,33l bottle:
Small slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and dry, oak, bourbon, burnt caramel, dark malts, grass, minerals, coffee, dried dark fruits, hops, dark sugar, hints of citrus peel. Taste is slightly rich, oak, dried dark fruits, bourbon, grass, burnt caramel, dark malts, hops, minerals, toffee, citrus peel, dark sugar, coffee. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry and syrupy mouthfeel. Nice, but it feels a little too fresh and unbalanced. The old batch is (and was even several years ago) a lot better. So I guess I’ll age the rest of the bottles for at least a few years ’till next time...
Swaroga (1813) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A strange Barley Wine indeed. Cloying sweet but rich. Had aromas of toffee, nuts and chocolate. It had also aromas of soya sauce, bbq sauce and cabbage. Taste was more appealing although difficult to drink and I had it on a very hot day....
GlasgowTAD (656) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown-black with no head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon and slight vanilla. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla. Full bodied and rich.
ABT_S54 (274) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours deep brown garnet with a dark tan head which almost immediately disappears. Aroma is astonishingly decadent with booze, vanilla, oak, buttercream, toffee, Christmas cake and of course bourbon. Taste is exactly as expected however, the extreme sweetness overpowers and bitterness that may try and get a look in. Maybe not the most balanced beer in the world but one of my favourites. Yes it is boozy but you would not guess the ABV. I have never tried a beer this good which still has so much aging possibilities. I can only imagine what this would taste like in 2039 (BB Date). Almost perfect. If it wasn’t for the obvious aging potential of this it would get 20 but I reckon the sweetness will mellow nicely over time.
markextrae (2170) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle at home, new batch. poured a cola brown colour with a small off oily ring on top.sweet sticky bourbon hits your face, sweet barley, caramel sweetness, plums, toffee, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, very fruity aftertaste, dried apricots, raisins, bit of a spicy alcohol finish, i’m getting some dried cherries aswell. cloves, incredible, very thick and chewy mouthfeel! need to get a few more of these! these will taste even better after a year! very nice barley wine!