Fin (9684) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Bierkoning, Amsterdam consumed at my mums, Worcester 18.05.12 Pours almost ruby in colour (in this light), good clarity, no head. Huge amount of whisky on nose, in fact too much and it is already making me assume I will not like it. Meaty, sweet, thick, very alcoholic with fumes engulfing your mouth. Some tropical fruit, mango? Intetesting, very interesting, but not my thing I am afraid.
A5 A4 T5 P3 Ov10 2.7
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Sebletitje. Pours dark wooden brown with a very small bubbly white head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace. Smell is sweet with caramel, wood, alcohol, brazil nuts, bourbon, vanilla, prunes, raisins and hints of oxidation. Taste is very sweet with dark bread, dark honey, vanilla, bourbon, wood, caramel, hazelnuts, lemon zest and hints of minerals. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny boozy and full bodied with almost no carbonation. Finish is sweet and tiny bitter with wood, vanilla, honey and bourbon.
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
17cl bottle, #896/1392 from DeMolen biershop.
Cuivrée, qcq bulles percent la surface et disparaissent aussi vite.
Arôme de bourbon bien là sans pour cela être trop en avant, note caramel malté avec ce côté très barley wine.
En bouche, quasi aucun pétillant, profile épais visqueux/épais, bourbon est très bien placé avec une fin de bouche bien caramel. La bouteille est encore jeune, le bourbon reste en retrait, liquoreux qui colle aux lèvres, sucre candi, grains et malt. Une note légère de houblon se fait ressentir dans le style Saaz. Le fini en demeure très doux. Se déguste tranquille et les 16% restent bien cachés.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a small white head. Aroma is caramel, walnut, raisin, plum and alcohol. Flavour is caramel, alcohol, raisin, plum and light walnut.
gnoff (9594) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18 cl bottle consumed on May 4, 2012. Thanks to sebletitje!
Bottle 896 of 1392, bottled Feb 7th 2012
Hazy copper to brown color, verys mall white head. Sweet, alcohol, raissin scent. Sweet, malty, raissin, caramel, grainy, bread taste. Nuts aftertaste, intensely nutty even. Warming alcohol. Smooth low co2 mouthfeel, low bitterness. Very tasty! Also well done on having so high alcohol and still not letting it take over.
Travlr (21680) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #392. Clear ruby brown color, no head. Aroma of caramel, prunes, vanilla, subtle licorice. Taste is smooth and sweet caramel candy, rich summer fruits, with a finish of vanilla and suitable subtle whiskey. Well done.
Dedollewaitor (15580) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
18cl Bottle @ Carlsens Kvarter, Odense. Bottle # 103. Pours clear amber with a small bubbly white head. Nose and flavors are of dark fruit, caramel, oak, vanilla and alcohol. Smooth and full bodied. Well balanced. Vinous and slick. Perfect level of carbonation. Top notch!!!
harrisoni (17351) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Fin and Loz for this. I had one ageing in my garage so I swapped those over so this is an aged version. This bottle was from Menno. Thanks my friend. Drunk with some Lindt choc eggs. Cute little bottle. Deep red brown colour thin collar of white bubbles. Citrus and red fruit aroma. Touch of heat on end but the fruit is really terrific. Very clean beer. Quite light and agile. Vinuous like a light red Loire chilled red. Just a very lovely little post prandial drink. Lovely.
Doodler (317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear nip bottle with a red waxed top– thanks to Rune for bringing this from overseas for me. A favorite from my summer visit to De Miolen brewery., but I had drank my stash. Pours a nearly clear, reddish amber with a fluffy white head. Nose is dark fruits, light malts and caramel. Sweet flavors with caramel, vanilla and spiced fruits. Try it if you can. A very complex barleywine and an absolute delicious treat. Yummmy.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 18 cl bottle, brewed Jan 12th 2011, bottled Feb 7th 2012. The dark amber color looks great in the clear glass bottle with red wax! Pours lovely dark amber/mahogany, completely still. Quite nice looking. The aroma is very full of dark fruits - figs and dates especially, fudgy caramel, a lovely implemented barrel quality which leaves coconut and a trace of vanilla, too. There is a lovely Sauternes quality with a sweet, juicy late harvest white grape which plays particularly well with the bourbon notes. Rich plum quality as it warms. A hint of leather and tobacco. The taste is out of this world. Lots of sweetness, of course - dark fruits, caramel, bourbony oakiness, coconut, again it has the Sauternes quality which gives it somewhat of a freshness on the palate. That brings me to the palate - it’s so incredibly smooth! Very chewy texture, but a very very delicate carbonation providing a slight prickle on the tongue. I can’t believe how smooth it is and how easily it goes down - I have a hard time believing this is a 16% beer. Most definitely THE best high abv beer I’ve had. Most definitely THE best barleyed wine I’ve had. (9-4-9-5-17)
2nd bottle wasn’t nearly as good, slightly oxidized and more unbalanced sweet, so I cut the top off the rating.