ClubGonzo (2761) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken, shared with BBGTC. Pours a clear, cognac-hued brown body with no head, out of the tiny, clear glass bottle. For a wax-sealed BW weighing in at 16,2 % ABV and obviously meant for storage, it’s a weird choice by De Molen to put it in a transparent, clear glass bottle... Anyway; aroma is deep caramel and bourbon tones, wood, fortified wine, booze and Norwegian "brunost" (brown goat cheese) with hints of alcohol (well hidden though!) and toffee. Very nice and utterly pleasant. Taste is condensed caramel, raisins, bourbon, cream, toffee, wood, hints of booze and milk chocolate. Dates and dark candy sugar tones along with hints of honey comes through in the aftertaste, which is long, complex and makes for a great sensual joyride in the mouth. Thick mouthfeel without going overboard into stickyland. Very sweet but still a great beer.
BOLTZ7555 (2423) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 1540 of 1722. Aroma begins crossing the eyes and burning the nostrils but mellows with time in the glass. Molasses, pepper, maple syrup, fusel alcohol and a certain brinyness. The flavor dangerously masks ABV. Vanilla, gooey caramel, Mrs. Butterworth, cake batter, and butterscotch. Like two different beers when rating the nose and flavor. Syrupy and sticky.
hopscotch (8242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Hazy caramel-colored ale with no head. The luxuriant bouquet is a swirl of caramel, vanilla and brown sugar with hints of cinnamon and bourbon. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. The flavor is overflowing with caramel, brown sugar and a wonderful, mysterious fruitiness. Layers galore - complex as Hell. Not too boozy; not too sweet. No abrupt finish here; just a peaceful, satisfying slow-fade. Big-time thanks to darkguardian for sharing this world class brew!
50belair (1382) - Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Oh HELL yea!!!! Thanks to darkguardian for sharing this gem. Murky brown pour with no head. Booze, dark fruit, caramel malt, and vanilla aromas. Wow, what a bad ass barley wine from De Molen with all the usual suspects caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, and a little cinnamon added to the mix for good measure. AWESOME.....
Martinus (1877) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 Update: 14 Nov ’12:
Had this again during the ZZT V afterparty and discovered it much deserves a better rating. Appearance is the same. The aroma’s of bourbon and wood (a bit cognac like) blend well with the sweetish body, and there aren’t so many of the madeira aromas. It’s quite a difference with the beer I had before. Like!
Orange brown beer, very slight white/yellow head.
Aroma of caramel, madeira, port, raisins and malts. Flavour sweet. raisins, madeira, figs. Finish starts sweet and leads to a slight bitterness. Hides the ABV well.
The bottle was somehow mistaken for a triple. The strong madeira was a huge surprise. Took us some time to realise this error: as the abv is so well hidden, our first thoughts were of long aging.
(Bottle @ Café Jos, Nijmegen)
thewolf (9992) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. [thanks skortila & caesar]
Deep brownish red with no head. Aroma is heavy caramel, oak, sweet vanilla, mildly vinious, port. Low carbonation, fat and oily palate. Flavour is soft, caramel, light winegums, soft vanilla. Vinious, warming. Very sweet and actually a bit one-sided for something that should have had more power. Okay.
nimbleprop (3055) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
18cl bottle at Kulminator. Clear glass with red wax. Kind of weird. Pours a transparent copper brown with a thin, yellow head. Nose is really boozy, smokey, rubber, maple, wood, sherry, port, nail polish remover. Flavor is really strong, sweet, caramel, apples, port, maple sap, candy sugar, candied oranges, finish is full bodied but smooth. I thought this would be a booze bomb but it was balanced in the flavor, just not the nose.
Dazz3 (1266) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at SB & WF 2011. Pours amber with no real head. Smells nutty and honey. Tastes nutty and sweet malty with a similar finish.
gEUS (594) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is definitely one of my all-time favourites!! 18 cl bottle @ De Molen. Pours a deep orange beer with no head. A nose of orange peel, butterscotch caramel and madeira. A taste of caramel and supersweet exotic fruitiness. It’s incredible how the huge amount of alcohol is hidden by an explosive taste! Aftertaste is milk cocolate and caramel, silky soft. Wooow... Incredible
tkrjukoff (3393) - SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ SBWF 2011. Pours cloudy light mahogany with no head. Aroma is sweet raisins dark fruits madeira malt. Flavor is fullbodied velvety alcohol madeira raisins tropical fruits. Finishes sweet bitter.