BOLTZ7555 (2967) - 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.
Inbreak (2873) - 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 (1755) - 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 (588) - 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 (267) - 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 (2121) - 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!
SimplySike (1139) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy dark ruby brown with no head.
Aroma vinous, vanilla, alcohol, dark and red fruits, creamy, port, spice.
Taste complex red fruit vanilla poty sweet, no real bitter, a soury hint.
Mouthfeel creamy, thick oily.
RexTalionis (3011) - FINLAND - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy brown, virtually no head. Bourbony vanilla, dark fruityness, butterscotch and dark syrupy notes in aroma. Very nice. Sweet ripe raisins and slightly burning ’n warming vinous notes in taste. Quite smooth mouthfeel. There’s some nutty notes fortunately present, keeping it from not being too cloying. Vanilla is more evident towards the finish. A pleasant sipper.
Syfher (194) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of 33cl, in a Trappist/Snifter glass; room temperature.
Very interessting wine/beer... Nice colour, but the beer is not very fuzzy.
Great, powerfull aroma of chocolate and porto, with a taste of cherry, xeres and chocolate.
Maarten1993 (500) - - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drank derde kerstdag (Tijs brought it). Very nice beer. Lots of taste. Sweet, soft carbonation and alcohol.
Maakun (1525) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at oak aged festival. Reddish brown with barely any head. Very sweet malts, whisky, red fruits, stone fruits, vanilla, creamy pudding. Very sweet and full bodied, very nice barley wine.