manuelMTL (233) - Montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown with a tiny off-white ring of foam. Nose is malty with dark fruits. Prune aromas and some sugary caramel notes. In the mouth, the prune flavors are accompanied by dark roasted malt notes with a long finishing bitterness and candy sweetness. Perfect beer for a cold winter evening!
mikeyo1 (394) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles @ home.
2009 edition, BF 2014-01: Brown clear color with amber notes, with a small tan head. Sweet aroma vinous raisins, dates, deep caramel, vanilla, bread, some citrus, red fruits, oak, hints of roasted malt and cocoa.
Big sweet mouth feel, low smooth carbonation. Long lasting taste of raisins, red fruits, bread, well balanced vinous dates (and raisins), vanilla, oak, some leather. hints of milk chocolate. Warming alcohol notes in mid taste followed by a bit drier but still sweet finish with increasing notes of lemon, oranges & herbs. And also chocolate. Balanced and lasting bitterness.
Vertical tasting of edition 2013 (aged one year):
Has (as expected) more head than the 2009 edition, which is notably darker.Aroma is clearly herbal. Sweet but clearly drier than 2009. There are some vinous notes of raisins but light in comparison. Also caramel, oranges, spruce needles, dark bread, toffee. Fresh big mouth feel with medium to high carbonation for a BW. Sweet flavor with oranges, lemon, herbs, spruces, red fruits, bread, biscuits, sticky alcohol, caramel, toffee, some milk chocolate. Assertive, zest-like, and lasting bitterness.
Two different beers, i definitely prefer the overall smooth complexity developed in the aged 2009 edition. Score refers to the 2009 edition.
arkurzynski (1769) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep murky brown/amber-red. Nose of lightly aged herbal citrus hops, caramel-covered fruit, cherry, raisin, and baked bread. Flavor is herbal citrus bitterness with acidic dark fruit, smooth caramel malt, and mikd sweet biscuit. Slick, but well-attenuated. Lingering fruit and hops. Almost a faint Belgian character.
Stoned99 (476) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2015 Aroma: caramel, dark fruits, raisin, alcohol. App: brown with small beige head. Taste and palate: light body, medium to high carbonation, smooth in mouth with light long bitter and big alcohol finish. Overall: another great product from DDC. This one is definitely a dessert beer, heavy but really good.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Date unknown. Lots of fruit in the nose - i get peach and apple distinctly. Spicy...even some black pepper notes on the tongue. Warming alcohol presence and some astringency towards the finish. Solid.
Scopey (8791) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BD CJ. It pours deep brown with a decent beige head. The nose is sweet, juicy, raisin, date, sultana, mild spice, earth, fruit cake and candy cane. The taste is bitter, spicy, sweet, wood, leather, raisin, date, earth, dirt, booze, toast and burnt cake with a drying finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Decent, if a bit dry for the style.
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, no head. Strong boozy aroma, caramel, figs. Tastes real boozy, but doesnt last long as the hoppyness takes over. Overall real nice, balanced.
Leini (1267) - SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sample at a local tasting event. Hazy mahogany body with no head to speak of. Starts of sweet with sugars and figs, finishing off dry, with alcohol.
hman43 (561) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours a cloud brown with little head. What little head there is does manage to produce a little lacing. It has a strong smell of molasses and malts. There are hints of caramel as well. The taste is sweet with caramel being notice with the alcohol. It does have a pleasant, sharp bitterness to it and the natural warming effect on the way down.
rollerton (147) - SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SB. Pours almost no head. Aroma is very malty. Taste is complex, with raisins. A very good barley wine, it is easy to drink despite the ABV.