AshtonMcCobb (3279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle, thanks to onkelgobber. Pours a cloudy amber with a generous white head. The nose has digestive biscuits and a little caramel in the background which comes through as honey a bit more as you go on. The taste has honey and baked oats, then a long dried orange finish. The palate has a big sweet body, a long sweet middle and a dry malty finish. Overall, interestingly the dry malty finish works really well, as it is just what the sweet middle section needed.
Marheb (2641) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Le liquide pourrait paraître grossier mais la façade de cassonade et de caramel est extrêmement bien ficelé. L’alcool est imperceptible, son corps est gracieux mais riche et le spectre des sucres est impressionnant. Voilà un barleywine loin de la corruption Américaine.
BrianWillum (215) - København S., DENMARK - JUL 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet aroma with an odour of caramel and nuts. Nice cloudy colour with a thick white head. Taste of honey and very sweet - maybe a bit too much.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50ml bottle from IPB.
Appearance : Deep amber with small creamy head.
Aroma : Sweet velvety malt with caramel and hops. Barley sugar with pine and resinous notes. Lovely sugaryness.
Taste : Great sugary sweetness with caramel, piny and resinous hops. Finish is slightly warm with sweet caramel and a good measure of hops.
Overall : Nice sweetness, very mellow and pillowy mouthfeel. I like the rich maltiness along with the hops. Feels more english than american which I appreciate. Quite well done. Alcohol could be a bit better hidden.
Rastacouere (6144) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An off-white sheet stays above the calm amber lake. Sugary, jammy/marmalade-like ale with plenty of fruits (strawberries, apricot, pear...) and complementary leather notes make for a rich invitation. The warming alcohol is forward, but kinda fits the ensemble. The malts develop burnt caramel and toffee notes in abundance, these flavours being fortunately uplifted by a brandy-like strong vinous character that could come along with greater acidity or tannins to balance the heavy sweetness, but it does not become undrinkable, it just suggests you to taste slower and more quietly. Pleasant sipper, smooth bodied, chewy, invitingly complex and atypical.
annunz123 (899) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy brown, almost like apple cider, with a modest head. Aroma has caramel, fruit/apple, and some pipe tobacco. Flavor starts sweet with fruit, dates, and molasses. A little bittering hops and alcohol provide balance in the finish, but still just a little too sweet overall.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky brown color with a medium head. Aroma of brown sugar and cardboard. Dry malty flavor, slightly stale cardboard, dusty. This was only a year old and stored in a fridge the entire time. Disappointing drop in form.
doublebock (518) - California, USA - JUN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange brown color with nary of layer of foam. Sweet malty caramel candy and apple aroma. Nice chewy maltiness layered with dark fruits and molasses. Picking up some nice brandy flavors. Finishes with a crisp hoppy bite that sits on the tongue for a while.
Nocturne (927) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ølfestival 2012. Hazy amber colour with little head. Taste and aroma are big on toffee, with a deep hit of winter berries and dark fruit to complement it. Alcohol is noticable but this goes down pretty smooth. I was sufficiently impressed.
brnandersen (2236) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from tap, CBF 2012. Dark amber colour with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma with malts, sweet, roasted caramel and spices. Taste is sweet. Full bodied with a oily texture. Finishes long lasting with a small hint of alcohol, some liquorice and herbal notes. Enjoyable BW.