Theydon_Bois (7000) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home, purchased from the Rehoboth beach bar, 24/02/13. 2007 vintage 330ml bottle.
Pours a clear deep mahogony brown with a thin beige head that soon collapses to the edge in the form of bubbles.
Nose is dark fruits, raisens, dates, figs, woody tones, brown sugars, toffee, booze - but not overpowering for an 18% beer.
Taste comprises dark toffee, caramelised sugars, booze - but again kept in check considering the strength, raisens, dark fruits, light woody notes, dates.
Full bodied, fine carbonation - pitched just right so it isn’t overly still and cloying, sweet boozey warming alcohol finish.
A well balanced beer, the alcohol is well integrated for such a high ABV, good stuff!
stevencon (398) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks James! Hazy amber. Super booze sweet raison. Boozy dark fruit plum raison. Very warming.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle purchased winter 07/08. Alcohol was remarkably well hidden. Definitely warming, but not boozy at all. At bit oxidized, but not terribly so. Raisiny.
madvike (2582) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted blind. Hazy brown pour with no head. Nose is really sweet and malty, with some spirits in there. Taste is sweet and malty, with some boozy notes through the finish. No hops to speak, but it tastes aged. Body is medium with smooth carbonation.
laiti (4948) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ O’Hara’s Freehouse. Rated on 09.09.2009
Aroma is really sweet with lots of raisins, some ripe fruits and sugar. Flavour is also sweet with raisins, ripe fruits, sugar and caramel. Better drinkability and less disturbing sweetness than in Thomas Hardy’s Ale. Perhaps it is the CO2.
tricyclist (536) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample pour of deep amber brown with no head. Nose is raisins and sweetness. Caramel and toffee, rich. Flavor follows with plenty of alcohol, more caramel sweet malts... Nice alcohol warmth. Light body, and fairly clean with a nice linger.
Iphonephan (2686) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Vintage September 26, 2006. Pours a hazy orange brown. Fabulous aroma with muted booze and lots of raisins. Flavors of caramel, dark fruits, some vanilla, and toffee. Alchohol is quite muted, having mellowed with age. Very extraordinary.
cantankerous (9) - - DEC 25, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The color of a barleywine (actually maybe a little darker--like coffee strained with too few beans so a tan color shows around the sides) with almost the tepidity of a bourbon. Poured with a light ring of khaki head that went away quickly. Now there is literally no head even with an aggressive swirl of the glass (tulip). A few bubbles rising.
S: Licorice and bigtime raisin up front. Barley, malts, and vanilla in there. Mostly raisin.
T: Mouth full of raisin and booze. It almost tastes like a raisin wine aged in a bourbon barrel. Interesting. Doesn’t taste like a beer, but it’s good. Unique. Off-centered as the DFH people say :)
M: Full, few bubbles, actually less boozey than it should feel for 18%. Watch out for this one!
Huhzubendah (2262) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The beer is russet brown, with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma brings dark fruit, caramels, sugar, alcohol, malt. The aroma is superior to the flavor. Balance among the various flavors is a bit lacking. Although the beer has mellowed out with age, alcohol presence is still formidable. Sweet and sugary, with high alcohol presence, though it doesn’t necessarily feel like 18%. An interesting brew. There is no way I would drink an entire bottle of this. Two or three ounces is an appropriate serving. Worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-13-2011
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 edition. Served at Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2012. Wow - this is a strong one. Tons of alcohol flavor, smooth sipper. Liked it.