tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very sweet and nutty marzipan aroma with notes of plum and some alcohol apparent. Clear dark chestnut brown coloured body is topped by a light, fine bubbled tan head that recedes quite rapidly to ring. Flavour features vinous dark fruits, vanilla, chocolate and caramel offset by a lightly boozy character. Sweet nutty marzipan battles with a very nice roasty bitterness in the long aftertaste. Medium full body is slightly sticky. Low carbonation suits this well. Cellar temperature. Snifter. Bottle purchased at Toby’s in January 2013.
Sammy (9986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Better than expected. Liam’s bottle. Bourbon, dark, yet still good drinkability. Boozy from 12%. Big mouthfeel.
aquenne (3) - Paris, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 bottle shared... Classic barleywine, huge cherry wood character on the aroma. Dark chocolate and fig l taste.. Strong alcohol heat... Nice mouthful slightly balanced to the bitter... Very enjoyable.. Wish we had another to age another couple yes!
Leighton (15331) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 Sunday tasting at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Vintage 2012. Pours clear, rich amber with a creamy tan head. The nose smacks of alcohol, with some ripe fruits and wood, along with fruitcake. Medium sweet flavor with some crunchy grains, bread, aged fruits, toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with gooey malts, dried fruits. Not bad.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, via trade with dresden (thanks Steve!)-- shared on game night with phantomhennes, heavylaevy, and TvM. Very hazy dark amber with a creamy golden head. Thick toffee malts, vanilla/butterscotch bourbon notes. Chewy and malty, very full bodied. Loved this beer, not sure why it doesn’t score higher within its style category.
tderoeck (6906) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25/X/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ The Autumn Gathering formerly known as RBBAG Mons (Gent) - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2014-1261) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brownish beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, alcohol, bit chemical, some vanilla, sugary. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: alcohol, bit chemical, more alcohol, sugary, sweet, malty, some chocolate, vanilla touch. Aftertaste: sweet, alcohol, vanilla, bit chemical, bitter hops, sour touch.
mR_fr0g (6519) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Golden / light amber coloured pour with a lasting cream head. Aroma is smoked malts, honey and some hot alcohol. Flavour is more solvent, hot alcohol, varnish, brown sugars. A bit headache inducing. Palate is semi sweet, thick bodied and a bit chewy.
JefVerstraete (2298) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Taylor. Thanks! Shared @ Belgian Autumn Gathering 2014. Amber colour, white foam. Sweet fruity nose of peach, honey and brown sugar. Strange bitter taste. Not bad but a bit unbalanced.
Martinus (4282) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of red fruits, thinner, caramel and chocolate. Quite alcoholic flavour, rather sweet. Sweet finish, alcohol, thinner. Did I mention sweet? Same vintage as the one @ RBESG London, but not nearly as nice.
(From 65cL bottle @ TAGFKARM, Gent 2014. 2012 vintage. Thanks for sharing, JefVerstraete!)
Clear reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of red fruits, marmelade, bourbon, caramel and chocolate. Sweet malty flavour, wood, caramel, bitter orange zest. Bitter finish, malts, marmelade, bourbon, quite alcoholic.
(From 65cL bottle @ The Not-so-Grand-Tasting, Craft Clerkenwell - RBESG 2014, London. Thanks for sharing, Ferris!)
77ships (6167) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thank you JefVerstraete! 2012 Vintage. Tasting glass from 650 ml. bottle consumed @ “The Tasting formerly known as Mons RBBAG I (2014)”. Reddish brown, little tanned head. Nose is too boozy with lots of varnish oak. Taste is thick sweet sugar, exotic sugar with lots of plastic, thick varnish, boozy, marzipan, lots of alcohol, heavy on varnish, amarena cherries,… Little carbonation, sugar body. This doesn’t feel right. It drinks still but why all the varnish etc.
jfb (4853) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) slightly hazy deep ruby colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of talcum powder, floral hops and peaches, with a hint of pear and some caramel. flavour is mostly caramel, strawberries and alcohol, with a hint of mango and a herbal-hoppy light-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.