DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle, tasted at RBWG. Blue wax -- 2009 bottle. Up front in the nose, smells quite oxidized. Not surprising. Hazy amber orange color. Thin ring of off-white head. Dot or two of lace. Bigger body. Smooth, kind of soft creamy lighter carbonation. Light slick. Bigger sweet taste, light bitter, light alcohol warmth. Solid barleywine, but definitely past its prime here. Not as harsh as the Duck Rabbit barleywine I tried earlier, though.
jcartamdg (2677) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a caramel brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and malt. Taste is caramel, toffee, malt. Smooth and creamy, hides alcohol well.
burg326 (5033) - Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a muddled pale amber color with aromas of brown sugar, booze, light sherry as well. Flavors match the aromas smooth as hell no burn solid, enjoyable.
nealblind (1387) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20006 purple wax. Purple brown cloudy pour. Aroma cherry twizzlers. Tastes cherries dark malt.
vtafro (5514) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Flat. Brown pour. Ugh, fruit, malt and sweet malt aromas. Flavors are light sweet, bitter and herbal tones.
Hair6a11 (1442) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle (Blue) : Lovely Bottle as you already know. Really though - The presentation is as good as it gets for an American brew Iím grateful to finally have a shot at this one - Itís been a long time in the making.
Pour is murky mahogany with a modest khaki head into this glass - it fades fairly quickly, leading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass. The nose is caramel and spent grain, moving to feint sherry and there are general dark fruits present as well. The flavor profile is interesting - I didnít notice any inherent issues with this vintage at this point - I found that the brew really rounded itself nicely, actually - The malt bill has tapered off to be sure - whatís there is nice caramel , toffee, with sweet bread, there are brown sugar notes and plum, moving to more sherry and a touch of leather. Thereís just not a lot of depth here - but what is there is a nice experience.
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
14/XI/14 - 75cl bottle @ Sanneís birthday tasting (Gent) - BB: n/a, 2010 vintage (2014-1327) Thanks to 77ships for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy orange beer, small irregular aery off-white head, unstable, dissipates quickly, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, raisins, bit fruity, strawberry flavoured candy. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: raisins, sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, alcohol, soft bitterness, dried fruits. Aftertaste: caramel, dried fruits, bitter hops, chocolate, mocha.
crossovert (10293) - Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009, blue wax. First off the presentation of this bottle is about the best I have ever seen. The beer is a dark amber, decently oxidized by now. Some sherry notes, leather, spices, cardboard, mint. It isnít the worst oxidized beer but it isnít knocking my socks off.
77ships (6479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Obtained in a trade with AdamJackson. Thanks! 2010 Vintage. Incredibly gorgeous packaging. Bottle nr. 933/1500. Pours dark thick amber/orange with basically no head & little sign of carbonation. Smell is thick syrupy, herbal, marming, lots of dark fruits, thick sweet sugary malts. Taste is thick malt, herbal, rather bitter still with some old hops, tad milk chocolate, lots of milky old dark fruits, substantial malt. Little in the way of carbonation. Pretty decent but not overly impressive or complex, I expected a lot more here.
ElManana (1380) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy brown, red. Nose is prune, nuts, malts. Taste is more prunes, low carbonation, quite sharp bitterness.