Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - JUL 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Hazy deep amber color. Small size, yellowish off-white head, stays as a ring. Sweet, papery, honey, berries, faint raspberry in aroma. Roasted malts, raisins, sweet, some hard candy, faint lemon peel in taste. Damn this drink is sweet. Sweet and raisins in aftertaste. Obviously alcohol is covered by this massive sweetness.
martjoobolut (2800) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bottled 20.03.2015 (from SIP, Tallinn). Pours dark golden. Aroma is sweet, booze, malt, some fruits, citrus, peach. Flavor is sweet and bitter, alcohol, fruits, malt, caramel, citrus, some coconut. Finish sugar and dry bitter with more alcohol. Overall: ok.
deanso (8440) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle shared at the Paas monthly tasting.
No head. Very hazy light amber pour. Nicely done
alex_leit (1946) - Minsk, BELARUS - NOV 27, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden amber color with white and fine foam. Aroma: very good, dried fruit, honey, malt, raisins and sweet dessert muscat wine. Taste: sweet like candy and liqueur wine, raisins and candied fruit. Great beer.
DwarfeD (2542) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle at home. Clear golden with a small white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with subtle bitterness. Tropical fruits, peach, pine, sugar, warming alcohol, spices and herbs. Full flavoured tasty brew.
Silvan7 (1060) - Samarate, ITALY - APR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Il cavallino alato. Ambrato carico, velato, schiuma beige fine abbastanza persistente. Aroma di frutta esotica, passion fruit e ananas, erbaceo da luppolo liquore, grano e cereali. dolce quasi amabile l’ingresso (pasta frolla), poi abbastanza amaro agrumato ed erbaceo. corposa, poco carbonata, rotonda anche se molto amara, calda ed equilibrata.
icaesa (8) - ITALY - APR 23, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Assaggiata alla spina al CAVALLINO ALATO di Asti. Buona birra. Profumo di malto e frolla al naso. Bella bocca, succulenta con una buona spinta etilica mai stucchevole con note dolci e tanta pasticceria. Il finale non e’ amarissimo e lascia la bocca asciutta.
Fashawn (583) - ITALY - JAN 13, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gran bella Birra. Apprezzo molto l insieme. Arancio ambrata, poca schiuma abbastanza fine e cremosa. Odore di caramello,biscotto al burro e frutta esotica. In bocca č squisitamente dolce con biscottino, scorza di pane caramello, bilanciati da un finale secco e astringente, in cui emerge un po’ del luppolo adoperato e soprattutto la presenza alcolica, che non disturba mai ma anzi asciuga la bocca. Buonissima birra.
hopdog (11185) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured an amber color with a small sized head. Caramel, fruity, some nuts, and citrus. Alcohol well hidden with a thin and a bit watery body.
Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"Will be good for 20 years", the label says; I dug it up from a forgotten corner of my cellar at 3 years of age and serve it in a large wine glass at cellar temperature, which is usually perfect for this style of beers. Pours a beautiful, pure and clear orangey amber colour under a thin, milky, yellowish light beige head which needs some forcing to develop but after that retains quite well, though it does break open after minutes; with deposit it becomes a bit more brownish and clouded, with dark dead yeast particles at the bottom. Delicate, strong and fascinating bouquet of strawberry, orange peel, walnut liqueur, gooseberries, rhubarb, lime peel, blue cheese, something woody, something vaguely earthy, old dry sherry, cognac, freshly cut red apple, ginger, pink grapefruit, white pepper, drambuie, tomato concentrate, vanilla; oxidation is already setting in but cannot bother me in this style. Noble sweet onset, honeyish, with exotic fruits dancing around, smooth and somewhat oily mouthfeel, very vinous with low carbo, caramelly and somewhat nutty malt backbone apparently hailing from only one malt type (which is a rare feature in general), retronasal oxidation but not unpleasantly so, peppery notes and a long, vinous, satisfying finish with citrussy hop bitterness, liqueurish but in all quite well masked alcohol and lingering malt sweetness, a bit honeyish still, as in the onset; some liqueurish sugary sweetness also sticks, but not more than expected from the style. I don’t know what it is with Italians and barley wines: I dare to assume it’s their experience with fine wines which leads them to make some of their best beers this vinous, and I absolutely love them. This is progressive indeed: contemporary, arty label, and American-inspired by being quite hoppy (in this case the Sorachi Ace speaking), which is usually far less the case in traditional English or Belgian barley wines. The hoppiness did lose some of its flair after the years of cellaring but it’s the maltiness, fruitiness and wine-like feel that makes up the essence of this style and I can imagine this still being interesting after a couple of decades, though I would never recommend keeping a beer that long. In all: exciting find, I didn’t even remember buying this, and a great nightcap on a Sunday evening.