BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Near as dammit perfect barley wine - boozy plummy hoppy taste and really incredible mouthfeel. Stunning beer.
tderoeck (3000) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
28/II/13 - 75cl bottle from Biernavigatie (webshop, NL) @ Klaas’ place - BB: XII/19 - brew # 1500 (2013-200) Thanks to Klaas for sharing the bottle!
Clear copper red beer, small off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: dried fruits, caramel, bubble gum, bit fruity, alcohol, little spicy, sugary. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: bit sugary, caramel, little hoppy, quite some alcohol, honey, bitter touch, bubble gum. Aftertaste: bubble gum, alcohol, little sugary, sweet, honey, some spices, hoppy touch.
Countbeer (2870) - Best of Eindhoven ohne Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Thanks Koen:
Some airy bubbles, but no (real) head, more a frotty off white island on top of an almost clear amber colored beer.
Smell barleys, barley malts, caramel, lovely mix of sweet barley malts, some spices and caramelised ingredients.
Taste barleys, creamy barley malts, sweet balanced caramel, caramel malts, light toasted malts, caramelised barley malts, light chocolate, toffee, butter, hoppy sweets and some (caramelised) sugars, sweet bittter.
Aftertaste is a mix of sweeter barley malts, light bitter, light spicy and some malty herbs.
Low carbo, soft light spicy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy light oily texture. Very nice, smooth and tasty beer, comes in a marvelous coated bottle.
madmitch76 (9867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
29th December 2009
ChrisO ’Night Of The Gaylords’ tasting. Hazy brown beer, Lively fruity nose. Lightly sour malt with a rich hop depth. Marmalade orange hop. Some aniseed in the finish. A very decent brew. Well balanced.
Bov (8204) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
from Erzbierschof; wins the award of the beer the most fucking difficult to open ... - pours a cloudy brown beer with no head retention; caramel, marzipan and flowery hops are building a pretty complex aroma; notes of raisins appear too; full-bodied and with a low carbonation; decently bitter and solidly malty finish; very long flowery hoppy finish with light citric notes - beautiful
BoBoChamp (4204) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75cl, Vintage 2009, at 10.7%Vol, recently retired exclusive English brew, from De Bierkoning Amsterdam, complex brew, sweet/fruity and slightly alcoholic, not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew, yet expensive!
fiulijn (12200) - Malmö, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010-11-29, vintage 2009, huge thanks go to fonefan for this highly wanted bottle, 8-5-7-4-15=39
Corked bottle, with a rather annoying wax-plastic. Beautiful, bright amber color, hazy; medium sized head; the thin layer that persists, later, has rather big bubbles. Very nice aroma, malt, rich, and also some fruity presence; not as strong as an American Barley Wine, but mid-Atlantic anyway. Correct body structure, but, as suspected by the fluid pour, not as thick as most Barley Wines; good caramel and toffee flavor, but not extremely rich; moderate sweetness, with a trace of sweet nuts; correct bitterness; a warming touch of alcohol in the end. Balanced and pleasant, although not vibrant.
2010-05-06, blind tasting at Yespr, 7-4-8-4-15=38
Hazy amber color, but with some particles floating around. The aroma is light, but the flavor is good caramel, sweet, a bit buttery. Quite strong bitterness. Good, if you can stand diacetyl.
Koelschtrinker (8499) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alkoholischer, hell malziger Antrunk mit starkem Hopfenton. Dies setzt sich fort, das Bier bleibt bei seiner Intensität. Die Hopfenintensität passt zur generellen Stärke des Bieres, in Teilen ist es aber unbalanciert. Grasiges Finish. /11/9/11//11
IluvatarMilan (190) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ In de wildeman - pours a clear copper brown body. Great aroma, honey, flowery hops. Smooth and warming taste, pine, mildly sweet, nice hops. Very sticky mouthfeel and aftertaste, in a good way.
Leighton (6991) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Bottle shared at the Euston Tap, much thanks to Nate. Pours a rich, lightly cloudy auburn with a modest, creamy head. Considerble hops in the nose, some shampoo, good fruits. Rich but relaxed and easy flavor, loads of juicy citrus, Bazooka Joe bubble gum, alcohol and some floral bitters. Medium to full in body with average, massaging carbonation. Boozy warmth creeps up in the finish, engulfing the mouth, while more citrus fruits, sugary caramel, gum and resinous hops seal the deal. Very, very nice. (4.1)
Bottle shared at The Kernel during Mario’s farewell day. Pours a lightly hazy amber with a frothy, off-white foam head. Caramel, cakey bread and lightly tangy, ripe fruits in the aroma. Big sweet flavor with lots of caramel, honey, mild earthy and dirty bitterness, toffee and golden raisins. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Light warmth in the finish, fairly sticky with more honey and caramel, bread, light woodiness and faintly oxidized malts. Nice. (4.0)