fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 So, I have not rated a beer in a long time,but I have found my new favorite beer. Clear golden, dark fruits, vanilla, citrus hops, little toffee, little white grape.
Radek Kliber (6869) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - FEB 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where and how: b. 650 ml, tasting
Aroma: hefty malts, honey, sweet alcoholic wort, cookie dough and hint of vanilla. 8-
Top: rocky white top, sparse lace
Base: hazy amber
Palate : medium-full bodied
Taste: frontal set up with barrel like character, plenty of vanilla. Alcohol is hiding its potency rather well. Mid end with toffee. Nice mid strength warmth to it.
other notes reminded me a bit of unaged Thomas Hardy’s…
BucannonXC5 (1214) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter glass
From: Firestone Barrelworks in Buellton, Calif.
Purchased: July 28, 2015
Consumed: Jan. 29, 2016
Misc.: 2015 vintage
Bought this back in July at the Firestone Barrelworks after sampling 10-to-12 beers. Basically it was one of the cheaper 22-oz. brews and I went with this and a Velvet Merkin, which I had never tried. I sampled the 2015 and the 2013 version at the Barrelworks location and liked both, slightly giving the edge to the 2013 edition. My cabinet is not the best place to age a beer, so why wait? Have since had this on tap and think it’s just OK. Hoping to be between 4.10 and 4.15. Here’s to a drunken purchase.
Poured a caramel, bright orange, clear color with 1-to-2 fingers of rocky, off-white head. Light bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Below average spotty lacing on the glass. Below average retention. (Sight - 3.75)
Smelled boozy bourbon, oaky wood, Heaven Hill whiskey (partly because my last beer five hours ago was a Heaven Hill whiskey aged beer (Rip Current BBA Black Lagoon) and mainly because I mistakenly looked at a deScription of the beer on Beer Advocate), honey, butterscotch, vanilla, Circus Peanuts and banana. Very interesting. (Smell - 4.25)
Taste was not as strong as the nose, but still getting boozy Heaven Hill whiskey. Also bourbon, oaky vanilla, honey, butterscotch, Belgian candied sugar, light tropical hops and smooth caramel. (Taste - 4.25)
Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. (Feel - 4.50)
This was a very good beer. Very interesting overall, but would love to have it again. (Overall - 4.25)
4.25 95 A
Sammy (10317) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
British style malty barleywine. Smooth taste, good malting. Light brown colour. Dangerously drinkable.Radek’s bottle.
Pailhead (6141) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of 5000 via trade
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, mild citrus, and a hint of mint. It pours a slightly hazed amber with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate caramel and light toffee. The finish has some mild vanilla sweetness and barely a hint of herbal hops. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.
charule (1951) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at three Aces. Poured haze straight orange with white head. Aroma sweet candy cane. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet malty sugar booze.
Zakoon (415) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to Danny. Pours clear golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Aroma is floral, marzipan, vanilla, earthy, caramel, dried fruits, alcohol and some honey. Flavour is medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full bodied, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Finish is toffee, vanilla and a little boozy.
JaBier (6101) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of malt, grassy hop and liquor. Malty and caramelly flavor with some grassy hops before a boozy finish.
ZacM612 (435) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by BelgianBeerGal. Hazy blonde as advertised, thin white head. Surprisingly no boozy aroma or burn for 13.2 ABV. Yeasty and smooth, with a fruity finish. Good one.
BelgianBeerGal (3571) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 vintage bottle picked up in Crystal City but enjoyed in TX. Great British styled barley wine with vanilla and toffee; even some coconut. You can also taste the barrel treatment. 13% is hidden very well. Enjoyable.
Ferris (9620) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Vanilla, sweet citrus, butterscotch and a touch of booze. Clear gold orange with a small white head. Sweet, stone fruit, vanilla, orange and some boozy notes. A touch of harshness on the throat. I am not a huge fan of this and I hope it gets a bit better with some age.