superspak (1480) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.
kbudd19 (94) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 88, not yet on the vintage guide so I assume its pretty fresh. Has the a typical barley wine smell, rich carmel, figs, sweetness. Pours a rasin brown with a nice finger of head. On the taste side, up front there is a fair bit of smoke, but it does not over power the brew, there is also some carmel, fig and it finishes with a bitter (hoppy), smoke and sweet finish. Rich, complex, and blends a lot of different elements together with perfect balance. The best non barrel aged barely wine I have ever had. Cheers!
DavidWoodruff (239) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Sweet malt, dried figs, muscovado sugar.
Appearance: Brown with ruby highlights and a thin, but persistent tan head.
Flavor: Dark sugar, malt, alcohol with semi-sweet hoppy finish.
Palate: Full bodied with minimal carbonation.
Overall: Drinks like a Wee Heavy on steroids.
Hoppypocket (112) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown and beige head and some lacing. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, tobacco, dark fruits. Taste is very rich, lots of burnt sugar, dark fruits, chocolate, peaty, leather. Full body and medium carbonation. A real sipper, definitely a winner here.
kerenmk (1214) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks avrashi. Cloudy brown with tan head. Ink, squid, sweet sugar and prune with slight smokiness in the nose. Roasty, very bitter, edgy, fruity-prune taste. Smooth texture, full body, mildly carbonated, dried-fruit finish, raisins. Rich and interesting.
humlelala (691) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(35 cl bottle from Barley Wine; Batch #68) Pours black with rich tan head. Good retention and beautiful lace. Aroma is malty with powerful notes of toffee, dried fruits, syrup, confectionary and molasses. Creamy texture, full body, soft carbonation and a sweet finish. Flavour is sweet and syrupy. Compared to the altbier doppelsticke this one is surprisingly much less hoppy but still quite pleasant in small amounts.
kraddel (851) - deurne, BELGIUM - MAY 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours brown, very small white foam. smells sweet,
taste is very sweet, suggary, almost bourbon (?) earthy, complex, very nice!
_angst_ (1745) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you pushkinwow! Pours reddish wooden brown with a very small beige head that quickly dissiptes without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with toasted malts, tobacco, charred wood, vanilla fudge, sweet dark bread, whisky, biscuits, alcohol, raisins in rum, peat, cocoa powder, toffee, caramel and hints of prunes, figs and smoke. Taste is sweet and bitter with toasted malts, lots of moist tobacco, alcohol, burnt cereal, biscuits, toffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla fudge, charred wood, raisins, prunes, port wine, burnt cookies, caramel and hints of very sweet dark roast coffee and peat. Mouthfeel is round, slightly roasted astringent, tiny boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with toasted malts, caramel, biscuits, charred wood, vanilla fudge, bitter chocolate, raisins in rum, prunes and hints of port wine and peat. Interesting very tasty beer…
erickok (2282) - Tours, FRANCE - MAY 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body, small head. Forest berries, red grapes, fig and bit woody. Clean yeast. Oily body, thick taste profile. Intense yet balanced. World class brew. (ZeeBra)
rxeight (434) - Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a somewhat boozie nose malt nose. Taste has some sweetness, dark fruit, smoke and oak. Thick body and very smooth. Thanks to my buddy for smuggling this one back.
mikedR (362) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow. This is Beer. Where to start? Dark fruits. Yet chocolately. Incredible mouthfeel. Quad-like notes in flavor. But then stout-like notes linger. This is a complex beer. Would love to hear the backstory as to who this Adam person is.
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