tiong (5393) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Bierkompass
Vertical with Back Room (Port version) - Pours dark reddish brown with a small bubbly head. Aroma of vinous notes, berries, caramely malts, sweet syrup and wood. Taste is sweet, sticky, malty and woody with notes of berries, vinous notes, syrup and caramely toffee. Finish is sweet, syrupy and woody with hints of vinous berries. A lot more heavier and sweeter than the port version.
Lonick (1029) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent in all respects, fruity with prunes/dates/raisins to the fore. The alcohol is very even and balanced.
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahogany with light ringed head. Rich dark berry and wooden nose. Firm, sticky nice sprite oxidisation and syrupy sweet and sunny towards the finish. Limey dark chocolate. Syrupy, tight and peppercorn crunch linger. Really nice, can’t be bad without a bit of age.
Bottle, Cheers BENNY BOY, November Tasting.
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home... Deep black... Sweet roast... Dark malts... Sweet toffee... Soft fruit... Deep sweet toffee... Juicy.. I think i like malaga.. Very sweet melow Light oxidation.. Nice
BenH (3244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with no head. Aroma of dark fruits, prune and raisins, tootsie roll. Taste of sherry fruits, dark fruits, chocolate. Heavy sweet and light bitter. Very nice
hopdog (10255) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a brown color with a small sized off white head. Caramel, brown sugary, some wood, and dark fruits. Lighter vinous quality in the tastes. On the sweeter side ... a enjoyable sipper.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very dark amber, brickish highlights, low golden head. Sweet malty aroma, burnt sugars abound, dark fruits. Sticky, sweet, richly malty palate with flavours of molasses, brown sugar, dates, toast. Lip smackingly sweet sipper with enormous depth of flavour. Loved it.
spacecube (1483) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle, reddy brown pour, aroma buttery malts, raisin, dates and other dark fruits, palate is rich and oily, smooth and short sweet finish. Very nice
TBone (14782) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @Tørst, just after the opening time, the 1st day
Opaque black color, small beige head. Woody, soya sauce, caramel, Madeira, vanilla in the nose. Full-bodied, sticky palate. berries, ticky sweet dessert wine. Woody, light hoppy notes and vanilla. Not too sweet. Great.
merc7186 (2709) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Opqaue Hue, Passes Very Mild Light, Thin Brown Head Ring, Mild Lacing
S: English Malts, Sweet Prunes, Raisins, Toffee, Boozy
T: Raisins, Toffee, Boozy, Sweet Malts
M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, i dont fully comprehend the malaga barrel taste but nothing that was worth $18 for a 12oz bottle.