ineedbeer (1861) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2016 Poured from a 2012 vintage bottle.
Aroma is very malt forward with tons of layers of caramel. Some lighter toffee, treacle and burnt sugar notes. Some light oak. Medium light hop notes with an herbal, woody note. Light alcohol spice.
Pours a murky, light brown with some copper hues and medium sized, medium thin, dark tan head that recedes quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Light lacing and moderately long legs.
Flavor is very sweet with a lot of caramel, burnt sugar, lighter toffee notes and a touch of a roast note. Moderate raisin notes with some cherry, fig and prune. Medium bitterness and some light alcohol spice. Hints of oak. Medium light to light hop notes with a spicy, herbal and woodsy note.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall, a decent beer. Similar to a barleywine with a lot of caramel malt notes with some dried fruit and hop notes. Easier drinking than I was expecting.
markextrae (3995) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Poured a murky dark orange copper colour with a slight creamy head. Nose of english style malts, sweet orange, vanilla, silky butter, oak, alcohol spice, bourbon, apricots, marmalade. Taste is silky buttery, fruits, and spirit. Bit of a hot finish. Pretty weird barley wine. Have had better beers from them.
TEJA (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ omhper, thanks.
No head. Opaque amber color. Big dark caramell aroma. Sweet malty taste with a big and a perfectly balanced bitterness.
Tstamba (748) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Number 700. Bomber to a tulip. Pours hazy copper with very little head or lacing. Sweet toffee, caramel, brown sugar and bourbon notes. Vanilla and oak are additional layers in the flavor profile... Smooth sweet boozy finish... Delicious!
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rodenbach99 (4261) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Style et résumé: Imperial special bitter.
Comment: Dégustation Manseau 2016. Vintage 2012
Portrait: Une robe cuivrée qui ne mousse pas. Un nez de caramel sur du caramel avec du bois. Une bouche très puissante avec du caramel amère. Une finale tout en amertume avec de l’alcool. Correct.
fakebeersnob (322) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not getting much out of the aroma (slight cold), but getting a sweet smell, and a slight grassy or floral hint every once in a while. When pouring, it looks orangish in colour, but in the glassware it is a light, murky toffee. Two finger offwhite, slightly foamy head that goes to a decent lacing. Getting a caramel flavor, with sweetness. There is a light hop bitterness towards the end, but nothing too strong. Mouthfeel afterwards has a slight oakiness to it. Pretty smooth beer.
I am not overly familiar with the style, so nothing really stuck out. Having said that, I enjoyed the taste. It is a bit boozy though (as I didn’t realize it was a 12%). I will try again while having it with a different meal, and more appropriate glassware.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[8062-20160130] 650mL bottle. Fragrant toasted malt syrup aroma. Hazy, red brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet malty syrup malt flavour has a long lovely woody aftertaste. Medium-full body. Very tasty. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(c/o Radek Kliber)
Overheard: "He’s driving a Suzuki Swift, so he’s clearly not compensating for anything."
cfrancis (3168) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is amazing. Aroma is sweet bourbon and caramel malts. Taste is just a smooth bourbon sweetness that has some booziness in it but overall it’s just amazing. Might like the base to shine a bit more but it’s really hard to argue with this treatment. I wish there was more. Way more.
nealblind (1681) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 edition. Hazy gold orange pour. Aroma lactic caramel. Tastes big sweet whiskey. Nice toffee complexity.
jehoesefat (363) - Poway, California, USA - APR 30, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet oaky/toffee aroma, with a hint of the high alcohol content. Pours somewhat murky toffee. Sweet malty flavor with an alcohol finish and a hint of sweetness.