TBone (16116) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 650ml (vPBF, alc. 12.5%, vintage 2012)
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Strong vanilla aroma with raisiny fruity notes. Full-bodied. Vanilla, alcohol, rye bread, raising. Too much alcohol right now, otherwise quite good.
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The pour is a dark, rich amber color with a small off-white (perhaps beige) head.
S: The nose has an incredibly rich fruitiness to it which I really was not expecting. Plenty of sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose as well.
T: The nose gave this one a lot to live up to, and I’m happy to say the flavors delivered! A lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, obviously, but also some really great barrel character as well. The bourbon, vanilla, oak, and even some hop bitterness really round this beer out.
M: The body is very full with a low level of carbonation that works well here.
D: Normally you don’t associate barleywines with easy drinking, but this one is so smooth and delicious that it’s easy to keep going back for more. I can’t wait until this is bottled.
Dedollewaitor (15487) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Morten minus Peter smagning, Ulfborg. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is oak, caramel, fruit and chocolate. Flavor is oak, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit and vague alcohol. Complex and quite a sipper.
chrisv10 (15181) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown/red with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and toffee. Flavour is fruit, caramel, sweet, little rip fruit, toffee, hops, oak, dark fruits and a little bitter.
Theis (15119) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to Anders37. Clear red/brown - white head. Borubon, vanilla, wooden, fruity, lots of vanilla, caramel, roasted, barley notes, medium malty, coconut. Smooth and Lovely.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a generous trader. Shared by me at Dmac’s tasting. Pours dark brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon barrel, wood, dates, fig, toffee, caramel and raisin. Some alcohol in finish. Full mouth feel.
mcberko (14048) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), split with manuchampions, pours dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Flavour is very liqueur-like, with notes of sherry, port, caramel, brown sugar and sweetness. Very well-balanced with the sweetness just hit right. ABV is incredibly well-worked in. Outstanding.
bhensonb (13984) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Samuel Horne. Pours very black with a slight creamy head. Aroma is mostly malty with light darkish fruit hints. Full bodied. It is sweet with lots of dark fruit - more cherry than date. Bourbon and fruit. Could be some floral hop. Oak seems blended in. It finishes sweet but not sticky. Liquid food. Fruit juice du jour. Lovin it.
Benzai (13641) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. (Bottle from trade with Boltz7555, Reserve series No. 002) Dark red to red-brown color with a red glare coming through. Aroma of malts, alcohol, fruits, red fruit. Taste malts, alcohol, some sweetness, some overripe fruits, raisins. Full body, full carbonation.
FatPhil (13606) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle - thanks tiong, VastActive and the crowd from Hel!
Beautiful rich aroam, heady malts, some coconut. Normally that coconut would be a very bad sign, but this manages to get away with it somehow, and the richness of the roasted malts and woodiness are make up for almost everything. Very sweet sticky palate. Nice malty but a bit yeasty. Coconut less obvous in the taste. Smoothish, and a nice sipper. Did like coming back to this glass in between subsequent beers, as the aroma was a reset that would put a smile on my face. If I was being harsh, I’d flaw it for being a bit too sweet and strong, but I’m overlooking that.