ineedbeer (1095) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dominated by caramel malt notes with complimenting vanilla and raisin. As it warms the bourbon and hops become more noticeable. The alcohol also becomes more noticeable as it warms but never reaches a hot level. Esters also become more pronounced.
Pours a fairly clear burnt amber with a light tan head that quickly recedes leaving a film in the center and edges. Faint lacing with long legs.
Flavor starts with some sweet caramel notes - caramel, burnt sugar, raisins and plums. Mid palate the barrel quality appears, bourbon and vanilla. The finish has some slightly astringent hop bitterness and light hop flavor. The finish has quite a bit of alcohol heat along with some residual sweetness and lingering bitterness. The finish is where this beer currently falls apart.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation. The astringency is moderate and fairly unpleasant. The alcohol heat is moderately high but fairly clean.
For all the complaints this beer gets it is surprisingly good. As it ages the alcohol heat and the astringency should mellow out. The finish is a bit slick as well which will hopefully get a bit better.
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Cosmo6644 (51) - Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, bourbon and sweet fruits, amazing bourbon taste mixes great with the citrus and fruits, really nice
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Theydon_Bois (12133) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the sleepy-rapping tasting at Ronny & Alex’s pad, CBC fine tuner, 30/04/15.
Lightly hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is rich malt, spice, toffee, dates, figs, light booze fumes.
Taste comprises rich fruit rinds, spice, malt backbone, caramel, figs, fruit cake.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with lightly warming booze.
Decent barley wine, drinks way below the big 15% billing!
thomat (2355) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a tiny off white head. Fruity and malty tones. Fruit, malt, spices and hops. Full body with a nice balanced finish.
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
30th April 2015
Bigger tasting at Ronny’s flat, Copenhagen. Hazy amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and semi dry with modest fine carbonation. Spicy caramel malts. Brandyish alcohol. Dried fruits. Semi dry finish and a spicy linger. Still quite warm after a couple of years. Decent though.
FestDecBeet (412) - - MAY 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good beer. Lots of hops for the age. Had a serious night at the end. But still good.
First drank: DLD 2015
Desverger (3238) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Ronny and Alex pre cbc tasting #2 - copper coloured pour small off white head. Aroma and taste is sweet malty, dark dried fruit laden, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, lovely boozy bear hug of a beer. Nice!
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VsXsV (2686) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Linköping Beer Expo. Almost clear amber liquid with small white head. Aroma of raw sugar, bourbon, toffee, wood, maple syrup and light booze. Taste is light to medium sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of bourbon, wood and raw sugar. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really nice albeit maybe unnecessarily strong.
lillunken (42) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Köpt på Linköping beer expo. Väldigt stor och tung pjäs. Arom som en kraftig barley wine. Mycket av både humle och malt i smaken. Ganska söt och lite oljig eftersmak.
BIK89 (26) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Köpt på Linköping Beer Expo. Grumlig. Väldigt tung både i smak och arom. Lite kolsyra.
DSG (8175) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 16, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/28/15] Bottle sample at De Garde Brewing in Tillamook. Release and bottle share event. Amber. Boozy, malt, wood stale hops. Sweet, woody and fruity.