swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. deep caramel chestnut pour, medium rich maltiness, strong pronounced flavor, warm booziness follows the rich malts, very smooth at 8.5%
toml42 (6) - , Dorset, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: smells strongly of alcohol, hints of raisins, dried fruit and yeast.
Appearance: Rich tawny hue, head dissipated quite quickly
Flavour: Full on sweet fruitiness followed by a malty, treacley body with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel, finishes with a distinct alcoholic kick, lingering warmth and sweetness.
Palate: Would have preferred a little more range and complexity, the bitterness and the hops are definitely outweighed by the sweetness and alcohol, nevertheless, delicious, if a little hard to drink in large quantities (probably a good thing due to the ABV!).
Overall impression: A very enjoyable, powerfully flavoured beer, will definitely buy again!
Finn (5176) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske 0,33l kjøpt på Systembolaget i Kiruna. Gyldenbrun på farge. Høyt kremaktig skum. Veldig pent å se på. Fruktig aroma med plommer i forgrunnen. Smaken preges av søt alkohol og mandler. På grensen til sherry. Blir litt uvariert - men bevares: Dette er et godt øl. KI=7
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark coppery colored with medium sized yellow head. Raisinny and vinous aroma with chocolate and thin spices, mild warming alcohol also comes up. Medium to full bodied, smooth palated. Flavor starts with same raisin-chocolate combination, aftertaste gets vinous with mild alcohol, drying hops and lemon. Fine brew.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours beautiful golden copper with an off white head that leaves lots of lacing. Nose is very mild but you can detect notes of toffee, brown sugar and a hint of whisky. Flavour is quite similar to the aroma with aded malt, butter, honey and a little woodiness. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy and those are excellent words to describe this beer, as well as outstanding, beautiful and delicious.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep rusty orange with a thick densely packed vanilla coloured head that leaves early delicate lace. Rich caramel aroma, slightly earthy, with hints of spicy fruit. Very malty palate, toast and toffee with quince and cherry fruit. Woody and spicy notes, mild bitterness. Full-bodied, chewy, with a pleasantly warming finish. Like a baby barley wine! Delicious!
Quack-Duck (8921) - Down South, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, Waitrose Sidmouth 2008. Dark brown colour with a small head. Fruity nose. Very smooth, deeply malty with raisins, plums and shy hints of citrus fruit. Very malty indeed with a well-rounded malty finish. Delicious.
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle from Waitrose, Wymondham) Dark brown with very little head, what is left is an off white colour. Smell is plums, red fruit, with some dark malt, alcohol, cherries - very fragrant. Taste is strong rich dark red fruit with alcohol body and a little carbonation. Sweet, syrupy, but not overpowering. Not particularly bitter. A great strong ale.
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fine red to amber appearance. Flavour is light barley wine, the alcohol is apparent initially, but not overbearing and there’s some good fruity flavour, tending towards peach and cherry. Warming on the way down, the strength comes through more as it progresses.
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Dark copper colour. Crystal clear. Tall fine-laced white head that clings to the glass. Subtle rounded malt aroma with a hint of earthy and grassy hops. Feels rich. Mellow bitter flavour initially then more malts. Has a wonderful balance, but lacks in character. Definitely full-bodied, but the hop bitterness take out most of its punch. Some alcohol character. Not bad, but I feel that there could be much more of everything except body in this beer.