pushkinwow (1553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle. Amber with a decent tan head that lightly fades to thin layer. Sweet fruit malts, musty, toffee, prune, raisin, light vinous notes, bit of brown sugar and light spice. Low carbonation and moderate body, mostly sweet and fruity with some alcohol, hint of bitterness at the very end as the palate dries out nicely but then more fruit and sweet malts overwhelm. Tasty.
thepeter (275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Vintage from Waitrose
A - Clear copper red. Very bright and pretty in the light. slight head that does not stick around very long
S -SWEET! Butterscotch, caramel malts, some apple and a tiny bit of booze
T - Toasted nutty flavor with some caramel and roasted malt. a bit of fruits (apple and grape) and a nice clean dry finish.
M - Velvety smooth, perfect carbonation and goes down so easy.
D - For it’s strength I think this is extremely drinkable and this is a beer I typically split but am drinking alone this time, I am not complaining though.
csaso (1124) - Missouri, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - small foamy head, dark red color, very sweet malty aroma and flavor, some alcohol and fruity kind of notes, can’t place it exactly, but very good
tseo (148) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted it a long time ago, and these are my notes from that session:
Nose: raisin, dark dry fruit, vinous elements, a leathery quality, nose: raisin, caramel, dry fruit and vinous and leathery aromas emerge.
Mouthfeel: full body, very little carbonation.
Taste: spicy, big malt character, lots of dry fruit, almonds ,hints of tobacco, citrusy (orange-like?), not much bitterness,
Finish: sweet fruit remniscent of bananas and pear, raisins, alcohol.
Overall: Very complex, tends on the sweet side.
Lilja (1204) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ett elegant och välbalanserat öl av högsta kvalitet.
Smakrik och komplex. Här finns plommon, röda bär, sirap, dessertvin, russin, mörk söt choklad. Till detta kommer en lång och lagom besk eftersmak.
Pyobon (790) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle #005371) Clear ruby amber with no head. Aroma has raisins, sherry, brandy and hint of black treacle. Full bodied, even sticky, with carbonation poised between creaminess and brighter fizziness. Rich flavour starts with sweet raisin and toffee and develops burnt toffee notes that lead to a bittersweet finish. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the flavour towards the end. Overall a very impressive beer.
madmitch76 (12083) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 5th August 2009
Cask at GBBF. Clear brown beer. Semi dry and semi soft palate. Rich sweet malt. Hints of Port and Brandy. Finishes semi dry with a little cherry. Nice but less impressive than older vintages. 3.5
31th May 2011
Hazy red - amber beer, nice pale cream coloured head. Smooth softish palate. Rich malt, very creamy and with a trace of toffee. Really nicely balanced with some bitter hops kicking in towards the semi dry finish. Just a very nice barleywine!
gunnfryd (9293) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, spices, caramel. Flavour is sweet, hop, alcohol, yeast, caramel, fruit, spices.. Nice beer.
hcalsos (168) - Rælingen, NORWAY - APR 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of sweet malts, apricott, caramell with hints of alcohol. Taste that follows through. Wellbalanced.
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gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50 cl at ekstedt vertical tasting on March 17, 2012
Hazy copper color, small off-white head. Grainy malty scent. Sweet, malty, raissin, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Very nice, very drinkable, I like it a lot.