AndySnow (4930) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: From Systembolaget, had at home.
Appearance: Amber colour with a small beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, fruit, raisin.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, raising, some alcohol.
Hermod (4453) - Vantaa, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle, Alko. Nr #029223. Deep mahogany color, thin white head. Honey sweetness, marmelade and ripe fruits in aroma. Marmelade in flavor as well, raisins, plums. Very smooth, warming finish. Not very complex, but I like the smoothness, enjoyable to drink.
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Motobashi (106) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy, deep apricot amber with a thin offwhite head. Citrus and caramel notes. Lively carbonation. Sweet up front. Moderately bitter finish. The alcohol is evident, but not over powering. Nice.
mathieuc (2282) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one I got thanks to czar. Pours a nice and clear copper with not much of a head but what is there leaves some nice lacing. Nose is of raisins and brown sugar, some alcohol. Taste is sweet but also bitter, caramel and dried fruits. Alcohol is noticeable but not disturbing. Body is medium-full, carbonation low. Mouthfeel is oily x syrupy and really just nice for a barleywine. Good one!
Tinco (586) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful deep red clear liquid with a nice off white head. aroma: sweet fruity, raisins and caramel. Taste, sweet with a nice caramelly note. A lot of fruit flavors, alcohol is well hidden. Really nice
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. #102676. Rich amber beer with a dark cream head. Red fruit and malt aroma. Malt and light caramel flavor with light dark fruit. Medium bodied. Malt and caramel lingers with light dark fruit and light earth.
JonPet (6) - - APR 13, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer is a nice red-brown with a foam that forms a firm head - though it dissipates pretty quickly.
The aromas are malty with a lot of caramel influence of dried fruit and toffee. Add to this a slight roastiness with dark rye bread and chocolate. This is all balanced by a brandy-like fruitiness, or rather slivovitz-like with plum aromas.
The taste is slighlty sweetish and quite bitter, with some fieryness from the alcohol. Itís a big, bold beer, but - unlike what my mention of slivo might imply, itís in no way raw. Itís got bitterness and alcohol to spare, but itís a balanced and elegant boldness. I really liked this.
Cunningham (5726) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear nutty color with a fine tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Mild sweet malty, fruity and oak.
Palate: Medium + body. Ok bitterness and a bit sweet. Average to soft carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Caramel malty, toffee, raisins, nutty and fruity. Some alcohol coming up in the end.
Overall impression: Tasty nice sipper.
Personal stats: Bottle (No 071315) from Systembolaget Bestšllningssortiment, Sweden
thirstyrabbit (1460) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No 053410. Light copper body, smallish head. Aroma has a mild hint of alcohol and then some light English hops. Taste feels a bit seawatery at first. Salty and strange. Once the saltiness subdues I can taste dried dates and white raisins, then sweet syrup and some Goldings hops. Feels kind of harsh and disintegrated. I donít think aging will make it considerably better. The 2012 one I had last year was certainly better at this stage.
Doofgoblin (440) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very fruity and perhaps with age this could become an excellent brew. The taste is malty but not as thick and rich caramel as I would have expected. The flavors are there just not in the deepth youíd want... The finish is also slightly thin, perhaps more time to conjure that burt caramel and toffee flavor that is so buttery. Try the 2009 if you can find it... a much better showing. Still a good beer though.