Marduk (6436) - Reval, ESTONIA - AUG 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Deep dark amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Raisins, sweet, malty, berries in aroma. Malty, caramel, sweet roast, raisins, dark plums, tiny bit of yeast in taste. Raisins, malts and dark plums in aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but kind of hidden. Young and raw. Needs more time.
FatPhil (14120) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (Solaris, Tallinn)
Rich copper, nice tight off-white head. Initially a lovely raisiny sweet rich aroma, like itís already 5 years old. Later itís a bit maltier and mashier. Smooth sweet palate, soft carbonation. Occasionally has a very nice rich raisiny and woody malty taste, but some sips are almost bland and mashy. At its best, itís gorgeous, easily worth an 8, but the blander sips are dull and mashy, defintely way too young and raw even though itís 18 months old. Do like the bitter finish, itís dry and almost liquoricey. Very much look forward to this when itís aged a bit more. No plan to drink this again in the next 3 years though.
emincems (14) - izmir, TURKEY - JUL 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours down amazingly down throat. i think itís underrated a bit. the only lack of this beer is a persistent foam.
tommann (3387) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark orange with a small head. Aroma is rich toffee, molasses and oily marmalade. Taste has orange and caramel with a little wood.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a clear copper, bronze hued body with a medium sized foamy, tan head. Average lace and retention. Aromas are of rich malt, light nuttiness and melanoidin, dark fruit: plums, fig and cherry skins, mild sherry and doughiness. Floral. Medium esters. Warming and clean. Flavors are medium bitter, floral, sugar cookie, dark fruit esters, fig, marmalade. Some toasted malt and stewed prunes. Yeasty, slight marmite. Toast, coconut in the finish. Chewy toffee. Good, but not one of my favorite years of the Vintage ale. Medium body, slight warmth, toasty, medium dry, medium carbonation.
Andrew196 (1474) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful packaging, bottle and pour. Cloudy Amber with off-white head. Deep plummy aroma with sweet alcohol notes. Cascading lace with a tip leading to a flavorful medley of fruit on the tongue. Lingering caramel finish.
Procent (567) - POLAND - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
W smaku zdecydowane nuty drewna, suszone owoce, rodzynki, lekko alkoholowy. Barwa ciemnobursztynowa, piana niewielka. W smaku w sumie blisko mu do barley wine, chociaż jest mniej syropowy i bardziej pijalny, ma też mniej ciała i więcej. No i cudowne, głębokie nuty od drewna. Bardzo dobre!
MarcoDL (4223) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark copper color, white head. Aroma of grainy malt, grassy hop, raisin and yeast. Taste is quite full and boozy for the abv, with ripe fruit, caramelised malt, uk hops and a warming booze. Nice uk barley wine-ish strong ale.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep garnet. Medium head with great lacing. Slight tart in the mouth that Iíve not seen in previous vintages. Take takes a few points off the overall score of a great beer..
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, #102908. Malty, fruity aroma, sweet and rich with notes of caramel, toffee, dried fig, berry, hop spice and toasted bread. Attractive, mostly clear medium orange-amber in color with a lasting, very fine, off-white head. Flavor profile is full of raisin, fig and plenty of dark caramel malty sweetness, with overtones of strawberry jam and tropical fruit, featuring a mildly bitter, spicy, lightly herbal hop note towards the finish, which shows some lingering spice, dried orange peel and berry. Smooth, full and gently warming on the palate, with a full, silky body. Outstanding.