Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of light caramelized malt with light cereal notes and subtle residual sugar notes is very interesting. Taste is also dominated by lightly caramelized malt with some light residual sugar notes and some cereal notes. Body is about full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with great mastering of malt profile with limited hops presence. I did prefer this version than the 2012 version.
gam (3567) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium off white head rich misty pink salmon pour medium carbonation aromas toffee caramel raisin alcohol cherries the flavours caramel dried fruits plums cherries brandy stone fruit a bitter note nice sweetness just lacks some body the finish good fruits involved alcohol malts very drinkable ale
blankboy (6520) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle (500ml). No. 056219] Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size lasting frothy beige head. Surprisingly mild aroma, fruity and malty, along with some perfumy notes and just a hint of wood and hops. Flavour is also malty and fruity along with some light wood and hops. A bit watery. Alcohol is well hidden. Average to medium bodied. Less complex then some years but easy to drink and pleasant.
AndySnow (4745) - 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 (4049) - 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 (2084) - 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 (581) - 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 (7382) - 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.