Christian (10367) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown with a small off-white head. A rather oxidized aroma with nice nuances of dried fruit, mint and spices. Dry and malty flavour with fruity notes, and again, rather oxidized
joergen (18930) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Theis og Mette.
Hazy orange coloured with a small white head.
Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and dried fruits with notes of spices.
Sweet and spicy finish.
Theis (12164) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2011 Bottle at home - Tasting. Cloudy amber/golden - white head. Oxidation, Nice fruity, grtape fruits, high oxidations, valnuts, berries, dried fruits, caramel. OK.
EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Corked and foiled, heavy bottle from 2002, consumed here in 2011 to celebrate a signature going down on paper. Even managed to get dust all over mine! Rich winy nose with molasses, cinnamon, raisin, dark fruit - like a bagel with a reduction drizzled over it. Some light caramel under the plum, grape, and cherry, the caramel reminds of Bigfoot (but obviously only a fraction of the potency). Sediment-filled dark ruby pour with no head. Thin, slightly oily body, dry and wine-ish, tons of fruit oozing around, mildly tangy with woody undertones and a brown sugar accent. Honestly, you might be able to fool a lot of people if you only gave them a glass and told them it was wine; the mouthfeel effects on lips, teeth, and gums and tongue are remarkably similar. Smoother sherry or port. No sign of the alcohol, either, which is a huge accomplishment. Flat but with soft carbonation effect into the aftertaste. Not getting nearly the levels of oxidation others are reporting, so it seems mine was kept well (or I just lucked out). I resist the urge to give points to this just for the age (hype, snootiness, gimmick, etc.); this is legitimately a complex English BW, smooth and oily, very well suited to contemplation by the fireplace (or, in my case, the lamp and IKEA desk).
Geokkjer (5027) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle .Pours red brown with almost no head.Aroma is dark berries,bready malt,alcohol and wood.Flavor is sweet malt,alcohol, berries,alcohol and bread.Full bodt,soft carbonation.Smooth and nice beer.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
02’ bottle from shigadeyo. Hazy medium brown, completely flat. Very vinous aroma, sherry/port, tons of alcohol. flavor has some oxidized caramel up front, huge alcohol burn. Oily thin mouthfeel.
hopscotch (8394) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (2002)… Cloudy brown ale with no head. Regarding the aromatics, dried plum, vanilla and caramel really stand out with only a conservative splash of soy sauce. Full-bodied with no carbonation. Flavors of dried plum, singed caramel, dark fallen fruits and light tanginess. Finishes tangy and a touch salty. Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork!
jtclockwork (6256) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Jet black tar pour. Very sweet and woody nose. Taste is pine, cedar, molasses and sweet finish. Rated 3/16/03
alexsdad06 (3857) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Pours a clear amber color with no head whatsoever. The aroma is sweet and malty with ample ripe fruits or pretty much what I would expect an 8 year old barleywine to smell like. The flavor is more of the same: big sweet caramel malts, ripe fruits, prunes, vanilla and signs of oxidation. This is thin for the flavors with no carbonation. I did not have this fresh, but this seems to have held up pretty well.
TBone (11379) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red-ruby color, no head. Strawberry, cut grass, smokey wood, fruit sugar in the nose - what a mix. Liquerish palate. Sweet berries, strong wine (Finnish Gambina), some sourness, lots of Madeira wine and Moscatel. Excellent dessert wine ... err .. beer I mean. Aged very well, doesn’t feel like 12% anymore.