Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy nose, Rich mouthfeel with a spicy, warming effect. You can really smell and taste the oak. A great brew.
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - AUG 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown w/ beige head. malty nose and creamy texture, the flavor is a mix between coffee and caramel. well balanced.
lamas (1532) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500mL "Olde Suffolk" bottle. Mahogany pour with a smallish khaki head. Aroma is fruit cakey with some cherries and other dried fruits along with hints of cinnamon and other wintery spices. My girlfriend says it smells and tastes like wine. I think it smells like it’ll be flat. At least it doesn’t taste that way. It really does taste like two beers in one. One is a typically malty strong ale. The other is a high ABV barley wine-like brew with a sour red wine-like tanginess and sour plums in the taste. Touches of caramel throughout. Medium-bodied and smooth. Slightly warming finish. Unique stuff.
NosirIwont (2266) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Vintage 2000. Pours dark red with a thick, beige/brown head. Complex aroma; wine-like in the vincinity of the glass, but stick your nose in and it’ll reveal malts, alcohol and notes of plumbs, which will be complemented with notes of licorice and chocolate as it warms. Flavour is malty with notes of alcohol and plumbs, and has a resemblance of wine or sherry, which creates a ’warm’ feeling. Finish is bitter with metallic notes. Ends with a faint lingering note of apple at first, but this gives way for more bitterness as it warms. Lots of body in this one. A bit too much carbonation for the style.
D (577) - Gdynia, POLAND - AUG 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head goes off fast, and this is probably the only negative thing about this beer. A tempting, caramel-like smell, reddish colour. Fantastic taste - like fruit-flavoured, caramel/toffee but not sweet at the same time; intriguing. The slightly sour end doesn’t change the impression - very good, definitely recommended.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 1 pint bottle. Deep brown, with no head. Few bubbles evident. Aroma of malt, oak, burbon. Taste is mild, making it easily drinkable... No bubbles on the tongue at all, nearly flat. Hints of dark caramel in the taste. The flavor itself tastes good. Maybe it’s the style, but the carbonation is so low that it seems flat to me. No bubbles in the mouth at all. A little more carbonation would have improved my perception of this brew. Unfortunately, it fell ’flat’ for me.
haukur (1624) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
interesting brew but it somehow fails to stand out, fruity notes in the malty aroma. Toffee and caramel, carbonation and malt. Fails to stand out .......
BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Intersting and complex taste. Semi-strong and fruity start which softens as it goes down. Has some smoky raisin taste with a bit of caramel and oak. Low carbonation. You can taste the two different brews - almost to a distinguishable difference within the sip. I like it, but I think I would rather try the older aged brew by itslef.
scotty (1131) - SCOTLAND - JUL 25, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Morrisons Wetherby. A big complex beer, sweet caramel/toffee but with an underlying spiciness, smooth and full flavoured. Lingering malty finish, spice appearing again. Great beer, surprisingly refreshing, with a light finish, not at all cloying.
dwyerpg (5365) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells like barleywine; headless. This si reall nice - it taste powerful, mostly like barleywine ales, but hints of doppelbocks as well. HIghly recommend it.