dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle poured into 500ml Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark hazy brown, almost black, medium tan head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a very thin head for most of the drink. Lots of carbonation, making it feel creamy, decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, especially raisins, lots of yeast, and a bit of chocolate. Flavor just didn’t come together as well as I was hoping, but a decent drink nonetheless.
johnnymusky (672) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with Brian john Dan and the duster...aged two years...this beer was absolutely fantastic...alcohol was not present in nose or mouth....tons of gloriously mellow flavors....lots of chocolate and caramel. .....great barley wine.....i hope i am able to try this again!
tysongillmore (351) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
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DocJitsu (1374) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky golden-caramel color with a khaki head. Sweet raisin, cherry, metallic, and toffee nose. Moderately thick with microscopically prickly mouthfeel. Flavors are no surprise following the nose.
moderrnlifeiswar (25) - Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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Moebbels (556) - FINLAND - NOV 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a moderately clear dark amber body with a moderately large head that settles quickly to a thin layer. Nose is mild with plum, raisin and molasses notes. Taste is quite sweet with a harsh bitterness on the finish. High carbonation and rich, warming palate. Decent belgian but a little too harsh and simple to be among the best.
Hopmaestro (847) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is yeasty sweet with dark fruits and toffee. Taste is sweet, brown sugar, ripe plums. This is too sweet for me, but it hides the rather high ABV extremely well.
Frothmeister (660) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle with 11/09/2014 on the bottle, which if this is the "best before" this is well past it’s prime since it is today 15/11/2015. I guess this guy and it’s 10.5% alcohol got lost in the shuffle for lighter beer whilst colecting dust in the cellar. Pours clear looking like a light bodied red wine with a lovely pale garnet head. On the nose, raisin, port-like notes, and plum. Smells a lot like a Belgian dubbel meets Portuguese Moscatel. Taste wise, sweet with LOTS of dried fruit notes but mostly raisin and dates with some Concorde grape, and ruby port that leads into more sweetness MORE dried fruit, and some faint maltiness/woody notes with black licorice in the finish. It’s a little sweet, but I love the flavour profile. If this beer is indeed past it’s "best before" you sure can’t tell. Good stuff.
bombelsky (4) - - NOV 9, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2015 Average frothy head. Off-white. Is lasting with fine lacing. Color is dark amber, hazy. Nice aroma of a bread crust, prunes. Very malty-yeasty. Later dominated by a caramel aroma. Great full body, spicy with soft carbonation. Thick. Slightly alcoholic. Finish is long and bitter-sweet. Nicely warming up your throat. Medium bitter and sweet. It is a very good quality beer. 10.5% ABV well hidden. I can recommend this beer.
Vighals (2236) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gylden brun klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Perlende. Lukter alkohol, brunt sukker, brent karamell og mose. Fyldig. Smaker alkohol, brent karamell også i smak, også noe melkesjokolade. Noe oljete.
Shain (156) - ISRAEL - NOV 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 330ml. Pours dark amber brown with short, foamy, beige colored head. Scent of malt and ripe fruit, some bready notes. Mouth feel is oily to water with medium-light body and medium carbonation. Tastes very sweet but not sticky. Flavors of malt, toffee, light caramel, lightly fruity and gentle hop flavors. Alcohol is not felt. Somewhat boring, one noted. Too sweet. OK as desert beer.