IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Popeye’s w/TimE: A very dark brown, thin beige ring of a head.A really kicking scent with lots of fruitiness and sweet malts (prunes). Alcohol adds a layer of complexity rather than overpowering as in some BW’s. Has a rich "Port" quality to it. TimeE was right on target with this one, it is a damned good BW!
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year 2000 bottle. Hazy reddish brown pour topped by a diminishing off-white head that quickly becomes a ring. Beefy caramel malts are slightly peaty, meaty even. Thick cereal and maple notes. A very potent nose, also bearing the vinous house character where fruity (grapes, cherry, pomegranate) juicy notes add depth to the already rather complex nose. Surprisingly light to medium bodied at the most. Small bubbled, moderate carbonation. Light earth and dates notes figure in mouth whereas they were unnoticeable beforehand. Considerable alcohol warmth becomes a bit beyond my liking in mouth. Boozy and long finish that is fortunately soothingly fruity enough to feel comforting rather than anarchic.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled @ Popeye’s: Dark brown, a very light head. Nose of oak, some fruit and oxidized notes, light sherry, some port notes. The flavor is lightly soy, tons of intense prune notes. Toast, rye, intense, smoky, huge and chewy. Supreme balance with a nice long tail.
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice and strong beer with good taste and still medium bodied. Drunk at Ushi-Tora Tokyo on draft
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 In short: Unclassifiable fruity sipper
How: Bottle (back from Japan tasting at MartinT) and tap at Dieu Du Ciel on special Japan Night during Mondial 2009
The look: Mahogany body with barely any head.
The stuff: Complex fruity flavours, alcohol, vinous, strong malt character. The whole feels like a fruit cake that has been floating in red wine and whiskey. Residual sugar. In bottle the sweetness felt under control but on tap the beer felt overly sweet. Although the alcohol is very much present it is somewhat well hidden feeling “only” 10%-11%. I really liked their regular Vintage Ale but this Super Vintage Ale is just too much. So a regular Vintage uses a different yeast goes in barrel and comes out a Super Vintage. I’ve heard of a man who does something like that except with a different suit and a phone booth.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried at Lost Abbey Brunch with awaisanen, cquiroga, Tomme, Ivan and others. 12oz bottle for $15 from Takanaya in Tokyo. I think the name means white stone. Small to no head, but still carbonated. Deep, deep amber-brown hue. Slightest hint of sour, but overwhelmed with aged malty sweetness. Alchohol makes itself present, but does not overpower. My kind of beer. This was fun and worth the $15 once, but I think there are better beers for $15/12oz. Good.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 My Bottom Line:
This idiosyncratic mammoth manages to unify port wine, caramel and the sweet soy of sembei crackers into a piece of still sipping art which resembles no Barley Wine known to this man.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-When there is relatively no carbonation, there is no head of foam to be seen!
-Its redingote of the darkest purple grabs the eye.
-Legs on the glass warn of its potency.
-The grapey fruitiness is lush and emboldened by the slick, round body.
-A little chocolate flows alongside the caramel.
-Alcohol warms the throat thoroughly.
-In case you’re interested, this one’s brewed with red wine yeast.
2000 vintage on tap at Popeye’s, from the lagering tank at the brewery, and from a few bottles.
Lowe1983 (1319) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Whitey7183 for this bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a light brown head. Aroma is of plums, toasted malts, sherry, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor starts off sweet with plums, raisons, and sherry that give way to the toasted malts, yeast, and some alcohol warming on the end. A pretty well blended barley wine that was absolutely delicious.
asheft (2427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
[2000 vintage, on tap at Popeye’s]
Very sherry-like aroma with some toastiness, and plums. Ruby brown with no foam. Nice sherry/port flaovur with pleasant toasty finish and tons of dried fruit. A bit of an ethanol flavour, unfortunately. Full body and very low carbonation.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head is just thin white ring. Almost opaque black body, just dark red at bottom. Sweet coffee and wild berries aroma, slight earth and chocolate notes. Very harmonic. Deep intense sweet earth, coffee, and wild berries taste with notes of plums and chocolate. Strong alcohol heat. Dry mild aftertaste with vanilla and licorice notes. Excellent beer, even if barley wine is a bit of a stretch. (0.1l on tap? At Popeye.)