olio (7424) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark amber-golden color with a large head. Some wet cardboard is the first thing on the nose, sadly, that pretty much ruins the aging prospects for this. The "cardboardiness" seems to fade towards the end though. Ripe fruits, yeast with some subtle herbal notes on the aroma also.
Extremely sweet toffee-caramel infused fruity flavor, molasses, brown sugar with subtle syrup and yeasty notes, the cardboard eventually shows itself on the flavor too. Alcohol comes into play only on the warming aftertaste. The flavor is more of a Barley Wine, not really getting the Belgian vibe here at all. Sticky sweet, lingering. Complex and rich, although maybe this would have been way better fresh.
Gary (1630) - Brentford ,London , Texas, Somerset, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2015 Bottled @ the Magpie Brentford ; The nose on this is like a Quad and a Barley Wine having sex ... A robust xomplex malt showcase . Notes suggest cherry covered chocolate ..boozy Tangerine ...raisin bread. A touch bready . Extreme cloying rich palate that does surrender to some dryness . Its pretty gud !
Stuu666 (6166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours copper, nose is blackcurrant, star anise, fruity, taste is rich, juicy, sweet.
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl, as Hardknott Rhetoric ’Edition I’, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, with star anise, from Ales By Mail (UK), complex brew, malty/spicy/sweet and slightly fruity, balanced, clear, small head, good brew, yet expensive!
Garrold (2493) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bier Huis, Ossett. Hazy, reddy amber. Film, and a few bubbles of pale tan head. Sweet, All Bran like malts. Dried fruits. The Missus picked up anise straight away. I didnt. I did get vanilla. Toasted tea cake. Very fruity, boozy, and heady. Taste is boozy sweet. Fruity dry. Palate is smooth, rich, oily, and a little chewy. Finishes long, chewy sweet, and light bitter. Really good, big, tasty beer.
Hanoi (596) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, edition 1. Nose is overpoweringly sweet, pronounced star anise, slight cloves some spice, simple. Taste is cloyingly sweet, alcohol, some dark fruits, stewed apple, the aniseed takes a lot of swilling in the mouth to detect, and is marginal to the point of irrelevance., mouthfeel is too thin.
Underwhelming but drinkable.
zacgillbanks (3085) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Open All Hours, Keswick. This is a cloudy red-brown coloured beer that pours without any sort of head. It has sweet, rich red fruit and currant flavours, vanilla and slight tart fruity notes with a creamy, warming spicy fruity finish.
chimpgibbon (424) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home. Pretty rank really. Way too aggressive in terms of sweetness and general flavour. Cloying and harsh, no subtlety whatsoever. Liquorice, malts, some dark fruit, but just over cooked.
Camons (7508) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Rasmus. Pours amber with a small offwhite head, leaving some nice lacings. Aroma of malt, spice, anise, light oxidation. Flavor is malt, caramel, spice, anise, oxidation, boozy. Full body, soft carbonation, light alcoholic finish. Quite sticky. 240414
chrisv10 (12507) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle "Edition 1", 10.2%. Hazy amber with small dark amber/orange. Aroma is malt, spices, little oxydized, anise and caramel. Flavour is malt, caramel, anise, candy sugar, sweet, sticky, toasted, little oxydized with notes of alcohol.