riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose of dark fruit toffee caramel brown sugar herbal aged hop notes. Auburn copper pour great head lace and legs. Nice looking beer. Flavors of dark fruit toffee brown sugar herbal notes a touch pf brine tang alcohol but smooth and warming. Lingering residual sugar. Really solid beer.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12-oz. 2012 bottle cracked brand-new. Pours a clear but incredibly dark mahogany with bright rubied edges. Dense creamy tan head that falls quickly away to not much at all. Loose drippy lace. Big rich caramel, molasses, and brown sugar nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb--surprisingly light and effervescent for a barleywine, or anything 11%. Caramel, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, balsa wood, and black walnuts on the mid palate, with a long sweetish finish.
Caskalefan (136) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2013 Very attractive (and refractive) deep amber brown color with off-white head that really lasts.
Nose of figs, persimmons, caramel, toffee, gingerbread, and allspice.
Taste is all of the above plus plum, raisin, baker’s chocolate, and cedar shavings.
Very nicely integrated hops and alcohol create a very warming and pleasing orchestra of flavor that just hits the spot.
Gerbeer (1227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Pours a deep red/mahogany with medium lasting head. Aromas of wood, caramel, roasted malt and licorice. Smooth and almost creamy for a barley wine. Beautiful balance and 11% well hidden. Flavors of dark fruit/plums, roasted malt, burnt sugar, and way in the background a bit of pine. Excellent.
Sammy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
187 ml bottle from the brewery, seeing how it is after 2 years’ release, 29th month of life. Poured a brownish body without any head. Looks and taste like rich malt, slightly boozy aroma and there is alcohol warming in the taste, with a bit of booze in the aftertaste. Certainly hits its style, more British in experience, the hops are behind toffee and...butterscotch, understated citrus taste. Smooth drinker.
MrHangover (1787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clear amber color. Faint aroma of some malts and booze. Flavor is complex and sweet. Very nice.
dEnk (3105) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ mr. Hangover tasting. Aroma is big bready caramel malts, some alcohol, red fruit notes and a touch of spice. Flavour is malty caramel, alcohol and some fruity notes. Nice.
erickok (2810) - Tours, FRANCE - OCT 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slightly hazy, copper body and creamy beige head. Delicate woody concentrated fruit flavours, malty base, well developed. Well developed taste as well and very tasty. Not the most powerful but very balanced and nice. (33cl bottle at MrHangover’s tasting)
Vaiz (2926) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ tasting. Hazy amber pour. Aroma is fruity, malty sugars, fruity and with some tea. Flavor is sweet malty decent hops, quite thick body, well balanced. nice body. Great beer.
77ships (3019) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thx. for letting me sample this one. 341 ml. bottle sampled @ Borefts 2012. 12/2011 bottled. Red amber with a tanned head. Sweet aged, belgian character and yeast, dark fruits, tad dusty apple, lightly oxidized, brown sugar, spices, milk chocolate. Candy sweet, only light oxidation, brown sugar, belgian yeast, mellow dark fruits, light milk chocolate, toffee, bit light bodied - appears to have aged rather fast. Decent enough. Apparently limited to 1100 bottles.