KansaiBeerLvrs (1209) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Qbrick’s Strong Beer Event, served in a snifter a dark reddish brown almost black with minimum head. The aroma is redolent of sweet dark fruits, red grapes, plums & figs-delicious! The body is viscous & thick a substantial beer. The taste is sweet, fruity, caramel, candy, with a very light zesty carbonation. A fun Barleywine, with some burn as it goes down your throat & warms your belly but no real overt booziness. Quite good. The one negative in the nose after warming up it can give strong nail polish chemical notes in the aroma.
gmellison (320) - Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour thanks to arminjewell. Dark almost purple brown color. Aroma is dark fruits and burnt sugar. Flavor is like rum and root beer almost, smooth for the alcohol content.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Armin’s place, courtesy of arminjewell. Thanks! Pours a deep reddish brown appearance with a thin brown head. Light vinegar, a touch medicinal cherry, chocolate, roasty malty, caramel, plum aroma. Pretty fucken strong flavor. Chocolate, cola, plum, red grape, a bit oxidized, cookie dough, caramel, pretty sweet flavor. Big beer but not too bad.
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, thanks to jbeatty for the bottle! Dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought big dark fruits, caramel, toffee, slight spice, touch of molasses, hints of slight anise, touch of vinegar but not much. Taste is a mix of nice dark fruits, slight oak, earth, hints of molasses, toffee, caramel, touch of slight orange, hints of cola, root beer, more anise and spice, finishing bitter, sweet, slightly dry. Very interesting.
shoulderbroken (1668) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Gar Eden. Dark brown not much head. 2012 edition. Aroma is chocolate, alcohol, lots of booze, marzipan, fruity. Taste is good, initial chocolate, then boozy fruits, boozy kick, touch of smoke and spice. Great stuff, lots of vinous fruitiness, really smooth and warming. Booze fairly well hidden. Liquorice? Sweet fruitiness. Very smooth.
jbeatty (912) - New York, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage, 07/05/2013. Pours deep brown, amber highlights, thin white fizzy head fades to leave a thin ring of lacing around the glass. Aroma of raisins, light berry, caramel fudge, slight roast, dark hoppy character, touch of booze. Taste is rich dark fruit, chocolate toffee, spicy licorice. Thick body as befits the ABV, everything well-integrated. Nice, great big barley wine.
jonno (2096) - JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. This stepped up to the plate! Big flavours with well integrated alchol - for 14%! - and a good clean finish. Sherry/port, red wine, raisins, sweet spices and candi sugar all rolled in to a beer that is neither cloying nor too brash. Not a huge projection of flavours, but all well integrated.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Small coarseish offwhite head. Clear deep brown, almost black, body. Earthy fruity aroma with alcoholic roasty caramel notes. A bit musty. Later more caramel, soy sauce and toffee aromas come forward, with less mustiness and alcohol. Sweet-dryish roasty cocos taste with caramel, alcohol, and soy sauce notes. Full body. Hot mouthfeel, but smooth and almost flat. Dry-sweet cocos and caramel aftertaste with roasty chocolate and alcohol notes. Lingering licorice, toffee, and molasses notes. Lovely! Sharp, but harmonic and well integrated. (0.33l bottle bought at brewery. 2010 vintage.)
KyotoLefty (5792) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught in Popeye, about 18 months old, drank alongside a 2001 Super Vintage. Almost black, some red, no head. Nose: raisins, some dark chocolate, caramel, fudge, faint but complex. Sweet, spicy, hot flavor, a bit of licorice, huge dried fruit, nice tangy aspect. Sweet, hot, and lovely. Smooth as hell. Much, much improved since it was new. Delicious.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Molasses, not that well blaanced. Dark chocolate, salty full bodied. Not rounded. Needs time.