BoBoChamp (5015) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
28cl, Vintage 2008, English brew, from Voldby Købmandsgaard Hammel, complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly fruity, balanced, cloudy, nearly no head, good brew, yet expensive!
Minderbinder (1533) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with low beige head. Floaties. Aroma is of caramel, sugar, fruits, berries, alcohol, molasses. Taste is of caramel, metal, roasted malt (slightly burnt), porto, fruits, berries, sugar, alcohol, madeira. Palate: Full bodied. Good balance. Syrupy. Overall: Very good. A sipper. Slight cardboard.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Big thanks to Bruce for this J W Lees whale. Hazy deep amber beer with no real head. Toffee, maple syrup, nuts and light dried fruits. Touch of cinnamon and a whisper of mellow brandy. Light dry finish. Delicious.
Scopey (5293) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce! It pours deep amber with a small beige head. The nose is honeycomb, toffee, maple syrup, dried fruit, juicy, oily, spice and fruit cake. The taste is hot cross buns, honey, honeycomb, dried fruit, warming alcohol, wood, marshmallow, toffee and cinnamon. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Delicious, oily, dessert beer. The quintessential British barley wine.
Theydon_Bois (6471) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, huge thanks to our host with the most for unearthing this whale, 13/11/13.
Murky orange amber with floaties and a topped with a moderate beige covering.
Nose is big dark fruit notes, spice, dark toffee, light booze, Xmas cake, treacle, lightly roasty malts.
Taste comprises burnt sugars, nutty tones, dark toffee fudge, caramelised sugar, dates, stewed prunes, figgy pudding.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, no heat at all, sweet finale but not overbearing.
Great drinking BW for the ABV and holding up very well indeed, great stuff.
maneliquor (2729) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 15, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Legend Bruce, my beer of the night. Bottle. Pours clear toffee amber with a small, firm beige head. Nose is heavy chocolate sultana, stewed raisins, thick and resinous toffee, light pear, walnuts and napoleon ice cream. Indulgence. Taste is a world of flavour - cinnamon sticks, honey, cooked pineapple, thick caramel and stewed fruits - big fig, raisin, sultana, chocolate covered sultana. A big pedro ximinex feel to it. Amazing beer
tom10101 (2094) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (275 ml). 2008 vintage. Clear bright amber/burgundy with a light ring of beige foam and a good amount of floaties. Aroma is of toffee, plums, herbal notes, nuts and light oxidation. Taste is moderately sweet with toffee, caramel, plums, herbal presence, mineral notes and an unpleasant sticky finish. Alcohol well hidden. Medium body. Low carbonation. Sirupy mouthfeel. Good English Barley Wine. If it was not of the weird sticky finish, it would have been way better. Good it comes in small bottles.
Leighton (9640) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - many thanks to Bruce. Pours mostly clear amber with some floaties and a frothy tan head. Nose suggests extremely sweet malts, some toffee, some golden raisins. Big sweet flavor with slightly syrupy sugars, loads of toffee, raisins, dates. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Sticky and lightly warming to finish, caramel and toffee, hints of smoke, more dried pale fruits. Delicious stuff. Outrageously rich and complex. Wonderful.
DocLock (7428) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
9.3 oz bottle. Pours turbid orange with minimal off-white head. Nose is big yeasty funky malts, hops, oak, plummy and apricotty fruit, honey. Tastes oaky, complex, with notes of fruit, honey, whiskey, malt, and hops, and a complex flavor and finish.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - SEP 4, 2013
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
9.3 oz bottle. Pours a murky brown-orange color with no head. Aroma is pretty nice, sweet dried fruit, caramel, oranges, maple syrup, and vanilla. Taste is kinda gross though. Intense sweetness is cloying. Candied fruit, brandy, and more sugar. Very syrupy. Somethings not right here, had to pour this out.