danlo (1175) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle from Tuckers Maltings. Hazy dark brown amber colour, thin off-white foam head and aroma of molasses, toffee, caramel. Taste is sweet, malty, with brown sugar, toffee, caramel and a nutty, earthy, boozy note. Smooth mouthfeel, medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, dry sweet nutty finish. Quite drinkable.
deanso (5362) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from my beer cellar shared with Kermis.
Thin white head. Murky amber pour. Complex aftertaste. very nice
kermis (5260) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours yeasty chunky big floater amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of port, molasses, honey, a light burnt aspect and sweet overripe dark fruits. Flavor is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
daniele (5434) - ITALY - MAY 3, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
08 thanks Alex
Bel ambrato lieviti in sospensione ossisata caramello marsala in bocca molto vegetale astringente ( ma come era all origine?)
deyholla (6660) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours smear clear deep amber with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and completely. Aroma has lots of caramel notes with a bit of light fruit and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has an interesting combination of pest, smoke and sweet grains with caramel backing.
BoBoChamp (5477) - 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 (1860) - 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 (15124) - , 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 (6915) - 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 (8743) - 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.