vickvega82 (30) - Maine, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clouded and hazy amber with zero head, foam, or lacing. Smells of sweat fruits. Definetly apple and some notes of citrus. Some notes of subtle spices. The first taste has some hints of the apple i smelled and the taste of the calvados is definetly there. It is exceptionaly smooth and the taste of caramelization from the cask is great. The actual taste is not as robust as the smell but it is still very good.
KyotoLefty (5542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Slight apple aroma and acidity in the nose, along with the usually huge caramel. Flavor of caramel, raisin, apple, calvados. The acidity of the calvados adds a very nice balancing touch. Very good.
mike_77 (2408) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 Version - Aroma of nuts and overripe fruits. Itís thick, sticky and sweet with light carbonation. Biscuity flavour with hints of ginger and orange.
Mora2000 (5127) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drank in August 2012 alongside each of the other four variants.
The beer pours an orange color with an off-white head. The aroma has some brown sugar up front, with more brandy and apple notes as it warms. This one smells boozer than the regular Harvest Ale. The flavor has some apple skin character, as well as some brown sugar, leather and a bit of smoke, brandy and booze. I also get a little bitterness as the beer is cold, but that disappears as it warms. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
ryanfolty (1671) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
December 24, 2012 bottle from Blue Max. Light brown pour with some head and quite a bit of sediment. Caramel, dark fruit, rich dry alcohol, grape or viney and little bit of wood in the aroma. Most interesting of the group, starts with the sweetness but is quickly overpowered by the woody dry alcohol, seemed to take on some white wine characteristics. Super smooth and medium to thick bodied (slightly thicker than regular). 2008 vintage.
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma taste of milk chocolate syrup, fine booze (apple brandy I suppose). Feels good and pours a murky brown with beige head. Interesting beer, the aging doesn't come through very strongly - chocolate forward
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hirigalzkar (2003) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours brown-orange with a small white head. Sweet aroma with notes of yeast, banana and stilton. Taste is also very sweet and has got notes of vegtables, syrup, chocolate, banana and smoke. The mouthfeel kind of reminds me of syrup.
finol (1866) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle bought in Whole Foods Bowery November 2011.
A heavy, smooth sweet bw with taste of raisins, vinous with added complexety of apple schnapps.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stuff... man. I donít even know. When people tell you a beer is "unique", itís usually someone who is trying a craft IPA or a sour for the first time. But this beer falls into the category of "nothing else like it", I think.
My bottle was an í08. Tremendous amounts of flocculating sediment that slowly settles out beneath a rice-paper-thin head, leaving behind a clear, rosey-golden body. Overpoweringly sweet smell, almost like homemade applesauce with hints of raisins or prunes and a bit of grassy-ness. The flavor and mouthfeel are really unique, I think. It has a very thick syrupy consistency, like others mentioned. Up front it is extremely sweet and has a biting, aspirin-like bitterness that I canít really place right in the middle. Sweetness and dried fruit hits you again at the end, followed by some kind of faint nuttiness in the aftertaste.
Initial taste was at 45F. I let it come to room temp (65F) and can taste some honeyed fruit notes right off the bat that were not there before. It doesnít really "open up", though. Hard to believe this is north of 10% with the way it drinks. Overall a very different beer, even among barleywines. Itís like getting punched in the mouth with a honey-soaked burlap sack full of apple butter. Wow.
Steasy66 (713) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle into snifter at cellar temp. Extremely similar to a well aged Harvest Ale. The Calvados barrels add a bit more apple to the flavor but I canít see too much difference.