vickvega82 (35) - 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.
Stuu666 (1440) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2006 edition. Sweet caramel, fruity apple, dry, thin.
allmyvinyl (2795) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
275ml bottle, thanks Craig. Pours hazy brown, no head. Aromas of dark sugar, sherry. Tate is cardboard and Calvados if you look hard enough. Finishes sweet.
BenH (2146) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2006, thanks Craig. Brown with little to no head. Aroma ofsherry fruits. Taste of cardboard, sherry fruits. Sweet and bitter.
cgarvieuk (13933) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... recent buy but 2006 brewed .. dark brown ... no head ... big oxidised malt ... light card board nose .. sweet toffee malts ... soft roast .. big oily fruits .... soft fruits .. soft malts ... soft oily fruits ..
weaselkenievil (1606) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, in a run of three with the sherry and whiskey versions, from Beer Emporium, Sandbach. Murky red brown amber with a thin off white yellowed head. Aroma has some sweet malts, toffee apple, sugar, brandy. Flavour is caramel and more toffee apple, brandy. Surprisingly smooth palate. Sweet. A little woody.
Nocturne (744) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle. Clear orange shade with a small ring of head. Aroma of wet wood, apple strudel, slight herbalness, maybe a bit medicinal too. Up front taste of apple brandy with maltiness behind. Very sweet, definite medicinal twang to the malt again, just as in the aroma. I don’t rate the base beer in the top echelon but I think the barrel really transformed this into something very good.
Slipstream (1979) - USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! On tap at Torst. It is hard to imagine a richer, more complex, more interesting beer than this. Actually it doesn’t seem like beer at all, it seems like a different kind of beverage that should be in its own category somehow. There is an aroma of brandy, fresh fruit, lemon, and brett. A wide range of flavors plays along the palate - brandy, lemon, lime, maple syrup, cranberry, punch - wow. It sounds like it might be a mess, but it all clicks. The only weakness is that it is a touch syrupy. This series is one of my all time favorites for sure.
Corrinado711 (78) - - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter pours a translucent deep orange with very little white head. Aroma of light, sweet brandy and malt. Taste is similar to the aroma with a very light, well balanced boozy finish with acidic fruit. Very interesting palate with a light Mouthfeel with almost no carbination. Very unique.
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle pours a dark golden wheat with zero head very slow pour but still a lot of sediment. Sweet malt and barrel aroma. Sweet malt apple light fruit oak taste.
dfearnley (874) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle to mason jar...yep, needs must and plastic cup just wouldn’t do.
Oak, caramel, lactose, brandy, and apple.
Beautiful clear deep red with a thin creamy white head.
Full on brandy, caramel, lactose, and orange.
I must say, it’s a little thin, but slick, oily, and incredibly well balanced for an 11.5% barley wine. Congratulations on an amazing beer.