harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with reddened hues. Little to no head formation. Scant foam formation. Rimmed edge with burnt cream. Lacing scant. Clarity is near excellent. Flecks of yeast in suspension.
S: Waffles with maple syrup, real maple syrup. Brown sugar, malt. The smell is quite sweet. Evident plums, dark fruits, nuances of hazelnut and praline.
T: Toasted graham, mallows, oral sex - this is that good. Dry, bready malt tones with exceptional weaving of the, once again, waffles with (real) maple syrup. Outstanding. My wife is next to me and I don’t really want to share. Oh yeah, praline and nougats.
M: medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. I’ve likely shaken all the carb out of this. Slicks and numbs my palate - resonating the flavors.
D: If I had another one in the fridge, I would be getting ready to pour it into another glass so it was the right temp when I moved onto it.
Serving type: bottle
BillWyce (673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: 11/2012 cellar release, 1 year old. Poured hazy orange-amber with a thin, 1/2 finger white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is malty sweet with a leathery note. Full body, with a syrupy thickness and a lingering astringency in the finish. Very sweet malt flavor, with a bit of a medicinal note. Gives way to a lingering note of buttery leather that lingers in the finish. Further aging might tame the sweetness a bit.
Bif (1294) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed in 2010. Pours a dark amber color, hazy with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, sherry, vanilla and spices. Taste of dark fruity sweetness, caramel with a bit of malt in the background. Distinct bitterness and a bit sticky, syrupy finish. Medium body, smooth with flavors becoming more intense as it warms. Nicely balanced with the 11.5% ABV very well hidden throughout. Very enjoyable barley wine. Nice sipper on a cold winter evening.
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just found some old notes on this one… 2001 vintage tasted in 2011. It pours a brown/amber color with no head. The aroma has a lot of port, honey, sherry, maple syrup, plums, raisins and vanilla. The flavor is thick with sherry, plums, prunes, maple syrup and honey. Syrupy mouthfeel, but super rich and tasty. Overall score 4.2
2006 vintage also tasted in 2011. It pours an orange color with light bubbles. Noticeably lighter that the 2001. The aroma has some orange fruit, raisins, honey and brown sugar. More fruity that the 2001, with sweaty caramel notes. The flavor is a bit oxidized with super sweet honey, caramel, almonds, oranges, raisins and port. Overall score 3.9
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2012 bottle. Autumn Limited Edition. Hazy amber. Big malty aroma, caramelly, vinous, with some sherry, some fruitiness and cookies,. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, cookie-ish, with fruitiness and sherry, a bit alcoholic. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. Really good stuff.
zvikar (2800) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub Florentin. Autumn Limited Edition. Pours orange clear with a small head, aroma of fruits, toffee, wood, fresh fruits, dried fruits, cherry and vanilla, flavor of soy sauce, fruits, wood, sweetness, cherry, port, nice bitterness, tasty, full bodied
mike5326 (656) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy light brown color, no head. Sweet candy smell. Oily body with a high alcohol flavor and a candy like finish.
Luvystypotables (378) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of grain, especially corn, amber colour slightly cloudy. Taste of grain especially corn, and alcohol. Palate of gain and alcohol.
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz 2008 bottle pours a dark hazy amber brown with a small tan head. Big flavor of sweet malt caramel vanilla. Nice sipper beer.
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 1996 thanks to Paul, shared while watching football with Paul, Andy, and Max. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Lots of chocolate on the nose, cocoa and warm malt. A touch of oxidization, but not as much as I’d expect for a beer this old. A bit of maple syrup. Quite sweet, a touch of oxidization, malt, sweetness, warm and toasty. Chewy sweet malt. Rather tasty actually. But still a touch too sweet.