mansquito (5096) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Adelphi Wine and Spirits, East Brunswick New Jersey bottle: I got the limited edition 2003 version in a bottle that looks different than your standard JW Lees, so I am guessing that this is something that they had aging at the brewery and rebottled or redistributed it recently. In any case, this pours a very murky brown with almost no head and a lot of sediment... As expected. Aroma is dark fruits... Basically got your raisins and prunes in there. Liquer and booze also are in there. Taste is quite sweet with a bit of the hop character still noticable deep in the background. The booze is covered by the immense amounts of sugar. Bodyis quite heavy. There isba definite woodiness to it. Taking a large sip makes the flavor nearly overwhelming. Quitw large. Or as British drum and bass DJs say: massive. I do not think I would want to drink more than one of these. Makes the skin tingle.
Lukaduke (2937) - Gray, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium copper color with a finger of white foam. Lots of sweet caramel, honey, sugar cookies, toffee, some wet leaves and earthy bitterness linger in the finish. A bit sweet and one note here but alcohol is hidden nicely and with the right pairing I could see this one shining a bit better.
DocJitsu (1582) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a completely murky peach caramel color with a cream colored, well-retaining head. Caramel and fermenting apple on the nose. Thick with some fine carbonation. Rich caramel flavor with moderately tart red apple, sherry coming through prominently.
Reynolds314 (3269) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flattish cola looking clear brown. Aroma is vanilla, raisin, plum, brown sugar, and wheat bread. Taste is insanely sweet. Tastes like they sauteed a caramilized loaf od wheat bread with some pennies in a skillet with sherry wine. Undrinkably sweet... Pass.
jamesie1857 (1921) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
275ml bottle - 2013 Vintage - from Beers of Europe - Cloudy amber body, thin white head. Nose is so strong. Sweet figs, loads of spirit, boozy alcohol, barley sugar sweets, caramel, toffee, the lot. Taste is sweet, loads of warmth, boozy, indulgent. Nice thick mouthfeel, sublime. And to think I’ve been putting this one off.
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2009 bottle drank in October 2015. 11.5%. Deep chestnut brown with a red tint and a fizzy white disappearing head. Lots of floaties: it looks like a snowglobe. Deep smell of wood, caramel, figs and other dried fruit, nuts, cranberries, with incredible deep heavy malt. Initial taste of soft roast and light nuts with a lingering sweet caramel and moves to a peppery sweet finish. Amazing taste with a full silky body. This beer moves beyond what can normally be categorized as beer and into pure malt sweetness. Not even a hint of alcohol. This one has aged very well. This is rich roasty candy.
dfearnley (1663) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass (2013 Autumn limited edition)
I’ve tried the BA versions (loved the Calvados) but never have I had the standard barley wine. This smells of orange, toffee, apple, red bell pepper, whiskey, and a mild peatiness. Cloudy amber with a thin white head and very little carbonation and retention. Taste is caramel, toffee, treacle, pepper, apple, and ending with a sweet bitterness. A little to sweet for me.
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 2012 Vintage, Autumn edition. Poured a cloudy amber color with an off white head. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and fruity. Sweeter.
kraddel (5843) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 15, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
If memory serves me right, I got this bottle in a trade. I believe it even might have been an awesome extra, but I’m not sure anymore... Anyways, this is the 2007 version, and I’m pretty excited about this one.
Pours Very dark amber / muddy brown. Small (or even none) white head. Clearly some sediment-flakes, but they luckely sink pretty easy.
Smell is boozy, walnutty. Taste is sharp, clearly some portorisation went on and holy smokes those walnuts become amazingly intense ! Notes of madeira, and complex, other aspects of this oxidation. Still sweet, but in a very subtile way. Very interesting, intense and complex ale ! Fruit-forward as well ( raisins ) All in a balanced whole.Carbonation is present but not overwhelming. A beer to be savored, not drank. A beer to enjoy by a fire, with a good book. I love it ! I am glad I opened this now since the age clearly has brought this up -as far as my taste is concerned- but I feel like this might be breaking down in the next few years ( AKA turn wattery etc )
TorbenJensen (1444) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Immediately it is a barley wine with relatively much foam in relation to the type. The superior flavor of indeterminate fruit as well as clear notes of port wine and dark grapes. A little almond hiding in the amount of flavorings, and it is very promising everything together. The flavor is sweet and has a richness as dessert with predominantly sweet grapes and a sweet vinous flavor more reminiscent of madeira than Port (as flavor revealed). A little distress is represented in the finish. Normally, I like when a barley hide alcohol slightly fruity flavors, but in this case I miss an alcohol that can step on the field and correct sweetness of its ascendancy. In my opinion it is too sweet, even for use as dessert beer. It serves no purpose to save it in a long time, it appeals not really with some character that will evolve over time. However, if you are a real sweet tooth is certainly good, but even for barley wine-drinkers is not a beer I would recommend.