bytemesis (3524) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber, small quickly dissipating off-white head, some lacing. Aroma is quite strong, malty, carmel, toffee, red wine, dried fruits. Flavor follows, medium sweet and just a bit of bitterness, lots of malt sugar notes, some dark breads, a bit of spiced rum. Fullish body, creamy but a bit chalky. Good beer.
JJ1 (4) - - MAY 1, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is truly delicious. Super pungent with sweet start And finish plus full of flavor
allmyvinyl (4253) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle via Craig. 2006 version. Pours opaque dark brown, no head. Rich dried fruit aromas, sherry and Christmas cake. Taste is boozy, nutty, cardboard. Sticky finish.
McNeillR (1329) - SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Auburn brown, clear and headless. Dank Christmas cake. Really sweet roasted, clean and chewy enough. Silky cloying throughout. Soft smooth shelled light roasted and clear cut peanut on the linger. Honey roast cashew with the final call.
Bottle, Cheers CAGarvieUK, 2006 bottle.
BlackHaddock (4150) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09 Version: 275ml poured carefully into a Chimay goblet on Saint Georges’ Day in 2014. Slight haze to my pour, a dull reddy brown body sat below a collar and wisp of white semi-bubbles. Rich aroma of sweet fruits with a sweet sherry feel. The taste is also along the same lines. Didn’t realise how sweet this would be, good job I’ve got a sweet tooth. Smooth and far too easy to sip, plums soaked in sherry comes to mind: did I mention it was sweet?
BMMillsy (1524) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tipples, 11-2012 release. Pours murky reddish orange as all the versions do, with essentially no head at all on top. Beautiful aroma of toffee, figs, pears, plums, sweet caramel. Smells rich and sweet. Flavor is a beautiful nutty toffee fruit flavor. Pecans and caramel galore with an extra sweet fruit character like pears and figs. Really nice. Sweet full mouthfeel with adequate carbonation. A very nice beer.
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006. Gold color with zero head. Low carb, nearly still. Touch of cigarettes amidst the caramel malts. The de facto English Barleywine; so much caramel. Drinking great right now.
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 Vintage. Pour from 90.3 fl oz bottle. Murky muddy brown brew with no head. Aroma of dark fruit and sweet malts. Taste is sweet malt, honey, dark fruit, sugar, alcohol. The finish time warped me back to the days when I drank instant Korean ginseng tea - little packets of dry ginseng extract. Exactly the same earthy taste at the very end. Weird, strong - just noticed that this one bottle cost $8... Yikes - just noticed that I paid $8 for this one bottle. I always thought that ginseng would be a good flavoring in beer and I think I was right.
ClubGonzo (4238) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle from trade, shared with Yngwie as a treat for his great hospitality during the VANØ annual gathering 2014. 10 years old, exciting stuff! :-) Pours a hazy, near-murky brown body with a tiny off-white head, disappearing quickly. Filtered and pasteurized, you say? Damn... :-P Nose is incredibly sweet and complex: nougat, toffee, sugar, raisins, caramel and hints of nuts and milk chocolate. Taste follows up with caramel, big chocolate tones, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and hints of cocoa butter, biscuits, nuts and bread crumbs. Full, oily body, soft carbonation (after 10 years, that’s no wonder really!) A smooth, yet thick and viscous English barley wine with loads of oxidized confection-oriented sweetness. I like it.
cliffdawg (4) - USA - MAR 26, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 vintage. Very minimal carbonation, very delicious. Viscous and jammy love how the flavor stays on my pallet. Still really excellent!