jmgreenuk (3255) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at the John=Jim Den Haag tasting, Den Haag. Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a murky brown colour with a thin off white head. The aroma is rich and alcoholic. The flavour is along the same lines with lots of oak and peat. It has a high ABV, but the alcohol doesn’t dominate. A lovely heavy beer.
Benzai (6266) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by kermis @ Jim is John tasting. Hazy dark orange to reddish color with a small off-white head. Smell malts, alcohol and fruityness. Taste is strong! Alcohol, fruityness, malts. Taste is heavy, tastes like it has more than 11.5% ABV. Full body, medium carbonation.
Vaiz (3108) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle ’09 @ ABC Beers Jim=John tasting. Murky amber pour. Aroma of madeira, ripe fruits, slightly chemical, spicy and floral. Flavor is alcoholic, fruity, sweet and aged. Very smooth and well balanced.
budznsudz (421) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 On tap at the Pour House. Murky orange pour with a bubbly cream head. Aroma is hot booze, sweet fruit, figs, and dish soap. Taste is syrup, figs, soap, and cloying sweetness with a dish detergent aftertaste. This is the type of beer that needs to lay down for a year or two. Right now it’s a hot mess.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: A sticky syrupy sweet burgundy ale that a bit too much in the fruity-caramel cloyingness territory for me.
How: Bottle 275ml 2004 vintage. Consumed when “aged appropriately” according to Lees Harvest enthusiasts opinion.
The look: Cloudy burgundy body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: Nose is rich toffee, maple syrup, port wine, fresh berries, a bit of a smoked maple wood sensation. Taste is syrupy, sticky caramel, liquefied baklava, some berries, toasted almonds, wet tobacco leafs. Very soft carbonation. No alcohol presence whatsoever. This beer is sticky syrupy sweet as hell, I understand this is a sipper but I’m a beer drinker, a beer that is so cloying that I can barely drink a tiny 275ml bottle just doesn’t score very high in my book. I found the four barrel variants to be a lot less sticky syrupy and therefore easier to drink. A classic beer from a classic British brewery founded in1828, the year when because of an administrative error in the British parliament, the Act of Unions made Ireland a province of Bulgaria, the error was corrected in 1834 but the relationship never recovered.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just smells bad, rest is really very good. He’s right, not bisto but Soy Sauce, not particularly good soy sauce, but soy sauce nevertheless. That nevertheless was at the end of a sentence not the middle, was it still a connective or was but the connective. I do actually care. 700no.
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2001 edition. Bisto to soy sauce to Christmas. Definitely some beef in there though. 300 not out. Smashing. Super. Look at what you could have won. This stuff could give you gout. I like it.
arondee (527) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a cloudy mucky brown with no head. Aroma is peat and pee. The taste is sweet pee mixed with peated smoke. Nasty.
haukur (1164) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 versions. Plenty of raisins, malt in the aroma. Brown with no head. Not bad but very bland considering the style. Maybe too young?
keanex (1231) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 2011 Autumn Limited Edition. 2.5 years, roughly, as of now.
Appearance: This is a great looking barleywine, the body is clear and copper sporting a thin light tan head that doesn’t stick around long but settles into a thin coating and a dense ring.
Aroma: I do not like this, the aroma is of perfume and plastic. Sweet malts and some fruit are behind this overbearing bouquet. The aroma reminds me a lot of an aerosol "fresh air" spray.
Taste: The malts are much more present here with a big sweetness with prune and grape flavors. The aerosol flavor is present, somewhat perfume like, adding a dryness to this that lingers a touch.
Palate: Thick with a good amount of soft carbonation.
Overall: I don’t know what the flavor I am hating is here, but it ruins the beer for me.
2010 bottle, at least 3 years by now.
Appearance: Hazy and murky amber with no head, only a sparse large bubbled white coating.
Aroma: The aroma has a buttered popcorn presence with brown sugar. It also has that aerosol can spray presence with smoked meats, like peppered beef jerky. What a clusterfuck.
Taste: Holy fuck I don’t even want to sip again. This is fucking awful. Fucking awful. Like walking into a freshly soaked aerosoled room and eating buttered peppered beef jerky. This fucking sucks.
Palate: Thick with light carbonation.
Overall: Fucking awful beer. All beers of this series have blown. ?Holy shit avoid. This is terrible. Drainpour.
Ratings: Ar: 1, Ap: 2, Ta: 1, Pa: 4, Ov: 1