ken1 (897) - DENMARK - MAY 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A sweet cognacy flavor with flavors of fruit and a bit alcoholic. Dark brown in color with a creamy head.
gunnar (5296) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Pours clear dark amber with a nice looking creamy off-white head. Aroma of plums and caramel, some vinous notes as well. Taste is smooth, filling mouthfeel, some noticeable wood as well, moderate sweet caramel, lingering, good one.
GothGargoyle (1209) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a good sized pale head. Aroma is Belgian yeast, caramel, clove. Creamy mouthfeel with a lot of malty character. Taste is caramel, cloves, banana, raisins. Good Belgian.
Scrapersnbeer (1481) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A beer made with me in mind. Big nose of currants, toffee, licorice and alcohol. Very murky, swampy looking brown. Lots of dark tree fruit flavors and bitter contrast that’s based on the high content more than hops. Very thick yet slick, also tears the palate up pretty well. As always, I don’t like to criticize beers for relying to much on the alcohol content, but that seems to be dominant element in this one. The point is, a beer as high toned as this needs to go up in nuance or down in price. I won’t kick it out of bed, though.
olio (6194) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle.
Rated on 20110709.
Pours dark brown color with small head which leaves lacing. Aroma of sweet malts, plums, raisins, belgian yeast and some berry notes. Flavor of plums, sweet malts and some bitter alcohol. A bit unpleasant metal and alcohol burn on the palate, lots of CO2 as well.
brokensail (10935) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark amber in color with an off-white head. The aroma is a bit off-putting and cough medicine-like. Overly sweet with some cherry flavor and syrup. The flavor is no better (worse, perhaps?). Cherry cough syrup flavor with cloying sweetness. Lots of dark, overripe fruit flavors such as plums and prunes. Not my favorite by a long shot.
MrW (420) - Londerzeel, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2013 Bottle @ZDF ’12 (apr/12)
Re-rate Bottle 2012(feb/13)
Karamel, wine aroma with some fruits.
Brownred colour but very dark, no sparkling, minimal head,
The caramel of the aroma comes back in the taste and so do the dark fruits. Vinous. Some alcohol in the finish, together with a light sweetness. Full taste.
Full bodied, sourish warm finish.
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draughht. High creamy lasting off-white head. Pitch black body. Mailty coffee liquorice aroma. Mild creamy malt coffee liquorice flavor with a low carbonation and a long aftertaste. Alcohol level well hidden.
benpickens (403) - Camarillo, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inky brown; very little head and fades into non existence even with a vigourous pour. Grape aroma; pleasant similar to Abt 12 and Roch 10. Nice sweet taste and finish with an undercurrent of fiery contained alcohol burn.
Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Volo, served way too cold. So much better as it warmed with grapey aroma and winish rich, dark bodied. A good barleywine, and real wine substitute. Alcohol well hidden. Almost no head.Above average mouthfeel.