Xilgrin (6) - - APR 3, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong aroma and quite rightly so! 2010 vintage, with singing flavours. Drink with a glass of water as this is serious. Look at the legs running down the side of the glass as it’s so strong
kermis (9070) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to spdyfire83. Pours hazy brown with no head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, malt, biscuit, raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet and light moderate bitter. Alcohol warmth in the finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (7942) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Big thanks!
No head. No carbonation. Hazy amber pour. Alcohol burn but well hidden alcohol. Very smooth. Lovely
Steve_0 (3730) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks man!! Pour is murky brown with no head. Big caramel, figs, raisins, dates, prunes, nutty, bready, and brown sugar aroma. Taste is slightly oxidized, leathery, tangy, ripe figs, caramel, soy sauce, light vanilla, and candi sugar. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really easy-drinking barleywine and hard to believe it is 15%+. Nice stuff.
Experiment_Ale (1095) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours dark murky bronze. Aroma is huge pungent awesome caramel fig raison, old malt. Taste is rounded caramel malt, nice old musky notes, burnt sugars.
tomer (2686) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At a tasting, thanks DSG, clear very dark brown colour, suprising aroma of fresh berries and plums with dark bread,werther’s original candy, strong werthers flavour and dried fruits flavour with some alcohol showing through but not feeling to heavy. Nice but not too great.
DSG (10563) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks troganmi for this bottle! 2013 bottle. 14%. Clear dark amber-brown with a tan head. Wonderful aroma of malt, cookies, bourbon, vanilla and some chocolate. Sweet flavor, malty, cookie-ish, with caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, wood and some bourbon. Lovely rounded full body. Really great stuff!
alliance100 (1096) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at MBG Winter Festival - pours a hazy brown. Caramel, toffee, and bourbon aromas. Fair amount of alcohol. Lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors. Excellent .
_angst_ (4261) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle received in trade. Thank you lionsandbeer! Pours tiny hazy mahogany brown with a very small offwhite head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, biscuits, vanilla fudge, caramelized almonds, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch hard candy, charred US oak, toasted coconut, tingling alcohol, raisins in rum, figs in brandy and hints of cocoa powder, amaretto and bourbon. Taste is sweet and malty with toasted malts, caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, sweet liquorice candy, bourbon, roasted nuts, caramelized almonds, hay, charred US oak, sweet dark bread, hay, raisins, dates, brown sugar and hints of cocoa powder. Mouthfeel is round, creamy, soft, tiny boozy and full bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter, malty and fruity with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge, charred US wood, raisins, dates, roasted nuts and bourbon. Smooth and incredibly rich. One of the top barley wines I’ve ever tried.
rlgk (16556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, huge thanks to Alex (_angst_)!!! Clear amber/mahogany beer with a small head. Hazelnut aroma, malty, fruity, caramel, raisins, toffee, plums, candy notes, dades, vanilla, woody, cream notes, bourbon, some licorice. Malty vanilla flavor, caramel, licorice, raisins, hazelnuts, warming alcohol, bourbon, dades, raisins, cream, chocolate notes, cocoa powder, earthy notes. Lovely mouthfeel, full bodied, alcohol is well hidden. Perfection! So glad I was given the chance to try this beer, Alex!