_angst_ (3284) - 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 (12521) - 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!
shoulderbroken (2476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma bourbon, honey, treacle. Taste nice, treacle, chewy, sweet. Good stuff.
KyotoLefty (7192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle. Huge bourbon nose, vanilla, coconut, cola, cherry, chocolate. Cloudy, dark brown, with lace. Nice caramel old ale flavor, chocolate, raisin, honey, and of course bourbon. Mostly bourbon. Very nice but the beer character does not come through quite enough for greatness.
RobertDale (4032) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks deyholla. Pours a clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, fruit, and caramel. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit, caramel malt, and vanilla. Some alcohol comes through. Very nice to sip on.
SpongeRuiner (884) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big thanks to HisBoyElroy on this split. Extremely good beer. Very good smell taste and feel. So all around great beer.
Ratman197 (10732) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2011 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of prune, toffee, caramel, tobacco, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, fruitiness, tobacco, light bourbon and light oak with a smooth lingering fruity toffee finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of dkachur at the 15th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 07/16/2011. 2008 bottle. Clear deep amber body with a small frothy white head. Big bourbon, blue cheese, and caramel aroma. Big bourbon, vanilla, blue cheese and caramel flavor. Full body with moderately low carbonation.
Michbeerlover (145) - - DEC 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a 2013 bottle from the brewery's Winter Solstice event today. Pours a very dark red, almost black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla ,dark fruits, chocolate fudge and slight alcohol. Getting a lot of coconut, vanilla and dark cherries in the taste. No real alcohol in the taste, which is hard to believe at 14%. Medium mouthfeel. Coconut after taste lingers for some time. World class brew.
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Koelschtrinker (12041) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2009. Schwerer, deutlich alkoholischer Antrunk mit eher wenig Aromen. Etwas brennend, wenig getreidig, wenig würzig malzig. Zum Ende schokoladig, brennend alkoholisch. 7/11/10/11/9/9