dmschefke (565) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Kuhnhenn. Pours a deep amber with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of dried fruit, caramel, and alcohol. Taste is very similar with a slight sweetness and roasted malt for balance. Mouthfeel is dry and malty. Looking forward to a vertical on this one!
HisBoyElroy (311) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good beer. Not quite as good as the BA version. Worth getting if you get the chance.
blklab2007 (1783) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011bottle through trade. Pour has a very dark nutty brown color with a ring of tan head on the glass. Aroma has a cocktail of malts, chocolate, toffee, and dark fruit. Mouth feel is a medium and the carbonation very low though there is a touch still to be found. Flavor is nice and richly malted, chocolate, aged hops, caramel, and a light bit of heat.
Lonick (336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark almost opaque, fruity and sweet but not in a cloying way. Excellent balance of flavours, hoppy on the back end, great
McNeillR (661) - SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darkish brown, soft haze hue. Nose is huge over bitter/sour rich nose. Impressive but a little bubble of infection through things. Light brown sugar. Stewed unvined dark berry - odd but decent.
Dense bitter berry, rich and off but it does work it’s way in. Like a nice veg stock, turns itself in. Fairly bitter and acrhid on the finish, but I can go easy for it’s age - soured but not ruinously.
Bottle, thanks CAGarvietron, November Tasting.
BenH (1732) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Craig. 2006. Dark brown with ring of head. Some oxidised notes, sherry and chocolate. Taste of rich dried fruits, lots of raisins, oxidised notes, some chocolate. Sweet amd a touch sour.
Staffan47 (699) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaska från 2011. Klent pys. Brun kulör med lite lösa partiklar. Doften påminner väldigt mycket om lagrad engelsk barleywine, typ Thomas Hardys. Torkad frukt, kavring, fenoler, diesel, lite komplex. Ingen fudgekola.
Mäktig smak som domineras av choklad. Blindprovad hade jag lätt gissat på över 10 år gammal, kanske 20 år. Komplex, häftig och tung.
Godofthecellar (496) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with espresso head. Smell of dark fruit, caramel, sugar
Taste followed suit, very sweet, light bitterness, decent not a fan of the style
dresden (671) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown nearly still beer. Aroma of nutty malt, vanilla, fruity raisins, caramel. Taste is very smooth toffee, vanilla, dried fruits. Unfortunately I tried this alongside the BA version, but this USA delicious beast.
PotjeBier (1308) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, 2011 edition. 13.5%, so that made me think it’s the Barrel aged version, but I didn’t taste any wood and there’s no mention of it on the label (only: 4th D is aged for a minimum of nine months before being released), so I’m assuming it’s this one.
Very dark color, almost opaque. No head to speak of. Aroma’s: dried fruits, raisins, soy sauce (shoyu/umami), somewhat alcoholic retronasal. Flavor is moderate sweet, dried fruits, upcoming bitterness. Alcohol is warming. Pretty full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Long finish, slightly bitter, a bit roasted, syruppy. Complex and delicious.
artmcd8 (1087) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 batch thanks to a trader. Pours a deep reddish brown. Not much carbonation left so no head. Aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Some dark fruits. Tastes more of raisins and dates with some caramel. Thick and syrupy.