Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with a plum and raisin aroma. A really fantastic beer. Carbonated to balance the complex flavors. Yeasty, cholcolate-like, red wine like characteristics.
mR_fr0g (1363) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Craft Clerkenwell. Thanks to Leighton. Aroma is figs, prune, roast, yeast esters. Opaque black caramel, halo greyish tan head. Flavour is sweet caramel, toast brown bread malts, dried fruits with touch of apricot. Some fruit esters. Medium carb, medium full body. Tasty barley wine.
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Craft Clerko, thanks to Leighton, 25/10/13.
Mahogony brown with a moderate light tan covering that clears to a pond.
Nose is nutty, dark fruits, toffee, brown sugar.
Taste comprises light smoke, sweet dark toffee, fruity tang, burnt orchard, caramelised sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly toasted nut flavours in the finale allied to sweet sugars.
Decent barley wine, alcohol is well integrated, a little sweet at times though.
Scopey (4574) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours very deep brown with a thick light tan head. The nose is earthy, light smoke, meaty, spice and twiglets. The taste is pretty sweet, cola, caramel, candy, dark fruit, wood, raisin and unami notes with a sweet finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. A bit odd, plenty of unami. Not bad though.
Quack-Duck (7209) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Deep brown colour, beige head. Malty and very chocolatey with hints of raisins, figs, dates and caramel. A full-bodied, dark delight...
Glouglouburp (5864) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In short: An unexciting sweet and roasty mahogany strong ale.
How: From a bottle at Montreal Mondial 2013.
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam.
In long: The malted nose is overcooked caramel covering dark fruits along with burnt nuts and some annoying burnt rubber and new car smell. In mouth the the body feels lighter than expected from a 11% brew and the minimal carbonation doesn’t create much excitement in the mouthfeel department. Taste is rather sweet, oily caramelized malts. port-like vinous/fruity notes, roast, toffee, raisins, almonds, a certain burnt wood sensation. Alcohol is apparent. A bit of a letdown, I was expecting more from this respected french barley wine, low drinkability and without the corpulence of a nice rich sipper. Overall, a rather boring big beer. If you don’t understand that the beer is called XI.I because of its abv it might be because you are in the III out of XX people who don’t understand roman numerals.
mansquito (2877) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brought to me from France: Pours near black with an off-white head. Aroma is molasses, chocolate. Taste is rather sweet. Body is thick and oily. Aftertaste is sugary. Not exactly my style of beer, but it is interesting enough. Comparatively easy to drink. Alcohol is well-covered.
GRM (2687) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass, 4-ounce, from a bottle, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on May 29 2013; eye: mahogany, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: roasted barley, chocolate, slight sugar to which maple sap would have been added; mouth: roasted barley, chocolate, slight sugar to which maple sap would have been added, slight sourness, slight acidity, slight hops, finale in chocolate with light sugary presence, medium body, good carbonation, mildly sweet, slightly bitter, lightly oily texture; overall: fine
Verre, 4 onces, en fût, bue lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 29 mai 2013; œil : acajou, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, chocolat, très léger sucre auquel on aurait ajouté de l’eau d’érable; bouche : orge torréfiée, chocolat, très léger sucre auquel on aurait ajouté de l’eau d’érable, très légère aigreur, très légère acidité, très léger houblon, finale en chocolat avec légère présence sucrée, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, moyennement sucrée, très légèrement amère, légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien
Lowenbrau (1443) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. Caramel and liquorice aromas. Pours dark copper, hazy, with nice off white head, vanishing, poor lacing. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Taste is so sweet, caramel, liquorice, some nuts. Very well balanced and rounded, quite enjoyable and sweet warming aftertaste. Maybe a bit more of body needed.
Deu (512) - Nantes, FRANCE - AUG 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle in Nantes at "le sur mesure". dark brown colour, decent head for a short while. Very malty, some roasted malt, Licorice, hit of soy sauce and chocolate, some either woody or smokey notes but very subtle, sweet but with decent bitterness. Enjoyed it a lot, very nice surprise from Lancelot. Y
tderoeck (3566) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/VII/13 - 33cl bottle @ home - brewed: 1/XI/11, bottle #02416 (2013-604) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!
Clear purple brown beer, small irregular off-white head, unstable, little adhesive. Aroma: caramel, pretty much oxidized, orange peel, some caramel, spicy. MF: soft to no carbon, medium body. Taste: fudge, caramel, sugary, oxidized, orange peel, some chocolate. Aftertaste: caramel, bit spicy, sugary, some orange peel, honey.