tiong (2967) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 15, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle @ Ale & Hop, Barcelona
Pours dark brown with a small bubbly brown head. Aroma of sweet ripe fruits, caramely malts, toffee, wood, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Taste starts out quite aggerssively with the bourbon notes, but smooth maltiness, woody notes, vanilla, oak and caramely notes take over quickly. Finish is smooth, warming and malty with some heavy bourbon notes. Very complex and tasty slow sipper. Nice one.
ikveldmed (2) - NORWAY - FEB 24, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Godt og vellagret øl for en kveld foran knitrende peis og med et snødekket landskap utenfor vinduet. Kan anbefales for alle ølelskere som liker mer enn bare pilsner.
jaghana (3442) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33cl from Henrik, many thanks. A dark beer with low copper head. Nose is intense on barley and fig, very sweet like, touch of wood and vanilla. Aroma is a dream on smooth caramel, prune, soy sauce, fig, bitter caramel, light red fruits, some oak finish, not too sweet, lot of licorice, toffee, syrupy, excellent texture. Body is rich and complex, not sharp, bit vinous, nice caramel bouquet. The beer as it should be !
vikage (165) - SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very malty aroma with, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, rye bread and chocolate. Some soy can be noticed as well in the aroma but very subtle.
Greyish brown hazy appearance with thin head.
Very malty taste as well with lots of barrel notes, creamy and a bit woody. Lots of caramel and cream in the taste. The maltiness is nicely rounded of with a just enough bitterness
Full body low carbonation and creamy/oily textures
A really nice barley wine. With lots of malt and barrel character
bytemesis (2434) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This little gem came courtesy of _angst_ - huge thanks for parting with one of these! Pours cloudy mahogany with some sediment in the bottom. Small tan head that dissipates slowly leaving decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is reminiscent of HoTD from the wood beers, a rich mix of dark sugars, dried figs, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Flavor follows; I would swear this was HoTD if it was a blind testing, rich and sweet with great fruitcake, bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses all rolled together nicely. Not much bitterness, just a touch of astringence. Full body, creamy mouthfeel, some ABV burn. Finish is dates and bourbon. Very nicely done!
Piernadejacks (14) - SPAIN - FEB 10, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
El aspecto es negro zahíno. Poca espuma. Aroma BRUTAL. Con los ojos cerrados pensarías que es un Jim Beam. Pasa por los coñases que le mangabas a tu viejo y se refugia en un PX añejo. Vainilla, pasa, ciruela, caramelo...pa qué más.
visionthing (2308) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, bourbon barrels, caramel and malt. Very sweet and slightly boozy, but quite balanced.
circinus (140) - SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 33 cl from systembolaget. Hazy mahogany with a very thin head. Raisins, dates, figs, chocolate, licorice, vanilla. Full body, low carbonation, very smooth and thick, slightly bitter finish. Excellent, and a lot of interesting taste components. Also nice to see that the bourbon barrel aging really put its mark on the flavours.
OleR (4587) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Unclear dark brown. Short-lived beige top. Soft aroma with bourbon, oak and rounded malts well integrated. Hint of alcohol and vanilla. Full. Supersmooth in the mouth. Very flavorfull. Balanced bourbon, oak and gently sweet malts. Just the right amount of bittering hops. Lasting complex aftertaste. Good, indeed.
Temptation (204) - - JAN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, such a beer!! You can smell it from miles away, its aromas to marzipan, raisins, butterscotch and Porto wine. The mouthfeel balance the sweetness to nuts, almonds, brown sugar, etc, etc, with a tiny bitter touch which avoids the overall to be cloying. More than full bodied, great development, a texture between oily and creamy to achieve an overwhelming and perfect barley wine. Colossal.