Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into champagne flutes. Brown color with a lively head. The flutes focused the aroma up and out of the glass in an explosion of vanilla, oak and whiskey. Taste is of molasses, malt, bourbon and vanilla. I catch a taste of other dark fruits. Excellenty Barleywine.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 On tap, poured by Tomme. Aroma is amazingly good with lots of oxidized sherry qualities, vanilla and chocolate. Canít stop smelling it. Taste is very oxidized compared to the bottle of Brandy Barrel I had a couple of months ago. Still very good and rich with plenty of dark fruits and spices. Syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation rounds out this amazingly complex beer.
madsberg (11285) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled at Papsoes Blind tasting 19th. June 2008 no 15:Very dark reddish brown coloured. Light brown head. Prunes, spice, vanilla in the aroma Quite dusty and notes of barrel. Very balanced aroma. Flavour of brown sugar, alcohol, fruits, prunes, raisins, light liqourice. Medium to full bodied. LIght bitter end with a nice sweet touch. Alcohol burns slightly on lips and palate. complex and balanced brew.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of WeeHeavySD/toncatcher. Hazy dark orangey brown with a bubbly and lively off-white head leaving laces. Distinct aroma of sweet bourbon and vanilla. Medium body with overripe fruit, roasted malt, caramel and again sweet bourbon and vanilla. The alcohol only really shows in the finish. 190608
joergen (25647) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Botte #15 at Papsoes blindtasting.
Dark brown coloured with a medium sized lacing beige head.
Sweet aroma of wood, vanilla, dried fruits and bourbon whisky with roasted notes and notes of chocolate.
Sweet and roasted flavour of wood, vanilla and dried fruits with notes of chocolate and liquorice.
Roasted and warming alcoholic finish.
yespr (39962) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2013 Bottle. Papsoes MadsBerg homecoming blindtasting, bottle #15. Pours hazy dark brown with a lacing tan head. Solid barrel and roasted malt aroma, quite dark and almost black. Flavour is solid bourbon barrel-ish, roasted malt and dark fruits. Mild vanilla note too. Holds quite some sweetness. Light orange fruity and citric note too. Dense chocolate smooth malt. Light fruity touch towards the finish. Ends smooth, roasted and with a mild and slowly declining barrel vanilla finish.
Cask at GBBF 2013, 13.6% version. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is thick malty, chocolate and bourbon smooth. Thick caramelish malty and sweet. Toffee and light alcohol presence. Bitter and dark roasted malty finish.
Grovlam (4205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. [After party @ Papsoe, thanks buddy] Dark mahogany like color. Aroma was very complex with notes of dried fruit, mild bread, wood and vanilla like, very vinous, mild underlying hoppy feel as well. Over the palate came an explosion of notes with raisins, prunes, toffee, and almost sweet chocolate like. Full bodied with an average carbonation and thick mild alcoholic texture. Heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness and a hint of acidic as well. Lingering complex dried fruity and bread like finish. Oh man this one was extremely well brewed. 8 / 3 / 9 / 5 / 17
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at the Real Ale Festival VIP session. Pours a murky brown with a light head, nice lacing. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt and wood. Very smooth and drinkable. All around, it was a pretty good beer but it really didnít live up to all the hype. Everybody that I talked to at the tasting agreed so I will be looking to try it from the bottle and get a second opinion.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely loud pop that echoed in the large warehouse Iím drinking this in. The beer is EXTREMELY carbonated. Violent carbonation is visible in the murky dark brown/black body. A GIGANTIC 6 finger foamy tan head sits on top. Very nice lacing. Fortunately it didnít gush because I had it pretty cold. The aroma is strongly molasses and brown sugar meets bourbon and oak. Smells like an old ale. Some strawberry hops. Chocolate and dried wood. Caramelized malts. The flavor is rich milk chocolate that morphs into a deeply caramelized molasses and dark fruits like dates and raisins. Bourbon is strong but doesnít impart alcohol. Surprisingly smooth for 12.5% ABV. Rich full body that isnít sticky but has a nice lingering quality. I like this beer a lot!
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 14, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 Thanks again to Agentsteve. Careful this one pops and tries to spill out. Deep dark brown, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, malty, sweet, creamy, dark fruits.