zimbo (415) - SCOTLAND - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Juicy sweet orangy marmalade nose and taste supported by a massive bitter wall reminiscent of Stone Double Bastard. Some fizz. Dull orange haze. Light line of white head. Potent. A bit one dimensional but more of a howitzer than just a cannonball.
daje (1693) - NORWAY - JUL 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Haand Festival 2013. Cloudy golden body, small white head. Aroma is piney with apricot and mango, caramel, grass. Sweet malty taste with fruits, mango, pineapple, light yeast notes, touch of alcohol. Bitterness overshadowed by lots of sweet stuff. Thick body, caramel and fruity finish.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Citrusy hops develop some resins within this oily, honeyed Blond Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam floats atop the cloudy dark beige.
-Alcohol is not too prominent for 12%.
-There might be some sulphury edges here and there...
-The tiny, prickly bubbles aren’t able to enliven the heavy, sugary body.
-This is not accomplished enough for the price tag they are charging. I’m glad a generous RBian shared this with me!
johndoughty (3549) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Golden with a small head.Massive hoppiness with citrus in background. Powerful and yet easy to drink. Not one to mess with.
A real winner.
RichardW (1306) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
660ml bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. Big big mango, lychee, peaches and cream aroma. Such a surprisingly smooth palate, with hay, caramel and hints of cough mixture at the sides, which brings me round to aniseed, then fresh spruce. Heat comes late in the swallow and lingers in the chest. Big hype surrounding the launch of this and I wasn’t going to go out of my way but I just fell into this and I’m glad I did. £12.99 is high end but it is a mighty fine beer
Dommod2011 (697) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Share with Bish. Stunning beer, perfectly balanced, full of tropical loveliness, beautiful hoppy goodness. What’s next Magic Rock? Inhumane? Undead? Cheers soul brother.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Loved it. Gorgeous balance, some juicy hops from tropics with a smoothly gentle caramel balance. Warm, hidden abv. Share with Dom, beers are always better shared. Especially with him.
Meilby (5573) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Haand Ølfestival 2013
Pours cloudy deeo golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, grass, citrus and grape. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter with a long grassy and fruity finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
cgarvieuk (12270) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... thinking of you simon ... golden amber ... thin white head ... soft sweet fruity orange oily passion fruit ... really zezty nose ... soft cheesy hop fruits ... juicy frutis ... big hop ... light oily ... light alcohol hum ...
Beer4000 (4115) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled @ Haand 2013. Unclear golden body with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma has citric and tropical fruit, lemon zest and pine. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, all kinds of hoppy fruits, pine and quite biter without being extreme. Fine body and good, sweet and bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.