Ungstrup (34715) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of soy sauce, caramel, alcohol, and cherry. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel, alcochol, cherries, and sweet soy sauce. Great.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Dark brown with a reddish glow and a creamy, off-white head. Sweetish aroma with lots of dried fruits. Very full-bodied, lots of roasted malt, lots of dried fruit and some vinous, port-like accents. Extremely - almost cloyingly - sweet, making this hard to drink. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very, very dark brown pour, almost black, with a khaki head. Rich bourbon and vanilla notes, lots of dark fruits, a hint of leather, and plenty of wood. Some sweet caramel, a mild to moderate oxidation, and a fair amount of chocolate. Sweet brown sugar and caramel notes which go nicely with the fruit, bourbon, and vanilla. Mild chocolate, some oxidation, molasses, and a hint of alcohol.
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Bottle. Pours dark brown tan head. Nose and taste of bourbon, molasses, caramel, oak, tobacco and port - medium body. Smooth.
argo0 (13320) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle, RBSG05) Black body topped by a tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, some smoke, chocolate, light coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, caramel, cherry. Full body with light syrup. Good but a bit too sweet.
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample from a bottle at Loganís pre-GABF party 2009. Pours black with an average, frothy, light brown head, somewhat diminishing with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, toffee, nutty), light hop (herbs), average yeast (leather) with notes of raisin, date, port, and brown sugar. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and an astringent finish. Long duration, heavy sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering @tpd975s Thanks Greg-22oz bottle-pours a disappearing tan head with dark brown color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit. Taste is medium/dark malt-molasses, dark fruit, some hops. Minimal carbonation. Smooth.
hopdog (11681) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Here it is, ratebeer rating # 3,000 (finally, I am someone!!!). 22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark mahogany color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, light roast, smoke, brown sugar, bourbon (not overpowering) and wood. The woodiness came out more and more in the aroma as the beer aired out. Aromas were very complex and I kept getting more as I smelled each time. Tastes of dark fruits (raisins and plums), caramel, earthy / peaty, woody, candi & brown sugar, and vanilla. Very sweet, not cloying, but any sweeter and it would be. Alcohol completely hidden. Creamy body. The barrel aging was done very well; it complimented both the aromas and tastes nicely.
crossovert (11424) - Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 Can finally say that it isnít as oxidized as expected. A bottle that jus recently came out of alaska so maybe the lower ambient temps helped it out. It is a great barleywine, caramel, bourbon, sweet but well-aged.
kermis (11268) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle shared at A Day To Sink All Sea Shepards tasting. Fairly clear dark reddish brown with a ring tan head. Aroma of big caramel, toffee, floral notes coming out, rich malt, fruity notes developing, butterscotch, vinous notes and raisins. Flavour is heavy sweet. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Beautiful stuff, so complex building and developing with each sip. Superb and lives up to the hype.