garza (564) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - SEP 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown colour with a beige faint head. Aroma full of caramel, raw sugar, maybe honey and some fruity notes. Complex flavour with wood notes, vanilla, spices and a hint of fresh berries. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Full body, sticky mouthfeel, soft carbonation and a dry bitter finish. Excelent brew, but Iím missing all the IBUís here. I was expecting more bitterness. Still very good and special choice.
daje (1693) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at beer tasting. Dark brown, big beige head. Aroma of pine, citrus and caramel. Taste is sweet with lots of caramel, some wood, and hops. Neither as good or as hoppy as the regular edition I think. The probably high bitterness is camouflaged by the heavy amounts of sweetness.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a beer festival in Melbourne, Aus. Deep amber body with a fine beige head. Powerful aroma that lept from the glass. Seriously bitter....aggressively so. The length of flavour is impressive with many variants along the way. Lovely and challenging all at the same time.
Martinus (2531) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 30, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown colour, reddish hue, beige head. Malty aroma, wood and vanilla, caramel and subdued fruity hop notes. Madeira sweet flavour, malts, dark chocolate, caramel and coffee. Finish chocolate, coffee, light sour notes, caramel, and quite a bitter finish.
The hops bitterness seems to be quite mellowed by the barrel aging, but still a nice beer in itís own right.
(From 37,5cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Wilrijk. Courtesy of beerdrifter -just found out his rb name-. Thanks Jeff!)
tderoeck (3640) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/VIII/2012 75cl bottle @ RBBSG - (2012-909) Thanks to Beerdrifter for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange brown beer, creamy off-white to beige head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: very pungeant fruitiness, sweet sugary, honey, sweet malts, caramel, bit dusty. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet malty and sugary start, quite some alcohol, little sour touch, some cow fodder, chocolate. Aftertaste: little bitter, sweet malts, honey, little smoky touch, dry hops.
77ships (3096) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thx. to Beerdrifter // 375 ml wrapped bottle sampled @ RBBSG 2012 // nice presentation // final 1000 version to try // murky copper amber, surprisingly dark, much darker than expected given the original one, very interesting, not much in the way of the head // nose is filled with a thick layer of malts, caramel, tad molasses, heavy on sweet malts, wood with a layer of pine hops buried underneath but the sweetness buries them. not hoppy // thick malts flavours, caramel, toffee, tad molasses, light bitter, pine resin buried underneath, rounded by wood, touches of bitter hops pupping up in the back, brown sugar with a touch of whiskey in the finish // softer carb. thicker body // surprisingly different from the original, original brew, interesting and yummy stuff
Hussey (60) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2012
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
750 cl bottle bought @ Mikkeller bar in Copenhagen. Bagged and corked. Usual impressive Mikkeller artwork abounds. Pours a dark maroon with no head or carbonation present. The aroma croaks "barleywine" not IPA. The beer is complex, too complex. So many flavors crowding together, fighting for dominance. My wife, who does not drink beer, but always gives it a whiff stated "That smells like booze, not an IPA". The beer was oily and heavy to my palate. High octane raisin notes were very present. I hate raisins but love Mikkeller. This is the first dud that I have experienced from these guys. Not my favorite.
madmitch76 (12241) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
23rd June 2010
Cloudy dark brown beer, tan head. Wet wood nose. Light dry palate, smooth. A brief hot of malt with a little milk chocolate. But that dies away quickly and gives way to dry woody herbs. Itís smooth and rich but where are the hops? Where is the bitterness? I donít understand this beer!
Acid303 (387) - Barcelona, CATALONIA, - MAY 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2012 Wow, this is definitely different from everything Iíve tried before. Appearence itís not incredibly impressive, just a clear dark brown colour with a small persistent white head.. I wouldnít say this is close to an Imperial IPA, itís most likely a mix of barley wine, Quadruppel and a hint of Imperial Stout...very complex. All the IBUs are masked behind a huge amount of roasted malts, so most people would expect a lot of bitterness, which is absent. What taste really is, itís the following: malt (a lot), wood, and whisky. Hoppy notes are present as well, but nothing relevant. One must drink this forgetting about previous ideas, and will probably enjoy it a lot.
Dixonian (1517) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye.
Dark brown brew with lots of off-white head. Tons of wood and bourbon in the nose - some smoke and anise as well. Taste is pine and resin hops, brown sugar, and some smoke.