Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured ruddy brown with a dense, creamy beige head and a decent amount of sediment floating around in there. The aroma picked up redder vinous notes over warm molasses, caramel, and spicy black pepper.. hits of leather and tobacco also came through.. a touch cloying at times, but otherwise very tasty and it held its alcohol in check. Heavy-bodied and syrupy on the palate.. a bit tart and harsh at times.. overall a tasty beer that smelled great and flowed OK.
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
375 ml. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2014. Courtesy of & thx! to DomienS. Amber coper with little head. Smells of iron, sweet barrel, touch wine, lots of brown sugar, herbal, feels faded. Taste is bitter wine leaves, iron, sweetish, simple, leaves, bitter malts, cereal, some bitter hops in the back, plenty of brown sugar. Touch less carb. Not too impressive, wasn’t to big of a fan of the regular one & this one is even a dash lesser. It is okay but it is too simple & underwhelming which is not something that a beer at this price point should be. Mikkeller has many other beers which deliver the good in a far more satisfying way than this one.
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness, grains, caramel, some mint and yeast. Flavor is sweet and malty with some sweet red berries, wood, grapes and caramel. Full body, soft carbonation.Nice barley wine.
caesar (6430) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ ZZT VII, thx to everyone for sharing their bottles. Lovely complex nose of caramel malt, raisin, red fruit. Frutiy in taste as well. Wonderful stuff.
Sigmund (6382) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Hazy dark brown colour, moderate off-white head. Distinct aroma of oak / red wine barrel, a hint of fusel alcohols. Also notes of dark dried fruits. The flavour is very oaky, the red wine barrel does indeed dominate. Decent hops in the finish. Warming mouthfeel. Very tasty and interesting!
tiong (6189) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark reddish brown with a smooth white head. Aroma of caramely malts, vinous notes, wood, oak and berries. Taste is sweet, malty and vinous with notes of berries, wood and oak. Finish is stingy, sweetish, vinous and woody with notes of tart berries, caramel and oak. A bit unbalanced and stingy.
RichTheVillan (6160) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at @IndyManBeerCon pours dark brown with ruby small white head. Big beer high ABV complex, malt and dried fruit taste has a decent red wine taste.
Mora2000 (6138) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is full of red wine and oak notes, as well as some toffee and brown sugar. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of molasses and fruity red wine notes, as well as some oak, maple, vanilla and the alcohol you would expect in a beer that clocks in at 12 percent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice barleywine.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
In short: A clash of stuff. A beer that shouldn’t be.
How: Bottle, Post-EBF hotel tasting
The look: Cloudy copper body topped by a medium beige head
In long: Strange nose of dank basement, booze and fruits. Taste just didn’t work for me. Clash of toasted caramelized malts, astringency, wood barrels, sweaty used jack-strap, too much booze, some cardboard, vinous notes, some tannins. I hope there was something wrong with this bottle. This is again barrel aging done without discernment, not any beer can be aged in any barrel. There was many disappointments at EBF this year, but most disappointing of all was me. Again.
teorn88 (5878) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at CBC, London. It pours a mostly clear dark ruby/brown colour with a small beige head. Lasting foam. Aroma of sweet caramel, plums, figs, raisins and porto wine. Taste is similar: server with toffee, red fruits, bread and red wine. Body is medium with good carbonation. Overall, pretty outstanding barley wine.