RichTheVillan (2419) - 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.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A big beer. Plenty of nice lacing in the glass of this brown colored beer. I am getting notes of vanilla and coconut. Expected some tannins and I am getting rum. Nothing else really comes through. Very smooth though. Not bad but I am glad that I got a sample and not a full glass.
Holmen1 (2272) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fra fat på Cardinaltreff feb-13, kveldens siste av totalt 16: uklar og mørekbrun med beige skum. Det er tydelig allerede i aromaen at rødvinsfatene har gjort sitt, den er preget av både rødvin og eikefat. Men heldigvis er humlen fremdeles til stede, og vitamininnholdet setter seg der det skal.
dcschiller (2203) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml bottle. Pours a deep garnet color with a fluffy khaki head. Aroma is hops, caramel, alcohol, and wood. Taste is sweet with some vinous and light bandaid notes. For 12%, this drinks pretty well. It does have the hop/malt profile I’ve come to expect from Mikeller. Pretty good.
Marheb (1943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sirupeux avec un caractère vineux assez discret, même les tanins se fondent harmonieusement, peut-être trop, j’aurais aimé vivre le vin à travers la bière. Les sucres sont modérés entre cassonade, purée de dattes et caramel. Agréable dégustation.
teorn88 (1915) - London, 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.
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - OCT 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Dark amber red, big tanned head. Smells of oak, red wine, malts, some caramel. Taste is medium sweet, alot of oak, some sour wine acids, some caramel and candice sugar. Medium bitter finish, quite resiny. The base beer is one of Mikkeller’s better creations; i have to say that red wine barrelling has decreased the total beer experience for me. Still an ok beer; but also a reminder to all that barrel aging is not always the best idea
Ktwse (1835) - SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murky brown with tall yellow tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, light madeira or port barrel. Taste is big, boozy sweet with light resin bitter kick before a long sweet finish. Very warming. Body is rich and creamy smooth with soft carbonation.
ryanfolty (1829) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
January 19, 2013 - bottle shared by BVery. Brown pour with some head and spotty lacing. Aroma was caramel, dark fruit and some spice. Taste was consistent with a red wine finish. Nice and smooth with a medium to full body.
wedgie9 (1824) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 4/19/11 from a 375mL bottle purchased at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy red-amber with a thick off-white head that slowly recedes to thin even lace with a bunch of residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is tons of brown sugar and bread malt with vanilla and cinnamon oak. The flavor is sweet with molasses and brown sugar up front, moving to spicy cinnamon, vanilla, a burnt bitterness. The body is full with light carbonation and a long burnt bitter, vanilla, and tannic finish.