yalnikim (800) - Wellington, - FEB 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
19/02/2010. 375ml corked bottle from Hashigo Zake. Deep amber, pretty clear with big yeastie floaties... nice caramel and candi sugar aroma with mild notes of dried fruit and a hint of floral hop. Carbonation is low, just how I like it. Unfortunately it falls away in the mouth where a sacchrine-like sweetness dominates and a overly warm alcohol note lingers in behind. Bitterness is a shade (or three) light to balance the sweetness and there is little left in the finish to add any redeeming features. This is "worse"... worse than I had hoped for after a very good experience with the same breweries "Fra Til". Still, in making the amazingly diverse range of experimental beers that these guys make, you’re always going to get a few wrong (and certainly I can’t say I’ve ever had anything technically wrong from Mikkeller).
ogivlado (5802) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 375ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Clear amber coloured, medium sized beige head, dry malty caramel nose. Sweet malty, fruity, strong hoppy and reasonable alcohol presence with light nutty and dried fruits in the finish. Slight caramel and alcohol also in the finish. Despite high ABV easy drinkable brew.
Jorn69 (1026) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Taphouse, Copenhagen 141024. Malty and caramely with a lot of sweetness, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and sweet with alcoholic notes. Too sweet.
Marko (3966) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the "expensive beer tasting" with heavy, hrabren and ogivlado. Poured a dark, lovely clear amber body with a big off white head, creamy, that went away slowly. Jaffa cakes-style orange in the aroma, lovely maltiness, weak nutty note, sweet, random notes of figs, light alcohol. Sweet malty taste, ending up somewhere between perfumey oranges and roses, though more the latter. very, very good, pleasant malty profily, slightly candyiish.... Oof, definitely a pleasant BW, good one Mikkeller!
Trappist1 (527) - Diest, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
brown copper red beer with a good looking beige head. Great hoppy nose, grain, malt. Taste: malts, hops, psices, alcohol, raisins, fruity (hoppy) touches. Sweet finish, lasting. bit caramel stickiness and some small hop bitterness in the back. Definitely alcohol warming. This feels like the result of a strong hoppy beer with a candy sweet tripel. Complex brew. Real nice beer, but the high alcoholic body in combination with the sweet MF and the bleow sufrace hop bitterness, makes it euhm,.. new. Bit, a bit too sweet for me in the finish, still, can appreciate it a lot.
Torrefacto (576) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bonito color caoba y densa espuma marfil. Aromas de caramelo, naranja, jerez. Cuerpo denso, textura maltosa, inicio dulce de caramelo y toffe, naranja y final de amargor equilibrado y seco. Muy rica.
slowrunner77 (5985) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"thick and sweet is spot on for this one. also a touch on the dark side. little-no carbonation. slick full bodied, warming alcohol. a great after dinner sipper, but by the end the sweet was just starting to become too much. very good beer, if you want a beer bordering on liquor. i was in the mood for this tonight, but still prefer more balanced BWs."
gopherfan99 (509) - CROATIA - SEP 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (from The Bottle Shop in Bratislava); pours amber white small off white head; sweet caramel aroma with malt, fruit, and hops; taste is sweet caramel, sugar, and yeast; has a dry bitter finish; good one
GlasgowTAD (75) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - SEP 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in colour. Eggshell head which does not last long. Aroma of tropical fruits; mango and pineapple. Taste of sweet mango and sugarish pineapple (not the sour kind)
Yorker (1262) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home (2012 vintage). Pours reddish amber with some sediment and a white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, dried fruit, sugar, and hops - with an ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
Alengrin (2180) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stronger version of Big Bad Barley Wine with off-white, loose and quickly dissolving head and murky bronze colour. Aroma less strong than you would expect from a big barley wine, impressions of overripe fruit, tomato, tobacco, caramel, raisins, cocoa powder. Relatively complex taste, beginning with overripe fruit sweetness, pear, peach, smooth, then honeyish and caramelly malt sweetness, full, bit nutty, bit smoky, peppery, warm liqueurish finish, but not astringent. I had better barley wines, but this was still a great example.