StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 24, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transparent and pale copper in color with bubbles rising and dancing on the surface. Aroma speaks of sandpaper, bing cherries, toffee talc and chestnuts nesting in a moderate pool of brandy and honey, cunningly like a light fruited fig. Flavor produces a thick, sweet profile that doesn’t skip a beat. Amaretto and brandy plum crème brulee hum lovingly throughout the palate. A dry, earthen chestnut edge is won over sharply by an equally citric and earthen hop bouquet. Honey, lavender and rose intertwine as the tongue draws numb and the rater goes speechless.
dagimp (649) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2013
1.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Bottle from '12. Damn near impossible to get the cap off. When I finally did, no pop. Zero carb. Nose was overwhelmingly whiskey. Taste was the same with overpowering booze. Ech. Total crap and drain pour.
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valpoaj (593) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged bottle - minor carbonation upon opening, but definitely not flat. Pours an extremely murky brown...thin film for a head. Aroma is malty sweetness, brown sugar, candy-like. Flavor is very candied malt-forward, caramel, brown sugar, burnt sugar. Alcohol well hidden in the palate, this was an easy drinker. I enjoyed this brew...thought it was solid and has done well sitting for a few years!
Cbuk1013 (228) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Disappointed. No carbonation, flat and little aroma. Surprisingly poor barley wine. I guess they knew what they were doing when they named it...
kraddel (1875) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at kulminator
Pours dark, clear red
No real foam
Smells aged - no idea if this is fresh or aged
No real xarbo , nice barlewine , typical sweetness . Nice one
Eructoblaster (2739) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - 375ml. loudy chestnut body with a decent off-white creamy head. Complex, rich malty/hoppy aroma with flowery, fruity, butterscotch, and yeasty hints. Its robust malty/hoppy taste carries woody, fruity, and caramel notes. Alcohol is well hidden. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Awesome!
Cunningham (3650) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Deep hazy brownish color with a small tan head.
Aroma: Malty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Sweet and a moderate bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Dominating fruity, some spices and dark malty. Well hidden alcohol.
Overall impression: Powerful evening sipper. Maybee a little bit to sweet for me.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with SaintMatty
SuperTiti33 (230) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ambrée. Peu de collet. Semble liquoreuse. Nez: pelure de pomme. Fruité. Caramel. Semble un peu acide. Boisé. Alcool. Florale. Pain banane/citron. Malté. Bouche: liquoreuse. Sucré. Orange. Légèrement acide/aqueuse. Bonne amertume qui se développe surtout en finale. Fruité. Beurre. Framboise. Caramel. Légère chaleur d'alcool. Particulière.
Lukaduke (1464) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Haven’t had this in years... decided I should try it again as it was the first beer that I bought by Mikkeller. Pours a rich copper gold color with a finger of tight gaseous foam. Nose is sweet caramel, boozy phenols and a grassy earthy background. The palate follows with a big rich mouthfeel that is brightened by a heavy carbonation. Sweet toffee and caramel notes fall into a boozy midpalate that heats up and then bitters out in the finish.
brewballs (106) - USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extremely well crafted brew! Definitely one I will not soon forget. Sweet aroma. Billowy head. Laces glasses with a soft foam. Hints of fig and a wine sensibility. Smooth wash down. A bit overwhelming at first but you have to settle into it. You either like this or see it as Norwegian garbage. There is no in between. A brew meant for the discreet palate.
Advocate_Ames (314) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Big Worse has a cloudy auburn hue to it with a fine lacing that hugs my glass. The aroma is of sweet malts, hops, and a touch of booze. In the flavor I noticed malts, sweet carmel butter like malts, booze, light yeast, and a bitterness from the hops. Overall the finish is good and fades nicely to leave no longer flavor. I personally would have like to have this bottle fresher due to the hop character.