lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.7 oz bottle from Capone’s. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Aroma and flavor are both very fruity and sweet... lots of vanilla and caramel malt. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable in the finish.
DwarfeD (2293) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle at our holiday home in Travemünde. Hazy reddish brown with a medium white soapy head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced bitter and sweet tones. Caramel, malts, pine, tropical fruits, raisin and spices. Very good stuff!
hrabren (568) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Marko and Ogi. Pours light brown, not really lasting head. Nuts, hazelnut, jaffa cake. Taste: wine acidity, candy, licorice. Full body, hidden alcohol. So-so.
MelvinKalksma (637) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, bread, dark fruit, hops, citrus and grapefruit.
Turbid/opaque orange/brown beer with a slight/medium off-white/beige head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and dark fruit; ends slightly bitter and dry with bread, hops, citrus and grapefruit.
alvaro78 (137) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAR 15, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Buen aroma maltoso pleno
Color miel y buena carbónatacion
Sabor maltoso con final seco. Se nota el alcohol
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
superspak (4233) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
375 ml bottle into snifter, best before 12/17/2019. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red/brownish color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Awesome appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, raisin, plum, pine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, raisin, plum, pine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, mango, raisin, plum, pine, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic American barleywine! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Definitely English yeast and malt flavors going on, but it still stays true to the American style on the aggressive citrus/pine hop character. A highly enjoyable offering.
avantdagare (186) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 vintage. Very little beige head that disappears fast, brown-red body. Nose: Caramel, raisins and figs. Aroma: Caramel, dates, figs, madeira, port-wine. Semi-long ending with some bitterness.
markoijelena (1947) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 2, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 0.75l at Johnny Off License Roma Italy. 03.12.2015.Thank you Alberto for amazing journey and thank you guys for sharing this Vintage 2012 bottle.Taste with Mortlach, ippopotamo36, John, Trevor and cika Boban.Pour it dark ruby color with small head.Aroma plum jam.Taste of molasis, dark fruits, spices, so complexed, candied fruits on the end.
Maarten1993 (793) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank with Kaspar at my place 23-12-2015 (when we tought of ’Let’s talk’). Very sweet, rich, beer. Alcohol taste is present. Enjoyable though slightly unbalanced beer.
GregClow (3068) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Not sure of the age, but I think it might be from the 2007 edition. Corked and caged with silver foil, if that’s a clue? Anyway, it pours a deep purple-brown colour with absolutely no carbonation and some small floaties - poured it carefully, and left behind a lot of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma of dark dried fruit - figs, dates, prunes - and oxidized port. Flavour follows with the same notes, along with some coffee and dark cocoa in the finish, and lingering sweet raisin. No hops to speak of, and surprisingly smooth given the abv. Very enjoyable!
thomashall (600) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 bottle shared by Folty at Darkness day, thanks. Strong boozy sweet aroma. Taste follows, a little wood. Missing some carbonation. Still really good stuff.