Sledutah (6246) - Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up from City Beer in SF
Appearance: Pours hazy dark amber with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Grassy hops and sweet malts
Taste: Caramel, sweet malts and brown sugar
Very nice, and drinkable. It goes down smooth, doesn’t taste like 17.6% ABV
douglas88 (7582) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Craig, thanks man. I was totally expecting something different. Pours a deep brown color with a medium white head. A very sweet hoppy nose, like hop extract. A super sweet flavor of hops and sugary sweet hop-like flavors. A very sweet hoppy barley wine. It was surprising in that it was quite drinkable, hot and sweet but still drinkable.
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at KØ10. Mild caramelly aroma. Cloudy amber colour. Small white head. Burning alcohol. Too sweet.
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2010
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draught at Copenhagen Beer Festival. Hazy amber, no head.Very sweet. Sugar and pineapple-like hops. Fruity and syrupy with massive alcohol burn and inky bitterness. Too sweet, too strong, too bitter. A good recipe that hasn’t survived the upramping to these extreme levels.
Bov (10913) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 24, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
courtesy of fiulijn - quite clear amber colour and with a moderate head retention; aroma of marzipan and chewy malts with notes of alcohol and solvant; full-bodied and very sweet; a huge alcohol kick, residual sugars and almondy hoppy finish, slightly fruity
nickd717 (3780) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Overpriced 375ml bottle shared by someone at a tasting. Glad I got to tick this beer without shelling out mucho dinero for it. Not worth the price at all.
Hazy orangish-amber in color with a well-formed off-white/yellowish head. Leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is sweet and boozy. Lots of caramel and some dried fruit notes, along with slightly faded citrusy hops.
Sweet caramel malt is the dominant flavor note. There is also some toffee, citrus (orange/grapefruit/pineapple), brown sugar, and earth. A little unbalanced and boozy, but fairly tasty.
Fairly full-bodied and syrupy with an appropriate carbonation level. A little boozy, as you’d expect for a beer of this strength.
A decent beer, but just not very good for the barleywine style at all. I looked up "hit-or-miss" in the thesaurus yesterday and it said "Mikkeller." These guys can be really great or really average, depending on the beer. This is a prime example of why bigger isn’t always better.
MrChopin (3810) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste thanks to Chris!
Light orange-tan with a wispy white ring for a head. Strong, funky ipa nose, what I typically associate with Kent Goldings hops, some heavily acidic grapefruit with must and light alcohol. Earthy flavor, more strong hop in citrus, also some off sweetness in marshmallow and caramel. Decently carbonated and more bitter than anything else. The earthy bitterness and sweetness are conflicting here, the creamy, sugary notes in the flavor particularly out of place
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tampa Wkly Gathering @Datz Thanks Zack-11.2oz bottle-pours a foamy off white head and amber color. Aroma is herbal/pine hops, medium malt. Taste is herbal/pine hops, sweet medium malt, some medium fruit.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375ml Bottle: Aroma of fruit, grapefruit, hops, tangerine, slight malt, slight green apple, and peach. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, tan head that disappeared except for around the edges. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is heavily sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, malt, dark ripe fruit, resin, slight caramel, slight fruit, light sugar, slight wood, and a hint of alcohol. Medium to full body. Viscous, the lightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Heavily sweet, light to medium bitter, malt, resin, hops, dark ripe fruit, caramel, slight sugar, and hit of wood finish is lightly dry. 17.6%ABV is very well hidden, even if it is a bit noticeable in the flavor.
cpetrone84 (1776) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A-pours an orangish amber color, quite clear, with an off white head with a good lace.
S-the nose has huge hops, cheese up front, notes of funk, a caramel malt lies up front but citrus and grapefruit take over big time and don’t quite.
T-again huge hops, cloying sweetness up front, tons of cheese, notes of sulfer, hints of caramel, tons of citrus, grapefruit, tangerine. tons of hops in this with a light bitterness.
M-a little grainy on the palate with a medium body and lots of carbonation and a crisp finish. a little syrupy but soft on the tongue.
D-this is different, the flavors are off and don’t work well together. the hops and cheese just don’t seem to be a nice mix. not very enjoyable but the huge hop finish is interesting.