magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - DEC 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange. smells of sweet citrus, plum and phenols. Tastes of sweet candy, berries, oranges and finishes with loads of phenols. Body is full. Texture is syrupy. Carbonation is soft.
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010-06-19, bottle, 8-4-7-4-15=38
Hazy amber color. I’m quite amazed to find a fruity aroma; it’s then followed by evident alcohol, and this is less surprising. The body has a medium strength, and there is a first impression of (Tuscan) mixed beans soup, a bit malty, caramel, sweet, some bubblegum. Correct bitterness, with some alcohol but not as much as the draught one.
2010-02-19, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 8-5-8-3-15=39
Hazy red amber color; medium creamy head. The aroma is very fruity (apricot jam over all) sweet, and already some alcohol shows; it’s possibly flowery too, orchids. Good body structure, solid but not sticky; sweet caramel flavor, unfortunately immediately there is a burning alcohol coming up; strong bitterness, not as much as the sweetness and alcohol though; it seems that in the final too there is still some sweet fruit jam.
Very far away from an expectation of Barley Wine, at times it tastes like a mix of Very Strong European Lager and fruity Ale; extreme, drinkable, difficult, with too much alcohol to be fully appreciated.
2010-01-11, draught at Plan B, Copenhagen, 9-5-8-3-16=41
Hazy amber color, small head, nice lace. The aroma is delicate but very fruity, more than many other beers, lightly sweaty.
Good body but too high alcohol content, burning. Good malt and caramel flavor, fruity, sweet, very alcoholic. Strong bitterneess. Too burning. Stong bitterness, but overwhelmed by anything else in here.
bhensonb (12460) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits (via joshuahfl). Pours hazy gold with a few bubbles. Aroma is deeply warming alcohol with something like persimmon notes. Full bodied. There’s a lot of caramel, moderate heat. Otherwise flavor is candied fruit. Would be interesting to see how this aged, but sadly this is my only bottle!
marcus (7558) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky reddish copper with a acidic and fruity aroma. It looks like an unfiltered apple juice. There is also a very sweet fruity flavor with some vanilla and a hot alcohol trail. This should be cellared for a while before drinking.
KingCecil (2066) - DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle first batch, Plovmand... thx..moi venno..... pours murky amber with small off white head... the aroma is sweet berries, barley, alcohol... the flavor is very sweet, barley, berries, alcoholic chocolate.... you know this small chocolate liqør bottles ;)......nice barley ! :)
Plovmand (6992) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. First batch. Pours murky amber with a small off white head. The aroma is loads of sweet berries, sweet malt, fruity hops, sweet toasted caramel and diesel fuel. The flavour is sweet malt, sweet berries, sweet hops, more sweetness and alcohol. A very extreme beer. A true sipper.
TimE (4120) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like the other worse/worsts malty and too sweet. Not socomplex. Hardly inspiring. Ok.
larsniclas (6129) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at CBF11 or maybe Mikkeller bar
Deep golden. Small creamy head.Sweet, light, sourish aroma.
Very sweet flavour; sugar and honey. Alcoholic.
Mora2000 (5968) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Sampled alongside the Bourbon edition.
This beer was dramatically different as it warmed. I am including the warmer review first, which is what I am rating. The other review will follow.
The beer pours a very clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the vanilla and almonds with some apricot and orange notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of orange and apricots. There are also some flora hops and some alcohol in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Now, for the review when the beer was cold.
The aroma is full of nail polish remover and some strong sake notes. The flavor is that of a sake, with some almond and strong alcohol notes. There is also a little bit of toffee mixed in.
The moral of this story is let this beer warm to near room temperature before you drink it.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with friend for a Mikkeller tasting. Corked and caged. Had very similar qualities to the Big Worse but this one had much better carbonation. Nice malty aroma with subtle hints of honey and hops. ABV is pretty darn high but doesn’t overpower in any way. Surprisingly easy to drink.