Cannile (12) - California, USA - APR 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To be honest with you, I hate these "beer rating" websites, I feel they overshadow the real gems that are out there with "top beers" bias when consumers are in front of that beer selection looking to make a purchase, especially in this smart-phone-saturated day and age. But, because I finally opened this on-a-whim purchase that I made well over a year ago, I figured I’d provide a review. Pours a fairly-clear (but not filtered) gold color, low-mild carbonation, mild lacing upon swirling. Smells of booze, tons of caramel, vanilla, spice, and a hint of dark fruit. Light-medium body. Tastes as it smells. There is a little heat after swallowing, but that comes with anything 18.5% abv. Stellar stuff. Take my advice ..... share this bottle with a friend, do not drink this entire bottle by yourself like I have.
77ships (7432) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2016
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft glass @ Kulminator. 2013 Vintage, absolutely astonishing beer & the age probably really helped here because after this one I sampled a 2012 “Big Worse Barley Wine Red Wine Barrel Edition” & it was massively better than my notes of a fresh bottle indicate. Just really massive marzipan, vanilla, oak, agave, maple, malts sweetness, amazingly pure & intense just massive sweet vanilla, oak & marzipan all the way with perfect oxidation, thick & creamy. Added toffee & caramel sweetness in the back. Perfect for lovers of massive sweet barley wines, oddly some bourbon-like notes in the heavy vanilla but I was assured that this was the regular version. Either way, quite spectacular.
Bacterial (2775) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at Darkness Day 2015, somehow forgot to put my entry in. This was a 2011 bottle. My notes: Flat. Oxidized. Garbage.
TorbenJensen (1444) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
The scent is strangely enough most hop influenced, and you sense the flowered aroma hops very clearly. The taste is sweet and fruity. A little malt sweetness, but most sweetness released in the direction of dessert wines. It may have some character of sherry / port, but only with a greater emphasis on dried fruits such as fig and raisin. Gentle warming alcohol character which first comes after several minutes in the form of a slow rising hot starting of the throat. It is not the aggressive and provocative strong brew as you might expect, but instead a very characterful and extremely delicate beer that inspires hour long recess and full enjoyment.
SeniorZozo (1092) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brownish copper, no head. Sweet sherry aromas. Medium to light bodies but viscous, sweet. Brandy, pear, plum. Abvs hide until the end
phaleslu (9249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375 ml bottle from The Wine and Cheese Place. Original 17.6% vintage. Pours a cloudy amber - leaning toward a deeper reddish mahogany - with no head. Notes of booze-soaked cake, caramel, brown sugar, dates, toffee, raisins, and candied nuts. Really rich and boozy. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and a sweet, warming mouthfeel. For a non-barrel-aged beer, they sure got some serious strength out of this one.
jandd1983 (3735) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured an orange color with a white head. The aroma was of alcohol, caramel, oranges and some pepper. The taste was of caramel, pepper and oranges with a lingering fruity finish.
CaptainBoosh (47) - - DEC 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy, honey colored from bottle to white wine glass. Little to no head. Aroma is honey, butterscotch, sour apples. Taste is sweet, honey, nectar, bready. Low alcohol taste, especially for the reported ABV. Smooth almost oily mouthfeel. Very good.
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Sammy (10882) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big alcohol, very caramel. Caramel colour. OK drinkability even though shared, but with food.
slowrunner77 (9609) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"newer batch coming in at 18.5%. i saw a pic of batch one and this ain’t the same colors either. poured the color of a slightly darker malt liquor. smell is sweet, fruity, phenol, with a dose of herbal hops at the end. unlike anything i’ve ever had. no real barleywine characteristics in the look, smell, or taste, but a cool, unique beer. reminds me more of a muscat or ice wine than beer. alcohol becomes apparent as it warms, but it’s nowhere near as hot as Mikkeller Black, their next strongest beer. Worth a shot just for the experience."
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy amber with some sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are candy, sugar, oranges, caramel, and alcohol (but not necessarily as much as you’d expect at this abv) - with a slightly alcoholic finish.