brokensail (11551) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ 10K + OT. Thanks to Erik for getting me this bottle. Black pour with no head and impressive viscosity. Quite sweet. Candied nuts, vanilla, dates, and raisins. A bit of ash and lots of graham cracker. Almost whiskey-like. Taste is big on the dark fruit sweetness. Tons of date, raisin, and plum. Maple syrup, a bit of soy sauce, vanilla, and graham cracker. Some roasted malt, a hint of bitterness and alcohol. Not usually my thing, but I quite enjoyed this.
cgarvieuk (15169) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg at the Mikkeller and fiends bar... Deep black... Thin tan head... Dark meaty malts... Dark roast... Sweet chocolate... Soft rich malts chewy roast... Heavy sweet malts... Light dry bitter finnish
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
> An excessively sweet ASA/barleywine
[ Bottle ][ brokensail ][ 375ml ][ 10K+OT Tasting ][ Stemless Wine Taster ][ 5/3/14 ]
>> Thank you Andrew for the share! Clear sepia brown, no foam. Nose is brown alcohol, ginger, soy, Marmite, smoke, dark cherry. Taste is brown sugar, paper, tootsie roll, long soy and bitter toffee and ginger peel flavor. Huge brown sugar with peanut brittle. Uhh. Not RIS, more like barleywine or ASA.
>!< sweet, not RIS, soy, marmite
laiti (5959) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Mikkeller & Friends. Vintage 2014, 14.9%. Aroma has truffles, dark chocolate, some deep roastiness and coffee. Flavour has lots of salty licorice, some herbal tones and coffee. So salty and herbal that I almost can taste nothing else. Hides the ABV very well, unbelievable that this has almost 15%.
martin00sr (880) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Mikkeller&Friends. Black pour, small tan film. Aroma is dark, coffee and black currant. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Very sugary, more black currant with sharp, bitter zing. Heavy, tough, but fascinating.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled acquired from the Mikkeller Bottle Shop. Thick, syrupy squid ink pour with a small mocha head that diminished to a ring quickly. Massive molasses, maple, vanilla bean, brown sugar, rum-soaked raisins, plums, candied yams, marshmallow, and licorice. Cloyingly sweet. Sticks to the roof of your mouth like peanut butter. Stays with you well after you clear the debris. Not sure why this one is highly prized.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at Dunt’s Tasting (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep blackish hue, dark and ominous with nice gentle brownish glow on the edges. Frothy brown head dies down quickly, laces small. Aromas are cocoa, fudge, firm dry and toast elements, some firm hops, dry and bitter with gentle nibs, roasty malts and caramel. Initial is firm and thicker bodied, rich cocoia and caramel, touches of nib, firm roast and dryness. Middle is fudgey, some firm dryness and roast, big nib character. A rich dryness and roast. Some nice flavors show some rich nib and dryness, roast and cocoa. Finish is really damn good, roasty and nib driven, coffee. Elements are rich and potent, but still work well together. Fantastic stuff. Rich, big, flavorful and still quite approachable. Not just a sweet sticky messy, integrating a range of flavors, assertive power and good play between that rich cocoa nib, espresso and roasty elements. Really nice stuff.
Pinball (10926) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, 2013 version. very, very dark, very smooth brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, sugar, dried dark fruits,licorice. quite complex aroma. Flavor is very sweet, roasted malts, licorice, chocolate, warming feeling due to the high alc. , quite smooth, slighlty weird bitterness, the high alc. seems to play in here in a not-so-elegant way. aftertaste s alc and roasted malts.
maneliquor (3263) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Thanks to basically all of us for chipping in but mainly cheers to Paul for being on the look out and ordering this monster. A very murky, dark brown pour with no head. Nose is huge and sweet raisins, heavy sultana/prune, a big oaky vanilla presence, liquorice, spice and milk chocolate. Quite sweet and juicy (dark fruits). Big spice reminding me of bourbon barreled RIS’s, stewed prunes and raisins - very juicy, brown sugar, vanilla, quite woody and ashy and a nice dose of currants. Drinks very well for the ABV but is a touch thin and sweet. Has a pleasing kick of booze on the finish. Probably too sweet but drinks decently. Kind of reminds me halfway between a big ass stout and a barley wine. A lot of dark fruit focus. I wouldn’t be putting this in the top 50 beers on ratebeer but it should age quite gracefully. Solid stuff
Theydon_Bois (9930) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, thanks to Ken, Josh, Paul and myself but most of all Paul cos it was his day and he ordered it - 15/02/14.
Light black with moderate tan edgeing.
Nose is dark dark chocolate, light booze, chocolate biscuits, molasses, chocolate maltesers, earthy hop backnotes, burnt sugars.
Taste comprises dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, burnt toffee, light smoke, brown sugars, dark toffee fudge, lick’o’booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet closure but not OTT, lightly warming close.
Solid big ABV impy, alcohol pretty well integrated for the ABV, but not top 50 for me.