ClubGonzo (4817) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a murky deep brown body with a large, creamy off-white head. Nose is large boozy notes, wood, mild bourbon, brown sugar, caramel, resin and hints of toffee, figs, licorice and herbs. Taste is loads of alcohol, caramel, burnt sugar, resin, toffee and hints of wood, bourbon and pine. Full body, medium carbonation. Holy bananas, what a booze bomb! The complexity in the back really serves little to hide the onslaught of alcohol which is seemingly permeating every molecule of this crazy stuff. Maybe I’ll buy a bottle and try to mellow it out by cellaring for about 150 years, but then again: maybe not - it really isn’t that good. (Oh, if any admins are reading this: it’s pretty obvious that this is way more an American Strong Ale than anything else...)
yngwie (15605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at Kristiansand Ølfestival. It pours a dark unclear brown body under a dense, finger-thick head. The alcohol is sure present, which isn’t surprising at 17.2%, but there’s also lots of room for toffee and chocolate. Some coffee and prunes chiming in. Warming, full-bodied and soft on the palate, with malty sweetness, toffee, coffee and some dark chocolate. Prune hints towards the warming, sweet finish. Too sweet and warming this one, but sure decent. 140823
Meilby (9838) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 375ml @ Kristiansand Ølfestival 2014
Pours hazy brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, oak, vanilla, chocolate, dried fruits and alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long oak, vanilla, caramel and dried fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
nudiebear (281) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottom of bottle poured at beer festival. Poured a murky, yeasty and unclear grey mud. Curtains on the entire glass. Smells strongly of alcohol with woodsy notes. Tasted mostly alcohol and a slight burning on the tongue, but improved with each sip to have a good sweetness and berry notes. Enjoyable, but I would have liked to tried a better pour of it.
nilsas (2511) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nydelig duft av flere frukter og en anelse citrus. Brun farge. Tynn hinne skum. Nydelig smak av frukter med en lang ettersmak.
mR_fr0g (6062) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bamberg jolly day 2 25/01/2014. Tasting at Cafe Abseits. Thanks to AndySniow. Viscous sryupy orange red amber coloured pour. Flavour is hot burning alcohol, slightly harsh. Some berry. Aroma is hot alcohol, jammy, biscuity malts and fruits. Palate is viscous, sryup, sticky full. Big beer, a bit heavy handed.
madmitch76 (18998) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
25th January 2014
Bamberg Bash Day 2. Cafe Abseits tasting. Somewhat plastered now! A 17.2% barleywine is just the ticket! Hazy deep amber beer, good pale cream coloured head. Crispy palate. Spicy sweet malt, bourbon - vanilla and caramel. Light dry finish. Drinkable!
jfb (4762) - Freising, GERMANY - FEB 5, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle, many thanks to whoever brought this!) pours a murky deep brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of heavy alcohol and brown sugar, with notes of hay, some banana and musty higher alcohols. flavour is mostly the same, lots of brown sugar, caramel and alcohol. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
Theydon_Bois (13509) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Day 2 of the post Xmas Bamberg Jolly, Cafe Abseits Tasting bottle thanks to Andy Snow (I think?), 25/01/14.
Dark mahogony brown with a moderate beige head that dissipates to spotting.
Nose is booze forward, earthy, dark fruit, cocoa, slightly musty, dark toffee.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, mineral notes, dark fruit, booze well evident and a little on the harsh side but not massively so ABV considered.
Full full bodied affair, fine carbonation, warming booze in the finale.
Decent enough for 17.2% but not something I’d rush back to !
Leini (1435) - SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at a tasting. Brown-isg color with a medium head. Dried fruit, sweet yeasty notes and loads of alcohol. Will probably benefit good from storage.