mcberko (9566) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage. 375mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a deep dark mahogany / dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very dry, oaky and vinous, with dry wood and grapes. Flavour is similar, with dominating dry vinous and oaky notes – I get mostly wine and wood here. Quite complex. Drinkable in small amounts, as the intense wine and oak become slightly overbearing after a while. This has held up exceptionally well over the past 5 years. Nice stuff.
3fourths (8634) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml shared by argo0. Thick dark blood red or purple colored body with minimal carbonation. Nose of syrah, oak, char, plum, overripe red grapes, and a bit of booze and some phenol chemical notes as well. Tastes of prickly, tannic grape and plum skin, some wine-like oak dryness, especially developing in the finish. Very interesting, and an improvement over the original.
DocLock (8570) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours deep blackish with minimal tan head and a slow, reduced Guinness cascade. Nose is tart cherry, fig, brown sugar, sour mashy fruit, peaty malt, cacao; very nice nose on this. The taste is a bit tart, with a bevy of fruit flavors including cherry, blackberry, port, grape, raisin, brown sugar, oak, and cacao throughout. One of Italy’s top 10, perhaps top 2 or 3.
JorisPPattyn (8562) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black beer, with greige head. Coffee, oak, wood lactic, fruit, vinous and milk chocolate. Beautiful flavour, with all the former aromas repeated in the taste. Very mild lactic acid. Well oily, full bodied, alcohol warming. Beautiful, refined product.
DuffMan (8041) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 10, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, no best before date, brought back from somewhere we travelled this past year. Dark brown, very thin layer of brown bubbles that fades quickly to nothing. Aroma is full-on sour brown ale territory. Lots of bretty funk, sour cherries and darker fruits. Palate has moderate carbo, so this beer isn’t dead. Sour brettanomyces-laden palate, again some fruity notes sitting behind the funk, with a dry, woody bitterness in the finish. There is no way I would ever have guessed this to be barley wine, but I have to rate it as one so my scores will be low. Funny enough, it wasn’t a bad sour ale...
sebletitje (7879) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours clear brown with brown head.
Aroma is yeasty with very light notes of chestnut.
Taste of light roasted coffee, light tartness and nutty. Notes of chocolate and faint wood presence with fruity mouthfeel.
Another great beer out of Italy.
bb (7642) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small tan head. Roasty, chocolate, light fruity aroma. Very fruity (grape, maybe some cherry) with backing roast and chocolate. Medium bodied - very drinkable. Lingering fruit, light chocolate, caramel, and a bit of oak. Well balanced with good intriquing background flavors. Refined.
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep dark brown with thin brown head. The aroma has a full wood note with a hint of booze and then some red wine like fruitiness creating a dry tannin sensation. Behind that are notes of dark fruity esters and a bit of malt roast. The taste feels thin to start bringing in dark fruits mixed with red wine and some wood. Nearing midway roasted malts mix with dry red wine tannins drying it out some into the finish. Very good stuff. A full flavored session barleywine.
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blake for opening this! Poured deep, murky brown with a loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma was sour, deep, and complex with dark fruit, light metallic notes, and cherries over dark malts (semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa powder).. nutty undertones. The flavor had a mild-to-moderate steel and fruity sourness throughout with cocoa and dark chocolates providing a dry cake-like core.. vanilla, nutty notes, and a touch of coffee hit the back with a hit of cognac-cy warmth. Medium-bodied and near perfectly balanced on the palate.. like a soured dry stout.. very interesting and enjoyable!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly-carbonated barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin-lacing, spotty light tan head. Complex aroma of funky sour cherries, oak and dark caramel malt with a hint of molasses and dark chocolate. Body starts semi-viscous and lightly sweet yielding to a crisp, vinous tartness with some oaky leathery character before a drier, bittersweet finish with some lingering toffee and black cherries. An interesting, well-balanced and enjoyable wine-barrel-aged brew.