j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Dad’s for the half marathon tasting. Pours a hazed brown with a thin white head. Malty with a bit of cocoa and caramel. Medium bodied, sweet, caramel, toffee, soft and sweet, vanilla and caramel. Long caramel with a bit of toffee.
jredmond (6383) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Max at the Half Marathon tasting, May 2015. Pours a deep amber orange body with soft white lacing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with notes of banana bread, spice, caramel malt, raisin bread and vague wine character.
blipp (7084) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Mild sweet malts, toffee, some fruity notes, soft floral hoppy notes, and moderate vinous sweetness. Good stuff.
GlassBrass440 (295) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky brown with no head, which is forgiven for a beer nearing 30 proof. Aromas of light caramel, sherry, and alcohol, but not much else, even as it warms. However, mild aromas hide the wonders within. Flavours open wide with caramel, dates, cinnamon, fig, star anise, banana bread, and port. A slightly slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Just a slight hint of alcohol in the sweet finish.
_angst_ (3638) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle received as extra in trade. Thank you stoutnick! Pours hazy caramel brown with no head worth mentioning. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, leather, hay, charred wood, vanilla fudge, grape juice, alcohol and caramelized almonds. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, cocoa powder, honey, alcohol, vanilla fudge, raisins in rum, prunes, dates, alcohol, grape juice, hay, charred wood and toasted coconut. Mouthfeel is round, sticky sweet, boozy and near full bodied. Finish is sweet, tiny bitter and malty with caramel, toffee, charred wood, hay, vanilla fudge, raisins in rum, prunes, hay and sweet dark bread. Almost over the top tasty malt bomb!
Niksko (504) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a cloudy, muddy orange/brown with just a little off white head. Nose is honey, brandy, toffee, sweet wine, cinnamon, slightly fruity. Flavor is very sweet and honeyed, lots of spicy clove and cinnamon, some vanilla, wine notes, very smooth, honey finish. The fact that a beer this drinkable and delicious is 14.6% abv is astonishing. This is a monumental achievement, and I wish I had more bottles.
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a delicious smooth Barrelly wine which makes it very hard to believe that it?s 14.6%. I will definitely recommend this to friends.
madmitch76 (18660) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20th February 2014
Fare thee well Josh tasting at Bruce’s. Thanks to Josh for this beer, relieved to find it is a beer and not a porno flick he picked up in Copenhagen! Very hazy brown beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and semi dry. Nice toffee malt with caramel and coconut. Little vanilla and biscuit and tangy fruits. Touch of cherry. Finishes light and spicy. A winner!
Theydon_Bois (12865) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Josh’s Farewell tasting, thanks to the man of the moment - Far out ! 20/02/14.
Hazed orange amber with moderate off white edgework.
Nose is rich on dark fruits, dark toffee, whisp of booze, prunes, mellow pitted fruit notes, woody twang.
Taste comprises coconut shavings, dark toffee, vanilla fudge, light wine BA twang, dark fruit rinds.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close.
Solid barley wine, well integrated alcohol for 14.6%, good depth of flavours, never gets to sweet.
Leighton (14334) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared for Josh’s farewell fiesta. Thanks to Josh himself for this one, pours hazy golden-brown with a frothy white head. Old wood on the nose, some dry toffee, aged fruits. Medium sweet flavor with rich malt character, more toffee, alcohol, honey, dates, figs. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with definite aged character, more toffee and honey, rich bread, dry wood. Lots of complexity here. Punchy and wonderful.