madmitch76 (15073) - , 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!
Leighton (10969) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (8668) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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.
Scopey (6821) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to J-Dogg. It pours murky deep brown with a minimal beige heard. The nose is brown bread, fruit cake, raisin, candied peel, honey, wood and brown sugar. The taste is rich, juicy, fruit cake, plummy, faint vinous, wood, grape peel, toffee, wood, plum skin and earth with a dry finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth feel. Nice depth. Solid.
gam (3237) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No real head mild carbonation murky brown pour aromas rich toffee caramel brandy honey raisin dried fruit the flavours strong grape taste red wine the barrels influence two different tastes one rich one sharp both great for the ale rich honey caramel a dry note such a rich good bodied drink the finish best tastes the influences of the barrels is important so well done fruit tastes and rich malts dryness a really good barleywine
maneliquor (3104) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours a disgusting, murky amber-orange with no head at all. Nose is very sweet and appealing. Smells like super sweet, fresh honeycomb - very sugary with light floral hops. Light tart comes through. Taste shows huge honey and honeycomb. Super sweet but not too cloying. Sticky which is very good. Finish is very plummy and cherry forward which must be the wine barrels shining through. Surprisingly comes together pretty well for such a complex beer. Depth is astounding. Palate is sticky sweet and the ABV doesn’t come through whatsoever. Drinks very well considering how fresh this beast it
_angst_ (2773) - 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!
hawthorne00 (2431) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2014 Murky brown with less than a coat of beige head. Ugly as a hatful (as seems to be the house style). Aroma of honey, butterscotch, pine, oak, lemon, greengages. Syrupy with low carbonation. Sweet toffee, greengages, coffee, pine, pepper, a stemmy cherry note, pine, oak, a light tanginess. Flavours are all tied together. The sweetness pretty much vanishes at the end and the alcohol is fairly obvious but not hot (although it sticks out more as it warms). Quite something.
Third and last bottle. Still ugly. Honeyed lemon, butterscotch, underripe plums. Very sweet, warming but integrated alcohol, sweetness lifted away at the end that’s more gently acidic than bitter or dry.
ALLOVATE (2408) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Muddy, dull and lifeless; chestnut brown in colour. There is booze in the nose but the thickness of the waft drowns it out completely. Plummy, musty, savoury fruit mince doused in thick, nutty praline dominates the heady aroma with nuances of garden loam, fresh, ripe figs, rice wine, fried enoki mushroom. Yeasty, oily and heady with boozy sherry giving so much warmth to the swallow but also encompassing the palate - this is the stuff of ’A’ level alcoholics kicking it oldschool. Toffee, praline and savoury dried fruits fill it out. It has a saltiness to it; balanced but not altogether a harmonious affair. Buttery, though I don’t expect it is diacetyl. The barrel-aging offering little as it is heavy, muddy and yeast ridden. The presence of a cheap, fortified wine, I can’t see this being a classic. Loose and rushed to be honest. Had high hopes. Not up to scratch! (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
Davros (1939) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours murky brown with a small head.
Nose shows rich sweet syrupy malt with some soft oxidative notes, a little booze, gingerbread, spicy phenols and a red wine note. Lovely.
Sweet flavours. Oxidative notes, brown sugar, woody notes, soft tannins and a strong port character. Some booze but it’s reasonable well integrated.
Nice syrupy body and light carbonation.