gam (2908) - 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 (2265) - 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 doesnít come through whatsoever. Drinks very well considering how fresh this beast it
ALLOVATE (2221) - 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 íAí 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 donít 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 canít see this being a classic. Loose and rushed to be honest. Had high hopes. Not up to scratch! (33cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
hawthorne00 (2096) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Davros (1725) - 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 itís reasonable well integrated.
Nice syrupy body and light carbonation.
Lunkie (1309) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour cherry malt aroma. Brown colour with poor head and lacing. Sour cheery malt flavour. Fizzy palate.
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Sevenlee (1060) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very cloudy brown colour with a small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, toastiness, raisins, honey, wine notes, oak, and all sorts of other goodies. Taste is high sweet leading to a sweet and alcoholic finish. Quite a heavy drinking beer but fantastic!
fletchfighters (921) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
330 ml bottle
Not real pretty. Orange amber color, very hazy looking. Off white head that falls to a collar.
Big juicy dark fruit nose. Strawberry jam, plumb, caramel, oak and wine. Barrel parts are quite soft but compliment well.
Taste is strawberry and plumb jam with caramel. Not a lot of the barrel but vinous. Does not need the barrel as quit good own it's own.
Big feel. Quite sticky. Low carbonation. Stupendous well hidden ABV. One of the best things to come out of Australia in several years
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Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 330ml bottle on 1/6/2013. Pours a super murky brown with a small thin head. Has a powerful aroma of stewed fruit, plums, prunes, dates, raisins and more than a touch of booze. All of the aforementioned also feature in the flavour, along with a good dash of strawberry, some cherry, and a touch of honey. The palate is quite sticky and the carbonation low. Thereís certainly a distinct vinous, alcoholic character to it, but itís still quite easy to drink for a beer thatís 14.6%. A very interesting, rather impressive brew. Not really a typical barley wine - the closest reference point I can think of is Rochefort 10, but this is better.
jonnyguns (651) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Looks horrible out of the bottle, muddy brown with no head and what looks like no life at all! Aroma is better. Full, heavy and sweet. Can smell that itís been aged in the wine barrels. Wow, taste is intense. Quite sweet with honey or sugar like sweetness. Sticks to your mouth too ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone