bmeup (545) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
First up, quite carbonated, massive tan head settles to a tight 5mm layer. Dark ruby under backlight looks great. Taste is sweet, caramel, toffee, malty and glazed dried fruit, heavy with a hint of warming alcohol buzz. Hops are in the back seat here and falling in bitterness after two years, though it has wonderful floral notes. Full bodied with slick sticky legs in the glass. Sensational BW, waiting for the others maturing is going to be difficult, but worth it.
CitrusP (59) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - SEP 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 bottle (of course). This beer left quite an effect on me, and at $29 a bottle I’m glad it did. Smelt of Smooth Rockmelon with some yeast. Very well balanced flavours is what struck me most, sweeter rockmelon flavours to begin with leaning towards darker fruit flavours as it warmed. Beautiful smooth, yet a little resinous mouthfeel. Not at all bitter and very drinkable for the ABV. Never had a beer quite like this one to be honest, very enjoyable. Clearly aging well, tempted to get another!
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Murray’s at Manly. Pours an unclear dark amber with a tiny white head. Smells lovely, of caramel, plum, vinous, and some spices. Tastes of a medium-heavy sweetness, with a medium bitterness, and some fruitiness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, and a syrupy texture. Finishes mildly bitter with a long duration. A lovely beer.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep amber colored with a nice off white colored head. Aromas of dried fruit, caramel and alcohol. Flavor is sweet and tasty. Great!
gam (3457) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smallish head carbonation still medium class dark murky cola looking colour to beer aromas floral apricot dark fruits plum prune caramel alcohol citrus yeast flavour chocolate note port wine plum prune raisin apricot peaches raisin yeast floral note bitter just below medium oak touch very good resinous taste of pine very fruity finish a dryness good bitter lovely barleywine malts a plus
Miksu (5023) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chris O’s Pre-GBBF Shindig 2011. Reddish brown color. The aromas and flavors of toffee, vanilla and raisins. Nice condensed dessert wine type of beer.
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark red with a medium, creamy, beige head. Aroma has sweet caramel, red berries, vinious. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has red currants, tart, good sweetness, good lingering bitterness. Lovely.
fletchfighters (1189) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Pours a dark brown color with nice ruby highlights. Nice looking off white head, one finger in height. Held shape well and left nice spotty lacing while drinking.
S-- Big malt backbone of sweet toffee. Quite nice. Followed by touches of wheat and then stone fruit. Far more mellow as the kiwi hops have been restrained more and not so perfume like.
T-- As a group we all noticed that how well the alcohol was hidden for such a young beer. Quite complex, fruity, slight amounts of chocolate and bitterness. Just plain good.
M-- Medium bodied and light medium carbonated. Some slickness from the hops and just touches of oak in the mouth.
O-- Good barleywine.
ALLOVATE (2522) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On advice from the boys at Cellarbrations Carlisle and imbibed in always sunny Devon, England, as a gift to family.
At around cellar temperature it produced up an oily looking, syruppy, deep, ruby tinged copper with a fine, tight bead. Head the essence of perfection; mountainous, rocky beige foam that lasts and weaves a messy lace. Very pronounced, spicy nose of burnt, bitter, dried dark fruits, caramelised plums, damp top soil and toasted nuts, sherryish alcohol and a little madeira. Big, bold and bitter burnt fruits in the mouth, raisins, sultanas, dates and dried figs. Praline and madeira-like notes hit mid-palate with the back end rough and rugged with fruit, earth, wood and plenty of warming alcohol. Long length a continuation of the palate, becoming tangy and bitter/sweet to get the saliva glands working full swing. Really dries out the palate yet holds such a drowning sweetness. The body thick and treacly, oily as it slips down the throat like an elixir. I really liked it, yet can’t see me going out the way for another. The Devon folk thought highly of it, so a success there! (75cL, Cellarbrations Carlisle)
hawthorne00 (2662) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
About 13C. Clear dark red with a beige head that is never less than a good coat and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of toffee, sherry, dried orange peel, pine, mocha. A little obvious alcohol. Oily mouthfeel. Taste is sweet but thoroughly cleaned up by slightly spicy bitterness. There’s toffee and dried fruit, but the extent of the whisky flavours is a surprise given the aroma - although it’s more obvious going back to sniff. Some salt and oak at the fairly boozy end. Half expected the hop aromatics to be jarring, but if they ever were they’ve settled down nicely.