thebeertourist (5069) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Den Bierzolder. Dark reddish brown with noticeable sediment and a nice tan head. Sweet roasted aromas, with hints of chocolate and tart berries. Chocolate flavours balanced by slight sourness and a careful roast. A bit alcoholic. A dangerously gentle imperial stout.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from the Alvinne store, thanks to Glenn for the recomendation. Clear dark brown with small tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with sweet malt sourness, some alc, nice. Flavor is roasted malt, yeast, some sourness, a little perfumey as it warmed, not bad. Medium to light body with a little carbonation. Very nice, but I would call this an imperial stout way before I would called this a barley wine.
bierkoning (10911) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown color, little chunks of yeast. Roasted malt in the aroma. Malty, roasty flavor with vanilla and pear. Soft creamy, roasty bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant beer.
fonefan (38083) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light to medium red brown color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, caramel, prune, raisin, date, licorice notes, alcohol notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. (010808)
Borresteijn (5239) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ KBF in Geel. Darkbrown/black appearance, beige head. Aroma is soft and sweet, liquorice, slightly roasted, chocolate. Reminded me of Floreffe Meilleure. Flavour is chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, slightly bitter, soft and sweet, liquorice. Medium bodied. Nice.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at chris_o’s pre banter banter. Alround rating: Overly sweet caramalt, candy sugar, belgian yeasty, overly sweet. I then go on to say how teabagging a hamster is quite like teabagging pat?
daniele (6280) - ITALY - AUG 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
scura buona schouma discreta persistenza note fruttate tostate anche un po di luppolo ma nache dolce tostatura leggero cioccolato caffe liquirizia una piccola nota speziata abbastanza morbida il tostato prevale anche il lupolo è buono
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl, exclusive brewery, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, but not a topper
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle bought from Willems, Grobbendonk. No best before date apparent. Mid red/brown colour with some floaters. Rich caramel aroma with some volatile alcoholic notes. Fairly fruity flavour, some nutty elements, again with noticeable boozy character. More chewy caramel. There are not too many Barley Wines from Belgium so I was interested to try this one. However, I didn’t really discern much to distinguish it from a Belgian Strong Ale and I found the alcohol a touch hot and intrusive for my taste.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at Chris O’s.
Dark amber brown with a reasonable off white head. Heavy alcohol and caramel aroma that Pat called ’quite brutal’ and he was right. Thick soy, liquorice and caramel flavour. Pretty rough and rugged if you ask me. I can’t see what the fuss is about.