Mogwai (227) - Askeby, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/amber colour with an off-white tan. Aroma is hops and malt, caramel. Flavor is exceptional, caramel, nuts, malt. It seems the beer itself is also confused on wther to be a Barley WIne or an Double IPA. It seems to be somewhere in the middle. Very good indeed.
OldMrCrow (2321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2009 Bottle, Fresh 7/4/8/4/15.
Pours a deep dark brown with a caramel glow. The aromas are all about the nuttiness, the barleywine toffees, even some roast -- but in the flavor, chocolate caramel and grapefruit pith, lovely full smooth mouthfeel with just a touch of heat. This is actually really solid, hard to characterize as either barleywine or IIPA not because it’s some kind of wild experiment but rather because it’s just a very nice beer for what it is and then later, when you try to categorize, the categories don’t quite fit.
This one reminds me of a mellowed-out Stone 11th Anniversary. Really nice.
Two year old bottle, Nov 21 ’09. At two years of age this one -- a harbinger of the Black IPA trend, perhaps -- has really come into its own, and even become something very special. Almost no heat from the 10%, wonderfully rich and smooth.Some serious hop bite remains and powerfully backs the overall flavor, but now the beer is all about the dark smoky chocolates and rich caramels that the heavy malt profile. As it approaches room temperature the complexity shines. A superb strong ale.
I’ll average the ratings.
tomthompson89 (1973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown big head nose is bitter hops and maybe some alcohol. flavor was wooow big bitterness, malts but a burnt flavor, some dark fruit, very warming, maybe i should have had this in the winter, will try again and re-rate
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from South Bay Drugs. Barley Wine? Double IPA? Has numerous characteristics from both styles. Pours a very dark brown, darker than most Barley Wines. A thin beige head with a tad bit of lacing. Good size amount of hops on the nose with some toasted malt and dark fruit. Finish was malty and quite bitter.
Bananamaniac (35) - Kristinehamn, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
50 cl bottle shared with Ljunkan @ Bishop’s Arms - Karlstad. Impressive beer! Extreme bitterness, nutty and caramellish flavours. Excellent beer as always from Nøgne Ø. Cheers to our Norweigan friends!
BelgianBeerGal (3672) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl bottle. Pours a really dark brown for an IIPA with a huge foamy, tan head. Aroma is mostly piney hops plus some chocolate. Pleasant flavour with citrus hops, chocolate and coffee. No real hint of the 10 ABV. Really nice twist on the typical IIPA.
aracauna (3411) - Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a porter brown with a big booming head the color of chocolate milk foam. And odd appearance for either a barleywine or an IIPA. The aroma is more appropriate with a big hoppiness with an herbal quality almost like that of lemon basil and juniper. The flavor is a little odd, though. The Roastiness that usually accompanies a beer this dark is missing, but there is a slight burned flavor underneath the rest and something keeps make me think of lighter fluid in the finish. It’s really not as bad as I’m making it sound because those flavors almost work together.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml - Aroma is sharp pine resin hops with a nice dark malt back. Even a little molasses in there. Pours very dark brown with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is a hop blast followed by a nice roasted dark malt finish. Chewy molasses gives it just enough sweetness to counter the hop bitterness. Everything is in perfect balance so that you are never overwhelmed. Alcohol is present but not too strong. Palate is sticky and tart. A great tasting, different sort of DIPA.
cgarvieuk (20248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 14, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... Rating 2000 and it will also take me to 150th rater a nice double ... Ive looked forward to getting hold of this Thanks to Maria for this ...Deep brown black ... nice pine resin hop nose ... nice mouthfeel ... low carbination ...juicy pine hop ... little woody ... juicy and bit juicy bitter in linger ...Darke than i expecxted but really quite nice...
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was dark with full tan head. Aroma was full of roasted malt. Real full body with flavors of more roasted malt, caramel, and some hops. Very smooth brew. Worth the buy. Would purchase again.