beerbeast88 (41) - - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: golden, red, amber,
Aroma: caramel, roasty, bread, nuts, grass, herbs, raisin and plums
Taste:medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness,
Palate:medium body, sticky, lively, bitter,
GothGargoyle (904) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Bernt for the bottle. Hazy rust coloured with a pale head. Aroma is raisins, wood, leather, brown sugar. Sweet on the palate with a hint of boozy harshness on the finish. Taste is brown sugar, rice pudding, raisins, honey.
Beerhunter111 (3349) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
250ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlich-oranges Bier mit sehr wenig Schaum. Geruch sehr intensiv holzig, fruchtig malzig, süß, alkoholisch. Geschmack angenehm sanft malzig fruchtig, leicht alkoholisch, holzig, Dörrobst, süß.
tfredvik (910) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok, I know that barley wines often have a very sweet and strong aroma of fruits gone bad, but this one is a bit too much. There are huge amounts of overripe, or rather fermented fruits, with additional hints of compost and rotting leaves. I always set the Aroma grade before I make my initial taste, but for this beer I have to make an exception. The weak 6 that I originally had put down is upgraded to a solid 7 after I’ve actually tasted the brew, it seems like I had to taste it before my nose managed to decode the complex message from the beer. So, I end up with a very positive impression of the sugary sweet aroma: sure there are overripe fruity notes, but they are actually rather pleasant, and I also get strong notes of caramel and dark dried fruits. I guess the confusion is caused by my lack of experience with barley wines. The very strong flavours are dominated by sweet dark dried fruits, especially raisins, and the overripe fruits are hidden in the back. I also get brown sugar, caramel and warming, vinous notes. The taste is so heavy sweet that even the heavy bitter 100 IBU finish can’t quite balance it. For a small 25 cl bottle it’s ok though, it doesn’t get cloying. The body is full and the carbonation is soft. In the glass the RH3 looks almost clear, it has a dark copper to red colour and the tiny, bubbly head doesn’t leave much lacing. A good one, but I think I liked the RH2 better.
[25 cl bottle, batch 742, enjoyed 2 years after brewing, from Vinmonopolet Online]
k92488 (134) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog fra Ticks Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca... Etter best evne...
Brandman (1888) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazu dirty red brown body, very small khaki head. Aroma has sweet cabbage, raisins, bready malt. Flavour is alcoholic sugar, raisins and malt based liquor. Pretty hard and aome vegetables with alcohol in aftertaste. Not good.
arsol (355) - NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noe uklar rødbrun farge med tynt skum. Lukter fruktig, søtt og alokohol. Smaker søtt, fyldig. Minner om sherry. Sødme og alkoholvarme henger i ettersmaken.
Vighals (655) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tåkete brun med rødskjær med hvitt skum. Lukter moden stenfrukt. Rund god søt karamell, litt Cherry feeling. Medium bitter, lite kullsyre, men god fyldig ganske lang ettersmak.
gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy reddish/brown with a minimal head. Aroma of yeast, fruit, dried fruit, sake and some nuts. Similar taste, rather sweet. Some warming alcohol in the finish. A bit different but quite good.
Kavu (1901) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,25l bottle from the flagship Alko. Pours hazy brown with a low head. Aroma is malts, sake and alcohol. Flavor is malts, sake, fruits, alcohol and hops. Quite nice.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1226) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12% a great mellow brown pour with a light beige head, fantastic nose of malty caramel, it has a kind of dark wood vibe. Sweet, smokey, caramel, not boozy but with a nice warmth heading down. Silky smooth mouthfeel. Sweet fruity hit first, a touch of smoke then caramel-ultra tasty. Is this barrel aged? It has that kind of notes, a bready sweet fantastic beer. Nose 10, Taste 10