wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tried at Woodshop 5.0. Very nice. Very sweet. Sherry oxidation is wonderful. Light booziness is well hidden. Very good.
Zita (6083) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bred,honey,brown sugar,red/brown, clear, white foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, average,medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice beer.
HenrikSoegaard (12926) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Almost identical to cognac-version. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. red-amber colour. Light malty and hoppy intense aroma. Light sweet and moderate bitter vinius flavor. Long nice finish. Creamy palate. Again too expensive and a little boring.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this was a pleasant surprise. Thanks a lot, Tom. Not much head on it, brown pour. Boozy port smell on the nose, plus toffee and dried fruit sweetness. The flavor follows suit, sweet, syrupy and loaded with sticky dried fruits. Some nice vanilla notes are also apparent. Good complexity, with the boozy port flavors cutting the sweetness a bit. Definitely a novel and enjoyable experience for me.
Hansen (8333) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer, but too much alcohol. Dark brown and clear. Has an off-white head, mostly diminishing. Alcohol and soft malt in the aroma. Flavor is heavy sweet, lots of alcohol.
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Medium head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are fruits, yeast, malt and hops. Quite vinous.
after4ever (7486) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
375, capped. thanks, maria! pours a cloudy dark brown with no head, lace, or legs. enormous port nose, lots of vinous raisins, dates, figs, and caramel. thick, sticky, viscous body. raisins, figs, dates, caramel, and toffee on the mid palate. long sweet finish.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep burgundy red with a small tanned head that leaves minimal lacings.
The smell is intense and deep with heavy malt aromas and powerful notes of vinous fruit, oak barrel and toffee. Hints of cookie dough and warming alcohol. Lovely aroma.
The taste his almost even more intense. The flavor is sweet and malty with rich caramel notes, toffee and powdered chocolate. Some toasty notes. Lovely port barrel character and vinous fruity notes (ripe plums, grapes). Some spicy and tannic bitterness. The finish packs a bit of punch from the alcohol and is nicely warming with pleasant oak flavors, spices and malts.
With it’s full bodied and very smooth texture, this is a great sipper.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle from DK. Did a big tasting of 5 barley wines and this one came out on top. Pours dark brown with minimal tan head. Nose of nice port notes, raisin, and wood. Taste very sweet with more port notes, raisin, caramel. Very smooth finish, and overall beautifully balanced.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasting with Shaun Hill at Three Penny Taproom - Poured a clear, dark reddish-amber in color with a very small off white head that produced some small lacing on the glass (and could be reproduced by swirling). Aroma is slightly sweet, vinous and very complex with roasted malts, port wine, light oak, nuts and dark fruit. Flavor was malty to begin with plenty of roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, woody oak and port wine... again, lots going on here. As the beer warmed, it reminded me of an excellent tawny port. This is a really excellent beer and my favorite of the tasting flight.