ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. On tap into tulip. St. Paul.
Appearance: copper/orange color. Mostly transparent, but some haze. Small rim of white head.
Aroma: caramel, raisin, malty, dark fruit, alcohol.
Taste: sweet up front. Mild bitterness in the finish. Warming Alcohol.
Palate: thick, syrupy. Mostly still carbonation. Long finish
Overall: very nice beer. On the sweeter side. Nice warming alcohol. Pretty complex.
nilsas (982) - Bryne, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
God duft av malt, druer og krydder. Dyp mørk rødbrun farge. Lite skum. Godssmak av frukter. 2009 versjonen.
Sevenlee (1197) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 2012 edition. Pours a dark cloudy brown with beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla with some woody notes. Taste is medium sweet leading to a hefty sweet fruity finish with some slight alcohol burn on the way down. Awesome stuff.
monk191 (727) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A bit too boozy for its own good. Pours a cloudy red. Smells like malt liquor and a bit of figs. Taste is mostly booze. Had in the bottle.
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robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Aromas of fruit and vanilla are faint but nice. This is warming as it goes down and has a nice amount of carbonation. The taste of booze, vanilla, malts, and some hops all add up very well to make this a great beer.
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle->snifter. Cloudy dark amber with small tan head. Caramel malt, dark fruit, bread, some spice. Bittersweet, boozy. Could use some aging, but quite good.
Iphonephan (2693) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 75 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a clear amber with an thick ecru head. Caramel nose. Flavors of plum, caramel and raisins. Medium heavy bodied, light carbonation,, smooth slightly boozy finIsh.
ironprog (43) - - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Pours a cloudy, deep amber, with an off-white, tight head that dissipates moderately. Aromas of milk-chocolate, caramel, fruit (maybe fig?), and vanilla. Taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and just a hint of black-cherry. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is smooth and sweet. Overall, I really like this beer. Although, as it warms up it gets sweeter. By the time it reaches room temperature it is almost cloyingly sweet. However, straight out of the fridge is a little too cold and you don’t get all the subtleties. So i suggest letting it warm up for 5 minutes before indulging.
harrymel (1450) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vintage 2012, reviewed 07MAR12
Pours a ruby ale with a nice dome of cream foam. Smells of alcohol, grain, some caramel, nothing special. Flavor is alcoholic, bitter, some sweetness, some bitterness. Really poorly defined. I don’t recall having had this so fresh, but I don’t recommend. Medium on viscous body with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. I’m not impressed fresh. Maybe one should simply buy and age as the beer is better with just a year on it.
Note to NC: release beer when ready, no sooner.
Vintage 2010, Reviewed 22MAR11
A: Pours a beautiful mahogany ale with hues of cherry red. Single finger head of roasted peanut dissipates in a couple minutes and leaves a thin sheet of the same. Spotty lacing. Brilliant clarity.
S: Initially, alcohol comes out punching! Then I get the tones of vanilla, malt, cherries (maraschino), light soapy smell (not bad, but different). Good nose, will be better with age I bet.
T: Mmmm. Toffee, light noble hops, cascade resin and citrus are subdued, yet present. Alcohol is slightly sweet, but not in any way offensive. Hint of cornbread. Again, maraschino cherries. Nice. The toffee keeps teasing me, more time = more toffee = more happy!
M: Full bodied and medium carbonation. Dries the mouth and forces my tongue to push for resonating flavors. Nice.
O: Excellent crafsmanship. Good old ale. The profile compels me to keep a dozen in the cellar for a year or two. Should become more tawny in character. Pretty stoked about the potential here. 4/4/4/4/4-4
Serving type: bottle
lspagnola (16) - - DEC 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Vito’s. This made me rethink my stance on barley wines. Very complex. Opened up nicely after warming in the glass. I hope the 2013 is as good.