tectactoe (1058) - Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: 2012... Extremely dense, turbid copper with even a mild red-ish hue to it; beige head lasts for a few moments before reducing to a soapy collar. Aroma is dominated with some boozy figs & prunes, a touch of anise, & a sweet, glazed toffee underbody. Faint vanilla. Definitely smells hefty, but the booze isnít too brash. Quite a bit of licorice up front, both sweet red & deep black, hefty raisin & date notes, lathered in sweet caramel sauce & smooth whiskey. The booze aspect is strong & robust without turning into solvent or pure heat. Sticky sweet caramel & toffee malt in the finish with a lighter, grape-y fruit. Very nice ale; this one was aged a little over a year.
Tide (1377) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Alko. Dark red / rusty color, white head. Bittersweet taste with citrus, hops, caramel, toffee, syrup, raisins, oak and a bit of alcohol. Very smooth body and the high ABV is very well hidden. Bitter finish with hops, toffee and raisins. Excellent barley wine with very pleasant balance of hops and malts.
warhawk91 (206) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, 2013. Pour is a murky orange rust color with a thin khaki head. Alcohol legs and not a lot of lacing. Aroma is cherries and dates with a raisin and citrus note as well. Some caramel, faint hops and an identifiable earthy kind of funk as well. Taste is very malty, sweet dark fruits, cherry, caramel, vanilla, wood. Flavors are soft and the booze is very present in the finish, not overly sweet. Faint hops linger a bit on the tongue. Mouthfeel very chewy with smooth, creamy carbonation. A very big beer, enjoyable, am interested to see how it mellows over time.
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MadRobin (1611) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap 5 oz. sample at Judges' Bench in Ellicott City, MD.
Lightly hazy, medium amber with a small off-white head and fair lacing.
Aroma of caramel, ripe fruit and molasses.
Taste of caramel, alcohol, raisins, plums and malts.
Full/medium body and medium/low carbonization.
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5lickv1c (105) - DENMARK - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2013 Bottle. Strong ale with a lot of flavor. Quite boozy, kind of like an English version of a quadruple. Too sweet though and not too balanced.
Itzjerm (994) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2013 2012 bottle. Very smooth. Light vanilla aroma, not much aroma though. Not much of a head either. Actually not that thick on the tongue (lots of carbonation on the tongue) and does not seem like the abv. very mild light vanilla and barley flavors. very mild in flavor. Kinda boring.
2013 bottle. Sweeter a bit more mouth feel. Overal same rather lack luster beer.
Fritz123 (723) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Boca Raton, FL. Poured into tulip at home. Hazy brown-amber with a one finger, fast disappearing white head. No lacing. The aroma is dark fruits such as prunes, raisins and overripe grapes. Also a sweet aroma overall. The taste is complex with dark fruits (same as listed in the aroma) and a heavy malt presence. You get the aging on the backend. For an 11.9% it hides the booze well. Very smooth mouth, medium to full in body. Light carbonation. Finish is booze and fruit. It is a little sweet but overall a very very nice BW.
jmagnus87 (2185) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from notes. Roasty toffee with dark fermented fruits, rasins and a little citrus. Boozy, but much less than I was expecting. Iím digging it.
Danyel (445) - Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Smells doughy, vanilla. Tastes dark fruits- raisins, fruity, vanilla. Really smooth, tasty, worth a try!
Salmoniform (201) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle poured amber red in glass with light off-white head. Aroma is estery with slight fruity/banana/citrus notes. Taste is a bit sharp initially due to the carbonation and finishes quite malt-forward. A bit ethanol at the end. Not a whole lot of hop characteristic here, A slight bitterness in the finish. Overall, this is a really nice old ale...especially for the price point. Iím really interested to see how this ages out over the years.