MetalNHopHead (1205) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
North Coast ships its hops from England when brewing its annual batch of Old Stock Ale, which shows its dedication to crafting an English Style Ale. However, itís the use of said hops that creates a uniquely American ale. Old Stock has a fair amount of earthy bitterness mixed in with the rich grains. Before I get too far down that trail, Old Stock pours ruby red with a thin layer of foam - not surprising given the ABV being just shy of 12%. Aroma has dark and syrupy fruits. Flavor has bread, fig, date, plum, prune, cherry, toffee, butterscotch, and mild citrus. The full-bodied mouthfeel contains stickiness and some crispness coming from the hops. Old Stock has some serious class. Iíd love to try a version with even more age than the 2014 vintage.
bartlebier (3213) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle bb10/2019. Amber-acajou pour, fast receding small foam. Sweetish toffee, barley cereal, faint Sherry cask and vinsanto notes interlinked paratactically: complexity here is not yeast-driven, but layers of grain sweetness stacked on top of each other. More barley sugars, honey, apple syrup and vinsanto sweetness manage to remain dry but very literal: astounding for a nearly 12% beer how easy to drink, yet how literal and under-complex this beer remains, lessening the appeal to take repeated sips. Candied citrus, pine, pear drops come through to make clear this is a doublehopped US barleywine. Hides its booziness well, but does not offer a need to indulge in its rich caramels. An infant in complexity compared to 7% Brakspear Triple or Gulden Draak. Made to age, not to sample young?
ThreeCats (764) - ISRAEL - OCT 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy honey color with an off-white head. Aroma sweet with lots of raisin and fig notes. Taste sweet, full, and boozy. With notes of dried fruit, figs, and raisins. This is very much a sipping beer as it does not hide itís alcohol well. However, in that capacity it is quite good. :)
Akfan (26) - USA - OCT 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This 2013 version pours an opaque brown. The nose carries a strong bourbon aroma and the 14% Abv. is certainly present with each warming swallow. Great great sipping bear and aged nicely after 3 years.
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andrepintado (2472) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - OCT 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 3er tiempo online. Dark red, copper, brown. Beige thin head. Medium high sweetness, medium bitterness. Flavour is vanilla, hops, malt, chocolate, liquorice, wood, dried fruits, citric fruits.
Berard (570) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours burgundy brown with very thin head that lingers at the glass. Mild boozy aroma over light carbonation. Boozy caramel flavor.
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Benzai (12364) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with MrHangover. Clear red color, medium sized quite quickly diminishing a bit fizzy beige head. Aroma is malts, nice fruityness, dark fruits, caramel. Taste malts, caramel, dark fruits, balanced sweetness. Alcohol well hidden, very drinkable, very balanced, good body and soft carbonation. Very nice.
MrHangover (3763) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2015 vintage, courtesy of Benzai. Pours a clear amber beer with a quickly disappearing off white head on top. Aroma of mostly red fruits, caramelized malts, slightly booze. Flavor is very sweet and fruity with a nice alcoholic backbone. Aftertaste is very boozy and sweet with soft carbonation and a light sticky mouthfeel. Very nice!
MoritzF (9151) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle, 35.5cl, vintage 2014) Slightly hazy, copper to brown colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Slightly buttery caramel-malty aroma with nutty notes, sugar, subtle fruity accents and a whiff of alcohol. Sweet flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Rich malt character with notes of caramel, butterscotch, pistachios, also subtle fruity accents; sweet malty and slightly bitter finish with a lasting cornucopia of flavours and a warming alcoholic strength. Very good. 22.IX.15
FlandersNed (392) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle - 2007 vintage. Reddish-brown hue w/some finings and a tan head of moderate height. Sugared date & fig nose. Boozy - almost like it was BBA. Tasty: aged fruit & caramel. Full body and nedium+ carbonation.