ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed 12/29/2012.12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with low clarity and even a bit of opacity. The head is impressive for damn near 12% - a one finger light mocha color with a pretty texture and excellent retention for the gravity. Good lacing, too.
S: Very forward in sweet caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and molasses. The booze that comes through almost has a bourbon character to it which I find to be very pleasing.
T: Wow, this is sweet, just as I expected. The usual suspects - brown sugar, caramel, molasses, chocolate, and toffee - all appear vibrant on the initial taste. I can notice earthen malts/hops and a more expressive note of vinous sourness on the midtaste, which not only dries out the huge sweetness, but does a good job, too. Finish is a hybrid of dark fruits, vanilla, leather and bourbon-esque booziness, though every so often it will shift from being like bourbon to being port-like (less vanilla and more raisin and grape). With a bit more tannin presence, this could almost pass for a BA brew at times. Overall complexity is subtle instead of forceful; the latter could have just as easily killed this one, and Iím glad it didnít. Not super drinkable, but wonderful to savor.
M: I think the carbonation could be a little less forceful (not necessarily weaker, though) This is actually fairly clean and dry at first, but becomes a little more oily and lingering after a few sips. A bit airy and insubstantial; itís not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesnít quite do the flavor profile justice. Still, this is less harsh than it could have been - but I think a year in the cellar would do it wonders.
O: Better than I expected. Itís actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, itís still an excellent old ale. Seemingly lacking in frills, it instead chooses to sneak up on the palate with a wonderful - if not readily apparent at first - depth of flavor and complexity. Wish I bought more than a single...
Dahlstrom (160) - Nygatan 29, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
APPEARANCE: Amber color with a small head. AROMA: caramel, dried fruits and alcohol. TASTE: reflects the aroma. PALATE: medium bodied, low carbonation and low bitterness.
vjohans (660) - SWEDEN - APR 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
vanilla, woody, caramel, bread, toast, toast, brown, hazy, tan foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
mikeyo1 (581) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. 2012 vintage - cellared. Pours a deep amber liquid with a stable medium sized, tan head. Aroma is like opening a bag of candy - fruity sweet. Slightly vinous with dark fruits and loads of sweet maltiness, carmamel, toffee. Hints of milk chocolate. Warming alcohol. Taste is similar with a big body and great duration. Residual sweetness lingering throughout. Flavor is moderately vinous and has notes of dark and red fruits, caramel, toffee,alcohol, syrup, sweet candy, biscuits, spices.
Vertical tasting with a young 2015 bottle: Itís reminiscent but with a quite distinct grainy character in comparison. Its fruity and sweet but without as much intensity and mellowness gained from the sweet candy/caramel/toffee character (which is so nice) in vintages if this beer.
Pedro_Pinho (93) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, slightly redish liquid with off white head. Aroma is mainly bread to me. Smooth, but rather anonimous taste. Not bad, but definitely overrated.
MarcoDL (3636) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tasting. Copper orange color. Aroma of sweet malt, raisin, grain and ripe fruit. Thick taste of sweet raisin, caramelised malt, toffee and ripe fruit. Bit like a barley wine. Not bad, could use some aging.
EdKing (2308) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2015 from the Great British Beer festival 2015. Third beer from this brewery and each one has been magnificent. This is listed as an old ale, but itís profile feels more towards a barley wine. Colour is murky, rich reddish orange. Deep rusty with off white beige head which dissipates to nothing. Nose is sublime. Big fruity, particularly dried apricot, stewed plum, prune, pear, barley sugar, ripe fruit. What a joy to have a big American ale which is not cloying with pine and citrous fruit. Taste is ripe fruit, prune, plums, apricot, slight citrous bitterness, tangy fruit, raisins and sultanas, fruit bready. Deep, rich fruity beer. Stunning. Congratulations to the brewers. This is excellence.
Evolutionary (443) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from andersons. 2015 vintage. Nose is malt and dark fruit. Body follows and is smooth with mild alcohol bite. Flowery and dark sugars like molasses mix in for a good balance. Look forward to Trying these one a year.
chinchill (3801) - South Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz 2015 bottle allowed to warm for about 25 minutes then served in a Porter Bar goblet.
Aroma: complex mix of various dark dried fruits, fruitcake, and hints of toffee.
Flavor: similar to the aroma; good complexity and balance. Sweet for style, leaning a bit towards a barleywine.
Feel: full and smooth but with more alcohol heat than optimal. Light but appropriate carbonation.
Overall: excellent; clearly I ought to get more and age it a while.
colui72 (554) - HONG KONG - APR 14, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2016 vintage (11.8%)
It pours dark amber/brown with a thin yellowish head. Aroma is lot of malts and some ripe berries. Taste is of a classic English strong ale, very malty, sweet, bready and boozy, no hops. Full bodied, low carbonation, A slow sipper, nearly a barley wine. Excellent.
Christpuncher (2555) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2016
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 20/20
2011 vintage that i got as a throw in on a trade. aroma is grape and wine. flavor is really smooth, some grapes and malty sweetness. no bite for a 12% ABV beer. nice pickup on a trade. pours reddish orange witha a thick tan head. had out of a 12 oz bottle