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...
katrinaez (533) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Raisin aroma and color. Some peanut brittle and an odd ripe to rotten strawberry flavor. No alcohol taste but you feel the burn down the pipe in the end. Slight sweetness and yeasty. Lots of sediment in there and I havenít even had much of the bottle. 2013 vintage in bottle.
Dorkenstein (84) - - JUN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled on 1/7/2014. Big caramel aroma; some candied orange and toffee as well. Taste is very caramel forward, followed by vanilla, toffee, light orange zest, and then bitter at the back of the tongue and booze burn when swallowing.
johnnymusky (537) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid beer...borderline barley wine....flavors are all over the place...really nice...(#515)
Torrefacto (887) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Versiůn 2015. Caoba rojizo limpio y espuma canela ligera. Aromas de frutas confitadas, mermelada de frutos rojos. Cuerpo denso y meloso. Sabor dulce de mermelada de inicio, con final de amargor seco y ligeramente astringente.
melush (1264) - SPAIN - JUN 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl. Vintage 2015.
@ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine.
A: Amber / Ambar.
T/S: Malt, alcohol, sweet, slightly fruity / Malta, alcohol, dulce, ligeramente afrutado.
McTapps (5553) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rudat in Dortmund. The beer has got a deep amber-vanilla colour with a small head and smooth body. Aroma of malt, hops, cake and rum. Taste of barley, mild hops, malt, caramel, nuts, ripe fruits, cake, rum and barrels. Smooth to drink, delicious brew.
MichaelAwesome (5552) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Die 2014er Version war es. Und die hat was auf dem Kasten gehabt ! Schoene Balance diverser Aromen wie Kaffee, Milch, Honig, Roestmalze und etwas Getreide. Sehr sueffig fuer diesen Alkoholgehalt und die Staerke wird hervorragend durch eine feine Suesse ueberlagert. Klasse.
spujr (26) - - MAY 23, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
No overwhelming flavor, nice and balanced on malt and flavor throughout. Very nice mouthfeel, creamy. No heat from the alcohol.
SKCwillie (29) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great aroma. Sweet fruit after taste which seems hide the dryness youíd expect in a 12% beer. Really pleasant, really complex flavors. Very enjoyable.
tfontana (114) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 13, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from The Drinkery, Derry NH. Aroma is strong--could smell it from over a foot away! Smell is complex of malt, fruit, alcohol, yeast. Appearance is beautiful, clear, dark red amber with champagne-like sparkling. Mild, 1/2 finger width creamy off-white head with nice crackling sound from a distance. Pretty insignificant lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with fruity sense and only the mildest alcohol detected at the end (pretty well hidden 11.9%!). Palate is velvety creaminess, medium bodied with carbonation that gives it backbone until zippy kick at the tip of the tongue at the end. Finish is wet and moderately long fruitiness. Overall, there is soooooo much to like about this beer for all of the senses! Hard to find much fault.