ThisWangsChung (836) - 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 I’m glad it didn’t. 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; it’s not as decadent as I would have liked, and doesn’t 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. It’s actually pretty damn drinkable right now! If the mouthfeel was beefed up some, this really could have been something unbelievable. As it stands, it’s 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...
Turtles (1650) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Systembolaget, vintage 2015. Deep mahogany / ruby, several small particles in the glass. Small tan head that disappears quickly and completely without leaving lacing. Sweet malty aroma, dried fruit, raisins, red apple, toffee and marzipan. Full-bodied, chewy, smooth and medium carbonated. The taste follows the aroma warm and sweet. Red apple, figs, dates, caramel, vanilla, sweet licorice and caramelized sugar. Warming bourbon notes in the finish.
alkolas510 (1136) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mörkröd /bärnstensfärgad med smutsvit skum som snabbt försvinner. Doftar och smakar russin, torkad frukt och karamellmalt. Ganska endimensionell
teddybeer (3259) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish color with an off-white head with short duration. Aroma has notes of burnt caramel, sweet malts, some dry fruits as well. Flavos is slightly sweet, no cloying, good maltiness, caramelish notes, dry fruits with a good presence of alcohol. Slightly sweetness in the final with some fruitness and caramelish hints.
GuideDogSaint (1079) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUN 6, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste of a 355ml bottle 2016 version 11.8% at Beer Station, Xiamen courtesy of Lulu. Pours hazy golden amber with a minimal head. Aroma of malt. Sweet finish. Mild alcohol.
Seffle (443) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from SB 160603. Vintage 2015.
Pours a garnet/amber with a very weak beige head. Sweet fruity nose with raisins and dried fruit over molasses and malt. The palate is too alcoholsweet. Rather unbalanced. Should have been aged more, perhaps. Orherwise nice flavours.
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bdleedahl (117) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice Belgian-esque flavour to this full bodied, high alcohol beer. Nothing off, very caramelly, with the other main flavours coming from the yeast.
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sir__v (1859) - Lille, FRANCE - MAY 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (2016) from Saveur-Biere.com - Color: deep dark brown beer with no carbonation and medium brownish ivory head. Smell: strong caramel malt attack. Really sweet, notes of brown sugar and wood nose. Very intensive nose. Sweet and caramel domination. Taste: full body with caramel attack. Caramel malt, bread notes. Very intensive and toffee presence. Good attenuation. Really sweet finish and small alcohol notes. Aftertaste: caramel toffee and sweet caramel malt with alcohol presence.
GoufCustom (1467) - HONG KONG - MAY 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle “2016” at abv 11.8% bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.
Looks: Translucent amber brown colour; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy beige foam which fades in 30 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with barely notable slight carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant Amber malt, with strong Port wine, cellar musty, brett-like barnyard, caramel, toffee, chestnuts, dark fruits, floral, sugar, yeast and grass. Pretty complex!
Taste: Strong, nicely sweet Amber malt, with strong liquor-ish alcohol, liquorices, strong dark fruits, strong assorted yellow fruits, caramel, toffee, vanilla, strong molasses, yeast, lemon, quite strong bitter hops and grass.
Body: Close to full body, Very slick and creamy palate.
Mouth Feel: Amber maltyness is strong but not overtly rich. Slick and pretty smooth throughout. Just when you think the booze will taste like the strong Brandy-ish Belgian Ambrée, it is much more restrained as light liquor (hard to pin down a style) with kust the right amount of liquorice. So nice! Ample caramel and toffee with mixes dark fruits and apricot-like yellow fruits. Sweetness is strong but as all molasses and highly enjoyable. Slightly yeasty with nice strong lemon to round. Lovingly subtle and layered!
Booze: Besides the nice light liquor-ish taste, the 11.8% is not aggressive at all, quite well-hidden and not demanding to go down. Excellent!
Hoppiness: Floral and grass in nose. Lemon and grass in taste. Bitterness combined with liquorices comes on an abrupt, mid to high astringent sweet fruity finish.
After Taste: Slightly dry. Nicely sweet and fairly liquorish-bitter to mouth.
Comments: I thought this one could be a Brandy bomb like Bush Ambrée or Bush de Noël, yet the aroma is Port-like with some brett influence, taste is subtle liquor with complex fruity and caramel, very comfy and undemanding booze, and nice hoppiness. Aging it will certainly do more wonders to this tasty Ale. Highly recommended!
BobyFischer (294) - FRANCE - MAY 20, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brune rubis limpide.Col de mousse se réduisant au minimum, balc cassé, beige clair.
Nez caramel, tonneau, acidité de tonneau, amertume.En tout cas : fa-bu-leux.
Bouche : de la force, une puissance inouïe mais beaucoup de douceur aussi, alcool présent, un caramel élevé en tonneau, belle complexité se terminant sur des notes amères.
Un superbe Barley wine, catégorisé Old Ale mais je ne sais pas à quoi cela correspond vraiment.Bon !
PS : Goûtez la XH de chez Kiuchi, c’est bon et proche !
Brewhemia (154) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/deep red color with a little off white head. Looks nice. Aroma is subtle of sweet candy but with depth and complexity. The taste is sweet. Notes of figs among other things. A distant roastyness to the finish. Good tasting beer!