Fatehunter (2125) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2015 2010 bottle, five years old. Pours no head on a cloudy brown body. The aroma is dry hay, grain, dirt, and super ripe plums. The taste is super sweet: fruits, caramel and candy with a little alcohol heat at the end. The texture is soft and still fizzy.
Four years old now. Almost no head on a dark and cloudy straw colored body. The aroma is mostly grain, just a hint of fruit. The taste is quite sweet but no more alcohol heat. I didn’t change the rating but I liked the 2010 bottle better in 2012.----
Over a year of sitting in the cellar. Let’s see the change.
Poured into a tulip glass. Hazy copper, half finger of head, quickly gone though.
Still smells like lots of ripe fruit: apple, orange, pear. There’s more malt to smell, dry grains.
Tastes sweet, malty, a pear and cider. Ends as a bitter sweet combo. Alcohol hidden.
Heavy body, sticky texture, low carbonation. Lasting heat but not "alcoholy".
It tastes better than a year ago. Very complex and drinkable for a high ABV.
Poured from bottle into 200 mL tulip glass. 1/4 inch dirty white head developed and quickly faded. Rust/amber color, not quite transparent. Noticeable carbonation.
Smells bright, new fruit with pear and apple most apparent. Under that is malt. Quite pleasant.
Taste like alcohol, caramel and malty sweetness. The taste lingers in the mouth for awhile afterward. Almost like the beer version of port.
Syrupy and fairly carbonated. It is heavy on the tongue.
For its style it is good. One bottle is plenty to enjoy for awhile. I have a few more of these that are going to sit in storage for a few years, maybe even a decade. I’m excited to see how time changes it.
CopterScott (244) - Kansas, USA - JUN 30, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
opaque amber color with a thin tan head that goes away. aroma is caramel, dark fruit, and yeast. Flavor is caramel, raisin, leather, and booze.
Turtles (1664) - 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 (1145) - 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 (3273) - 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 (1084) - 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 (451) - 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 (124) - , 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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 (1479) - 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 !