TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled vintage 2006.
Clear dark ruby red, steady small brown head. Toffeish, caramelly, dark fruits, burnt malts in the nose. Soft, liquerish palate. Toffee, roasted malts, some licorice. Brandy-like warming alcohol in the aftertaste.
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a sort of muddy brownish red color with a short lived tan head that settles down to a thin ring.
S: A strong aroma of dark fruits, leather, toffee, and dark sugars. There is a mild alcoholic presence in the form of sherry, rum which works nicely with the plums and raisins.
T: There is a bitterness and dryness that wasnít quite expected. The leathery quality really shines through along with some dark/burnt sugars. Surprisingly, the fruits are somewhat subdued.
M: The body is full with a smooth carbonation. A bit sticky and chewy as well.
D: Not the best of the old ales that Iíve come across. Perhaps I need to try this one at varying ages to see how it might differ.
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, with little head and a mild carbonation; Aroma like cognac, although a few of us were tasting this and arguing over which kind of spirit we were smelling. Smooth palate, as the malts wash over you. Iíve never had a beer this big with Maris Otter before. Warming, complex and delicious. A fireside ale.
Dedollewaitor (15579) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one really burns my cheek & throat. A lot of sweet - dark fruits - prune & raisin. Good amount of hops and warming & clearly visible alcohol. A true sipper - but again almost too powerfull. Medium body - sticky texture.
MiP (15304) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hoppy aroma. Nice, peppery, malty flavour with some bonbon. Dark chestnut colour. Good body.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2004 - 11,4%) at home - drinking it now. Unclear red/brown - light yellow head. Chokolate, raisins, dried fruits, caramel, toffee, high sweetness, pretty high hoppy, vineous, portwine, alcho-burn. A bit sharp finish !!
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Otsuchi Bottle. Pours reddish chestnut brown. Off white head. Nose/taste of grapes, chestnuts, almonds, toffee and brown sugar. Heavily carbonated. A touch sweet on the palate. Medium body.
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, pours a beautiful amber brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, malt and alcohol. Flavour is brown sugar, roasted malts, fruit and alcohol, the alcohol being very dominant. Great warming effect on the finish. Wonderful barley wine.
Benzai (14269) - 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.
gunnfryd (14183) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Rousty red with a beige head. Aroma is lacegist with malt, hop and alcohol. Flavour is roastedlaqerish, hop, and caramel. Bitter finish.