Marsiblursi (2989) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle, one million thanks to TheSheeseMan and WeeHeavySD) Pours dark brown with some dark red notes and a fast decreasing sand colored head on top of everything. The aroma is complex, well balanced and fat with malty tones of (burned) caramel, fudge and some chocolate, dark fruits like raisins, prunes and fresh figs are also notable. Oaky, alcohol-ish and vinous with tones of red wine, mature blue grapes, oxidation, brandy, port, butter and light vanilla. Undertones of pumpernickel, apples, nutshells, dark syrup, old sunlit wood facade and brown sugar. The flavour is of syrupy caramel malt and mild oxidation that keeps each other balanced, very vinous with notes of port, red wine and brandy, lots of dark bread tones, dark fruits like raisins and prunes but also some apples, some well-integrated oak with hints of vanilla and butter alongside of some of dark chocolate and sal ammoniac. No taste of alcohol but a great deal of warmth and numbing qualities. The mouthfeel is soft, gentle yet fairly sticky and numbing. Medium to heavily sweet and light bitter. Aftertaste of dark bread, red wine, sticky syrup and dark fruits. Medium to full bodied. The aroma is amazing and the flavour keeps on growing for every zip. This beer sucks… NOT.
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A brown beer with a beige head. The aroma and taste is oxidiced, of caramel malt, vanilla, wood and fruits, some alcohol. MEdium to full body with a sweet alcoholic finish.
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. 2005 vintage. Rich dark mahogony beer with a tan head. Brandy, caramel, rich malt aroma. Sweet brandy, caramel, rich malt flavor. Nice complexity. Great flavor. Medium body. Hides alcohol more than the bourbon. Lingering brandy, raisin, caramel, and sweet malt. Lighter flavor but more lively than bourbon.
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botttle (375ml, green, corked & caged). Huge shout out to Richard - IrishBoy answered my SOS for a milestone beer a few months ago - thank you man!. 2005 vintage. *Rating #3000* two years, eleven months and 1 day after joining up. Wow, what a ride. Poured deep burnt umber, with a small head, looks great. The aroma seems to be mostly well-aged dry oak resin, musty, leafy and not as boozy as I expected; I’m getting minerally peat, some red wine tannins, dried candied brandy-soaked fruit, weak spicy yeast and under all that vague roast malt - lot going on here. The taste - wow, like chewing a well-aged brandy-sodden cask - brandy, sweet soft oak resin, vinous and fruity, with big but softened alcohol presence - as it warms it seems more and more like a strong brandy-filled dark chocolate on Christmas day, warms the ears and soul, and has a long, sweet/complex fruity-oaky finish. Very lively mouthfeel, there really, really is about 15% ABV here, but it’s sticky, slightly herbal under the oak, with a malt backbone that seems tastier and better balanced than regular Old Stock. Overall one of the best Barrel aged brews I’ve had yet - retains the base-beer character yet is transformed and enhanced by the aging - and best of all, it’s NOT bourbon. Well. That’s 3000. Thanks, Richard (and all you crazy guys who helped me get here via sharing and trades) - I wonder what’s up next? Maybe getting garthicus to 1000 heh heh heh. Slainte, all!
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
375ml bottle with big thanks to Ty! I decided to crack this puppy open to celebrate my winning a cycling race this morning (it’s been a couple years since my last victory, so it feels good). Poured a deep reddish-brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, wood, brandy, dark fruits, caramel, and a little nutty. Very nice aroma. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, brown sugar, oaky woodiness, and tobacco. Medium alcohol burn in the finish (but not 14+%). Very nice!
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottle 37,5 cl) Courtesy of toncatcher/fordest. Pours a very cloudy orangey brown with a small, beige head. Distinct oaky aroma. Extremely full-bodied, low in carbonation. Very sweet caramel flavours - almost a little sticky. Plenty of overripe fruit flavours and oak - wonderful oak. No bitterness but an extremely warming alcohol. Almost cognac-like. A drink for the gods, oh how I dig this. Yum - big time. 190408
Ungstrup (29018) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled tasted blind. An unclear red-brown beer with no head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel and over ripe fruits. The flavor is sweet mlaty with notes of over ripe fruits, alcohol, hops, and whiskey, leading to a bitter finish. I have no idea why I picked up whiskey in this one - but I did.
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a lightly hazy, burgundy color with a small, off white head that left little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma of brandy, vanilla, dried fruits, oak, caramel malts, nuts, raisins, and oxidation which melds perfectly with the brandy bottle. Taste of dried fruits, caramel malts, resiny tobacco, green hops, oak, vanilla, more oxidation, with some roast, cocoa, and sharp alcohol in the finish. Thanks Chris!
TomDecapolis (4425) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 22, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to egadjzis for sharing this one. Pours a deep chestnut with a bunch of ruby notes and a small bubbly off white head. Aroma of dark fruits, toffee, wood, vanilla, brandy, mixed nuts, caramel, toasted notes and some malty sweetnes. The flavor mirrors the aroma. The same dark fruits, caramel, toffee, toasted sweet malts, vanilla and nuts. I could sip and sniff this one all night long.
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Muddy with tiny beige head. Sweet vinious aroma with notes of caramel, ripe fruits. Sweet vinious flavor with sherry notes, overripe fruits, roasted malt and caramel. Sweet flavor with vinious, sherry and madeira notes. I get overripe fruits, toffee and caramel notes. Ends sweet with alcohol touch.