Nocturne (970) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 bottle. Pours out dark amber with a thin ring of head. Evolving aroma of fruit cake, cognac fruitiness, prune and chocolate. Slight medicinal quality. Taste is not quite so complex, more toffee-heavy, doesn’t show as many nuances as the aroma. Not as sweet as I thought. Mouthfeel a little thin and undefined. Solid barley wine but not top tier.
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Big treacly malt nose, oranges, nuts, something slightly meaty and savory. Orange-brown with lace. Oily, silky body. Sweet flavor of treacle, orange, caramel, with a peppery hop finish. Nice balance.
TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale brown color. Sweet malty, burnt raisins, brown sugar, frangelico, treacles, very strong nose. The mouth is sweet malty, with brown sugar and burnt raisins. Big full bodied, moderately hoppy. Warming. Enjoyable, but after the nose it is a bit directionless.
Leini (1096) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sample at a tasting. 2012 year edition. Red, with a thin white head. Will most likely benefit of being forgotten a while, as it was quite unbalanced.
Scopey (8035) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Pre-Zwanze. It pours dark brown with a small white head. The nose is freshly baked bread, fruit cake, raisin, toffee, brown sugar and light oxidation. The taste is raisin, toffee, earth, caramel, butterscotch, honey and sweet fruit cake. Medium body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Wow...pretty damn sweet! A desert beer for sure, but a challenging drink if you don’t have a sweet tooth!
teorn88 (3489) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25cl bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Paul. Aroma is sweet with toffee, caramel and dried dark fruits. Some booze. Taste is sweet with toasted coconut, raisins and figs. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Overall, good one.
Leighton (13012) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the the Pre-Zwanze tasting - London. Thanks to Paul. Pours clear amber with a fine, creamy tan head. Nose has some oxidised malts, dried fruits, toffee. Big sweet flavor, pleasant aged character, toasty bread, dry toffee. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish, lots of cake, toffee, figs. Very tasty stuff. The years have added some interesting nuance here.
mR_fr0g (4515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2014 Bamberg jolly day 2 25/01/2014. Bottle shared at Cafe Abseits grand tasting. Bright orange dark copper colour with a fleeting white head. Aroma is strawberry jam, wood and hot alcohol. Sweet and jammy. Flavour is sweet, jammy, orange, marmelade. Paalate is sticky sweet, smooth. Quite clean.
Bottle at pre zwanze tasting. Aroma is caramel mint. Orange caramel small head. Sweet caramel toffee. Really sticky sweet. Too sweet for me.
McTapps (4991) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours out in a deep dark amber / brown colour with steady low head and smooth body. Delicious nose of plums and raisins. Taste of raisins, rum, cask, oak, plums, sour berries and nuts. Hints of thin coffee and chocolate. Light sour touch, but deeply enjoyable and nice. Enjoyed it a lot, though I missed some body and deepness.
MichaelAwesome (4982) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from balderbitch - thank you a lot. Strong one for sure but with not a big hint of alcohol at all. Nice, really fruity and quite filled with plums and raisins. Definitely a great one for the colder autmun evenings. Superb piwo with superb aromas.