Theydon_Bois (16903) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2009) from an IP trade cheers to Ronny (rlgk) split at JF’s, 03/11/13.
Dark orange amber with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is toffee, dates, dark fruits, boozey, sugars.
Taste comprises toffee fudge, caramelised sugar, dates, cake mix, brown sugars, dates.
Fullish bodied, fine carbonation, sweet booze in the finale.
Solid BW, good balance and not to sweet.
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25 cl bottle from Systembolaget. Lovely dark amber color. Cream and pineapple in aroma. Some roasted caramel and perhaps smoke in flavor. Way too sweet for my liking, but probably a nice complement to ice cream, chocolate or fruit cakes. Come to think of it, this would be great with Pannetone!
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Ratman197 (13290) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip bottle courtesy of Hackobock (thanks Jacob!) poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of toffee, tobacco. dried fruit and light sherry. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee,dried fruit, tobacco and light sherry with a smooth lingering toffee finish.
Nocturne (1805) - 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 (9310) - 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 (5049) - 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 (1807) - SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 2014 year edition. Clear amber, with a thin white head. Dried fruit, madeira, alcohol, light syrup.
Scopey (12536) - 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 (6494) - Out of the EU, 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 (18529) - 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.