mcberko (9205) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 vintage. 250mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks a lot, Alex), pours a murky dark rusted mahogany - no head. Nose brings out rich dark fruits, sherry oxidation, brown sugar and some alcohol. Flavour is rich and complex, with dark dried fruits, caramel, liqueur, and just a touch of booze. The alcohol is really well-worked in for being this high. Zero carbonation - totally flat, but it works. Smooth palate. Luxurious.
Marduk (3830) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle 2010 vintage (thanks FatPhil). Clear copper color. Tiny size to almost no head. Sweet, raisins, woody, caramel, fruity aroma. Soaken wet fruits, plums, soapy, salty liquorice, oily taste. Oily slick mouthfeel. Salty licorice in aftertaste. Alcohol is there. As it warms up itís pure licorice. Soft bitterness.
FatPhil (10663) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
250ml bottle (Bacchanalia, Cambridge)
Gentle prune aroma, a heavy barley presence too, though. Deep reddy brown, flat. Slick palate, carbonation next to none-existent. I have no idea how or why, but an image of a fish has just appeared in my mind. It might be the oiliness of th palate, it might be the slight saltiness. Something soapy there too. I do get some alcohol too up the back of the nose. A little heavy, some liquoricey bitterness from the dark roasted malts and the salt. Doesnít have the yumminess I like from a barley wine, I am disappointed. The ~#10000 Barley Wine binge comes to an end.
tmrmwel (1231) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, vintage 2010 enjoyed January 2015. Pours deep dark brown, with an ever so slight reddish hue, and as good as no head. Aroma is sweet and intense, with dark malts and toffee, and loaded with dark fruity esters and notes of madeira. Medium to light body, with a touch of carbonation. Flavour is sweet roasted malts, with raisins, prunes and figs, as well as cocoa, tobacco, nuts and oak barrels.
Stuu666 (6179) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown, sweet caramel, malty toffee, rich, slightly oxidised.
mR_fr0g (5246) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell.†2010 bottle. Ruby red / caramel coloured pour with a small half of head. Aroma is salty miss soyup, dark fruit and berry. Flavour is rum, raisin, viscous, some solvent, some age. Palate is lowish body, viscous, low carbonation.
renffisch (869) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Old Ale Festival @ the Sloaney Pony. Darkest brown with a red hue. No head. Sweet treacle nose with a woody touch. Deep smooth flavour of rum raisins. Very strong by now...
Garrold (2496) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mitchellís Wines, Sheffield. Clear, dark amber. Halo of white. Sweet, treacle woodiness. Some vegetable water. Taste is heavy sweet. Not unlike a fortified wine. Relief by way of a light, vinous dryness. Palate is as chewy and thick as it gets. Loads of booze. Blimey, this is tasty gear. Getting some overripe pear juice now. This beer is all in the taste, and on the palate. Slick, boozy, chewy barley wine, that took me by surprise with its downright bigness. The tastiest £2.50 Iíve ever spent! Which is probably a bit of a bargain...
jfb (4559) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(bottle) hazy brown colour with no head. aroma of cherry juice and brown sugar, slightly oxidized, with a hint of cardboard and some treebark. flavour is mostly caramel, treebark and alcohol, with some notes of treacle and liquorice. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.
anders37 (19112) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ RBESG 2014 Sunday Tasting. Vintage 2010. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit finish.