kermis (4190) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared from a non-ratebeer friend. Pours hazy amber brown with a tiny ring bubble beige head. Aroma of raisins, soy, molasses, overripe fruit, prunes. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate bitter, marmite coming out in the palete. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
deanso (4478) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle via a friend vintage 2005.
Raisin aroma. No head or carbination. Very smooth. An awesome brew.
kevinsenn (942) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Bottle from PaulHegedus - thanks a lot! Pours clear ruby with no head or lacing. Aroma of raisin, dark fruit, marshmallow, booze, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Taste is amazingly smooth for a nearly 12% brew. Raisin, brandy, port, grape, with a slightly warm finish. Super-light on the carbonation, which is fine because it is simply not needed with this Port-like sipper. I really liked this.
merc7186 (1645) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 vintage, edition 8353
I had this beer served at cellar temperature, from a 8.5 oz bottle, into a Duchesse De Bourgogne chalice.
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Little Light, Brownish White Head, Minimal Lacing
S: Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Bread, Plums, Mild Black Licorice, Mild Bourbon
T: Dark Fruit (plums and cherries), Vanilla, Bread, Mild Bourbon, Mild Boozy
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Sweet, Dry, Mildly Boozy
Overall, its been a long time since Ive had a 2006 and it is as good as ever. Thankfully, it was not my last one...if you ever have a chanceto pick up some Thomas Hardys, buy it and bury it.
DrSilverworm (4723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
8.5oz bottle, shared by caterwaul. 2008 vintage, bottle reads "No. T 07296". Dark brown / red color. Minimal head. Kind of bubbly head on the top, thatís it, couple bits of lace. Dark fruit, dates, hint of chocolate in the nose. Very light carbonation. Bigger body, but not sticky and syrupy like JW Leeís beers. More of a clean, sticky dry finish. Lighter bitter taste, moderate sweet taste. Pretty awesome English barleywine. Much more complex and easy drinking than JW leeís, a way better representation of the style.
77ships (3256) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 Vintage. Obtained in a trade with Dedollewaitor. Thx! Personal contribution @ "I cannot believe that you brought your own beer to a beer festival" @ Modeste 2013. 25 cl. bottle split by 2. #43437. Dark raspberry, brown, hazy, no head. Incredible oxidation notes nose, lots of nuts,hazlenuts, sherry, walnuts, sweet malts, sugar, very interesting wild herbs which I cannot specify. Huge warming taste, cane sugar, very thick toffe, candy, almost Brazilian rum, complex bark & leaves notes, quite warming, lots of things going on, touch cobwebs, medicinal tea, hop oil, hazlenuts, walnuts & even more, which is hard to note. Thick, warming, oily & almost zero carb. Very impressive & very complex. Reputation confirmed.
kraddel (2323) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thnx to 77ships
Pours redbrown , no real foam
Smell is sweet , apple based
Sweet , boozy ( a bit )
Taste is sweet , malty , sugary . Bit caramel , . Very nice
Ferris (1865) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Vintage 2006 - Dark sugar, caramel, toffee, plum and a bit of raisin. Deep cloudy amber with no head. Molasses, toffee, raisin, chocolate and a caramel and booze finish. Very complex, no carbonation and very nice. Even in the small bottle, share it as it is a big beer.
Vintage 2008 - Much more vibrant than 2006 with vinous notes and alcohol present. Different, but not better. Coloring is slightly lighter. Much like the nose the edges are more pronounced as is the alcohol. Again different but not better or worse. This is a great vertical as it shows how age mellows without really changing the taste profile.
Lukaduke (1669) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Jstax ! Pouring this to the dome to start off my birthday breakfast... Pours a deep mahogany color with a trace of bubbles rising to the top. On the nose its sweet brown sugar, rustic earthy leather, raisin and soft caramel. The mouthfeel is completely flat with no carbonation yet the beer is still very drinkable. Not overly sweet but sweet enough with lots of earthy notes and some dried fruit to balance out the sweetness. Caramel, raisin, leather, touch of grass... little bit of boozy heat on the finish.
JStax (2563) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2008 bottle. Pours a darker mahogany with a creamy head of beige foam. Good retention. The aroma has rich caramels, wood, vanilla, toffee, and nougat. Tastes on the sweeter side. Mellow caramels and toffee taste and through to the finish. Really nice, just like the older vintages. Definitely one of my all time favorites.