deanso (4475) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle from ABCBeers.
Thick creamy off white head. Clear deep burgundy pour. A smooth barley wine.
BOSSbrewer (1232) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Casey. From a 2005 bottle. Pours a reddish dark brown. Lots of prunes sweet malt and chocolate in the nose. Lots of dark fruits in the flavor. Mildly carbonated. Very nice beer.
prawlie (1040) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into bowl shaped glass. Very dark, with a creamy head. Malty, light roast aroma, smells good. Smooth, dry, with good body. Light roast malt. Good but lacks the depth of the likes of Gulden Draak.
jmgreenuk (3219) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewery. Poured a clear dark brown with a broken off white head. The aroma is rich and surprisingly alcoholic leading to a strong bitter flavour with a malt alcohol liqourice palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Could do with just a little more alcohol I feel. It needs to burn a little more than it does.
kermis (4189) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours clear brown with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, sweet fruit and raisin. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Osprey87 (1083) - London via, WALES - SEP 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purchased a couple of weeks ago from brewery. Ratebeer describes it as an ’old ale’ but it describes itself as a ’barley wine’. Drunk on a horrible rainy night. Pours a fairly boring dark brown/black with very little head. Not looking that inspiring! Smell is pungent caramel, toffee, old ale, ’raisin’, maybe some raspberry/strawberry in the background. Body is light to medium, a little foamy. Taste - plenty of toffee, raisin, spice. It’s very similar to the Founders Dirty Bastard that I’ve just finished, but the body is slightly inferior so it loses a mark for that.
zimbo (464) - SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a Craig’s tasting in Eberger.
Very smooth. No carb at all. Light richness with that nice medicinal quality I often assocuate with good old ales. Some soothing red fruit and caramel too.
stravale (1801) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s 271012
Dark caramel, soft haze, off white frothy head
Aroma - soft toffee malts, some nice soft raisin malts, mellow
Taste - caramel malts, nice toffee malts, dark fruity malts, raisin
Palate - soft carb, smooth texture. Finish as main flavour, smooth
Overall - Tasty mellow smooth old ale
sfhodense (4792) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a beige head. Aroma is biscuit malt, dark fruit and toffee. Flavour is malt, dark fruit, toffee, flowery hop and sweet notes which is well balanced by some nice hop bitterness.
AshtonMcCobb (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 17, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Cloisters. Pours dark and opaque with no head. The nose has toffee and maybe figs. The taste has figs and more toffee. The palate is sickly sweet - big structure but struggled to finish the bottle.