Pinball (10136) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage swingtop bottle from barley wine, best before aug.1.2007
cloudy amber, smooth light brown head.
Barley wineish (english style) aroma has developed, hops are gone. Left is a quite delicate old hops and spices aroma, the spices are dominated by cloves, also a dried fruity note to it. Flavor is quite bitter with a dried fruity and spicy base. I get cloves, bitter fruit peel, bitter caramel, overripe banana without the sweetness, Quite a bitterspicy experience. Not the best english style barleywine i’ve tasted, but it was never intended to be aged for this long. No obvious signs of infection or oxidation, but tastes a lot like "old beer".
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep caramel, moderate to large rocky white head, fairly nice lacing.   Spicy nose, seems to be a bit like Necco wafers.   Has that powerdy sugar nose.   Otherwise some minor dark pitted fruit and alcohol.   Muted and dull hop character up front.   A little musty, muted spices.   Again with the Necco wafer like candy.   Its a flavor that is common with Anchor Our Special Ale.   This example is has more of an earthy aspect to it.   Not very bright overall, dull hop and dull spices.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Decent winter offering, but not very bright.   Could be that its an aged bottle?   Its similar to Anchor Our Special Ale, but in a light version.   Wished it had more of a malty backbone to it.
Travlr (9829) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky brown color, scant head. Aroma of spiced hot chocolate and coffee. Taste is similar, with cinnamon and nutmeg. Decent.
BeerSkull (1070) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh nose with aromas of chocolate, orange and brown sugar. Sweet malty taste with spicy hop notes, that somewhat reminds me of swedish julmust. Aftertaste is long, slighthly burnt and bitter. Full bodied with good taste!
MPA (753) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - JUL 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (from the november 2005 RB-tasting at Dixens place - notes have been damaged by flooding of my basement, but this was such an insane tasting for me as I was new to such massive tastings, so I gave up on the detailed notes quite early). Delicious, hoppy aroma of flowers. Hoppy and bitter flavour. Nice!
LoFi (1432) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, best before 16.09.10, bottled 18 months earlier.
Slightly hazy amber, porous tan head, some lacing.
Aroma: toffee, fruit.
Taste: toffee, dried fruits, almonds?, syrup or brown sugar, some spices.
Just above medium-bodied, smooth.
Heavily hopped according to the bottle, but that has faded now. Instead more of a sweet and malty ale. Rating what I have here, and it is really good.
Koelschtrinker (9467) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dezent hopfiger und etwas kräuterartiger Antrunk. Dieser bleibt bestehen, der Hopfen wird etwas schwächer, eine röstige und überaus milde Malznote rückt nach. Süffig, wenig würzig. Zum Ende aber dann doch malziger, dern Hopfen wirkt weiter in seiner weichen milden Art. 10/8/9/7/8/8
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The beer pours a dark murky brown, similar to a quad with a very light tan head, not much retention or lacing.
The aroma is light showing mostly a little spice.
The taste is super strong like coffe mixed with winter spice. No clue where the coffee came from, but its not a welcome surpirse.
The feel is medium with a smooth finish, not very drinkable.
This beer is pretty blah, nothing anything special.
glennmastrange (2030) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate malt and hops of roasted and cooked grapefruit, light earth for the yeast, with hints of raisin, wood and cinnamon. Head is small, creamy, off-white with fair slippery lacing and good thick legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is murky orange/brown. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, lightly creamy with a soft to lively carbonation and a astringent and very dry finish. A very potent American Strong Ale with a finish that makes you want more.
POLK (1920) - Hørning, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great hoppy aroma with a hint of coriander, delicious taste of hops, a little fruity, maybe not a typical Christmas beer but very good.