bartlebier (3303) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JUN 10, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cl bb10/2016 (seems a bit prudish for a barley wine), via BH. - Bref: unripe quince, pear and orchard fruit peel and raw cocoa powder reach a heady point of overhopped saturation, ending in harsh tobacco and tea leaf. A superboost braonblastá that did not fall on my palate like a tasty drop. - Sherry aromas, suffused cured wood and Quittenobstler, old and spent cognac (apple). - Galena bitterness adds earthy and wooden bitters, but sparse like soils and twigs (cf. Chimay Rouge). - Harsh mouthfeel, all bitters even from the speciality malts, very little malt cushions or fruit sweetness. Dried toffee maybe, apple skins on autumn soil. - US Barleywine has always been a bit of an overkill style, but this one seems particularly immature in its low drinkability.
ciocanelu (1053) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JAN 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany color with beige head. Aroma is pretty weak, just some sweet malts and alcohol, also a bit tart. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramel malt but gets quickly bitter and hoppy. Earthy, resiny hops dominate the finish and linger in the aftertaste. Body is medium and slightly sticky. Not bad but it lacks some complexity.
Douberd (4622) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Porterhouse Louder) Bottle 330 ml at home thanks to Beersiveknown, Served into a snifter, ABV 11%
Deep red colour on the body, with a huge, thick tan head on top, with very good retention, helped by its size.
Aroma of caramel, red fruits, marmalade, soap, mold.
Taste has also caramel, red fruits, light tofee, alcohol, malts, marmalade.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Good, nice sipper.
FatPhil (13256) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle (Alus Celle, Riga)
Sweet caramelly aroma. Nice deep red. Slightly fizzy carbonation. Simple heavy malty body, a bit of burnt dustiness, quite a bit of dark caramel. Sweet palate, a bit thin though, carbonation quite high. Disappointing and dead.
Marduk (6004) - Reval, ESTONIA - SEP 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Clear deep copper color. Small size, yellow head, stays. Sweet, caramel, mild hops, toffee in aroma. Raisins, toffee, caramel, mild bittering hops in taste. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Soft fizzy carbonation. I like it.
harrisoni (16927) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at the Porterhouse in Covent Garden. Clear chestnut colour lasting beige head. Sour hoppy malty alcoholic aroma. Pine hops. Very malty. A little thin. That’s a surprise. Big wild not exactly subtle or balanced but certainly entertainment in a glass.
Beerhammaren (1594) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
.33l bottle @ Hanniku’s Cave. Pours cloudy dark reddish brown with low head. Aroma is alcohol, berries, malts, syrup, caramel, honey, bread, nuts and liquorice. Flavor is dark malts, salty liquorice, berries, wine notes, dried ftuits and alcohol, which kicks a bit tii much. Woody.
Desverger (7704) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared@CBC Clerkenwell, London (03/06/2015) - dark brown coloured pour with beige head. Medium sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, dried fruity and nutty, spicy, sweet finish.
erickok (5169) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Heavy beer. Aroma is English and a bit dimmed. Dark dusty malts. But I love the heavy taste, warming alcohol, tea, roasted, dank. Nice stuff. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
mR_fr0g (8494) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at craft beer co clerko. Many thanks to Colin for this one. Nice bright reddy amber coloured pour with a halo of off white head. Aroma is nutty, dried fruit, varnish, little Belgian yeast. Flavour is composed of nutty treacle, dried fruit, sweet toffee apple. Palate is sweet, tangy, lowish carbonation. Little chewy on tongue.