Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at ICBF 13. Pours a deep red amber, with a thick lasting beige head. I got a lot of chocolate, molasses and heavy toffee on the aroma. Big boozy sweetness in the flavour, which, despite it being pure maltiness, remains quite complex. Very smooth with a nice sweet aftertaste. Great and big beer.
ciaranc (801) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. Very dark amber pour, big creamy lasting off-white head. Big resiny hoppy nose, notes of fruits, caramel and cake. Flavour is intense, sweet caramel, bitter grapefruit, big whack of alcohol. Fizzy, medium bodied, warming alcohol finish.
garthicus (2658) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Bull & Castle. Appearance: dark ruby red, medium thickness dirty white head. Aroma: malty with a great deal of musky perfume, some dark fruits with a hint of sweetness. Flavour: Yikes, big boozy first flavour with a ton of malt and a ton of dark fruit (raisins, prunes, figs). Quite a biscuit like taste too with a very long malty sweet finish. Nice but an odd beer to release in June & not in the winter.
ACD (621) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask conditioned at Porterhouse Temple Bar. Deep copper pour with thin white-ish head. Aroma gives loads of dark fruit, really heavy pine resin, grapefruit, and thick sweet caramel. Taste gives an initial rush of really sticky pine resin, plenty of thick sweet caramel, raisins, some nuttiness, red berry, citrus, more pine resin, some slightly metallic notes. This is big - especially for an Irish brew. Full oily mouthfeel. Loads of pine and caramel coat the mouth long into the aftertaste. Not much of a booze note surprisingly. Pretty thick and soupy on cask, apparently will be kegged in the coming weeks - think that extra CO2 could give it the lift it needs. Really impressed Porterhouse have had the cojones to do a truly American-inspired barley wine, well done fellas.