Creedence (261) - 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.
smelvis (2) - IRELAND - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely deep amber/ ruby colour with a frothy head. Plenty of caramel and toffee with a woody undertone on the nose. Very full bodied but great balance between the sweet dark malt and bitter hops and nicely backed up by a significant alcoholic punch. Very good
ACD (564) - 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.
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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. Nice
garthicus (2570) - 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.
Beersiveknown (2395) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore
hazy ruby chestnut with foamy beige tinted head. Rich earthy red berries and dried orange peel. Medium carbonation, full bodied, curaco, sticky malt, Turkish delight, pithy bitterness, some higher alcohols. Savoury malt loaf, building sultanas and oranges. Sweet finish.
bierkoning (9756) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Garthicus, thanks! Dark amber color. Plums and grassy hops in the aroma. Malty sweet, earthy floral and grassy hopbitter flavor. Slightly alcoholic, dominant hops. Hints of oak. Very nice!
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a lazing beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, over ripe fruits, alcohol, and spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alcohol, over ripe fruits, and alcohol, leading to a bitter finish.
madsberg (9530) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma. Ripe fruits, sweetenss, spice, Flavour. Ripe fruits, spice, light herbs, caramel and sweetness. Medium bodied. ends herbal bitter.
culchiem (2222) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Murky amber with a thin head. Aroma is fruity plum. Flavour is intense warming dark fruit, sticky sugar on a malty alco base.