Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured murky, deeper brown with a well-retained, toasted marshmallow head.. not the best color, but it set up nicely. The aroma picked up aged bready malts, caramel, and darker fruits with accents of oxidation and spicy yeast.. more fruit on the back of the nose as it warmed up.. not nearly as much boozage as I expected. The flavor found an array of aged, toasted bready malts at the core with light, tart fruit skins laced throughout.. touches of dry, cardboardey oxidation too.. finished very dry with fruity/yeasty notes and peppery alcohol. Medium-plus bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. sharp and tart in places I really didn’t need it.. overall the alcohol was well-hidden.. this was aiight.
CanIHave4Beers (3321) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep red with a small head.
Aroma is floral with some light caramel, some nice licorice, and some brandy notes.
The flavor is boozy, with a nice light roastiness, some toasted caramel, some nice almost brandied raisin character.
Pretty darned nice.
Phillies08Champs (699) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle from my cellar. Pours medium brown with red hew like stove top candy. nose is cherry licorice, brown malt, and brown sugar, taste is similar with a nice mouthfeel. finish is hard candy and honey.
madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
5th May 2013
Cloudy amber - brown beer. Little pale tan head. Palate is slightly soft with fine carbonation. Mild creamy malt with an unsweet toffee streak. Touch of dried fruits and a whisper of bubblegum ester. Finishes dry. Not bad. Hides the abv well!
fletchfighters (1096) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber into a tulip
Dark toffee/ caramel color. Half finger of off white head. Falls off quickly to a thin collar. Some thickness shown in the ABV legs. Little to no lacing.
Nose is warm, melted brown sugar, toffee, prunes and raisin. Alcohol is well hidden in the nose.
Taste is pretty much the same as above. Touches of sherry in the taste with the above. Not as jammy as others and a bit one dimensional as very forward caramel and raisin.
Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Slightly sweet. Missing something I thought, as just very one dimensional. Nice beer though
ineedbeer (783) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled Nov. 2011
Aroma is fairly fruity and sweet with a medium low sherry character. Fruit is dominated by raisin with some prune, plums and a hint of banana chips. Light toasted bread note and medium low caramel aroma. Light toffee is also present but this beer is not very malt forward.
Pours a somewhat murky brown with a good amount of amber and ruby highlights. Very faint, light tan head that quickly recedes to the edges. No lacing and medium low legs.
Flavor is a bit more malt forward than the aroma. Some moderate toasted bread notes, faint roast, light chocolate, moderate caramel and toffee. There is a medium high bitterness that is fairly harsh and medium low alcohol spice to the finish. The fruit notes are medium low and are raisin and prune mostly. Finish is prune, chocolate and alcohol spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Medium astringency and moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall not a great barleywine even with the age. The fruit does not meld well with the bitterness and astringency and leaves a really bad finish. The malt is not assertive enough to balance everything else going on in this beer.
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small yellow-beige head, not very persistent, over clear red-chestnut coloured beer. Rich cake nose with milk chocolate, bit of dried fruit; chocolate-covered fruit (prunes?). Bitter-hoppy, with a syrupy, cakey background. Hints at liqueur, and grapes or plums on spirit. Further hints at citruspeel, vinous character; Warming up, starts to acquire Belgian pralines properties, chocolatey, raisins. Feels a lot more carbonated than it looks. Viscous, well-bodied. Long bitter/ish aftertaste. Vinous BW. Nice!
Koelschtrinker (10831) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stark malziger Antrunk. Süß röstig, wenig alkoholisch. Intensiv, etwas Mohn, weich, dennoch sehr aromatisch. Noch etwas würziger werdend, süß malzig röstiges Finish. 11/12/11/12/12/12
Ernesto987 (3768) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich and caramelly, toffee notes, thick body, it’s good. Thanks pretty things
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium tulip produces a two finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head; this leave some nice, light lacing as I work my way through this beer. The beer is a rich, concentrated, not quite burnt, amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby stained, bright amber color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of concentrated, caramelized, nutty, sweet malt. Concentrated fruit aromatics (raisins, some prune notes, perhaps some date character, and a bright currant aroma), touches of roasted malt, cherry soaked, brown sugar encrusted cake, as well as a brandy like fruit character; interestingly enough, this last does not smell like alcohol very much, this beer actually manages to hide the 13+% ABV quite well in the nose.
Fairly sweet, dense, with a lingering toasted, nutty, roasted malt character to it in the finish. The roast character does a good job of cleaning the sweet, concentrated malt from the palate in between sips. The alcohol adds a bit of a solvent like note to the flavor in the finish, though it is not always noticeable. Fruit flavors of cherry up front are followed by rum soaked raisin notes, touches of fig / prune, and some roasted date flavors. The roast character here was a bit surprising, it doesn’t put it anywhere in to the range of being a Stout, or even a Porter, but it definitely contributes quite a bit to the flavor here. As the beer warms up it gets a bit sweeter, but the complexity of the nut notes become a bit more characterful; hazelnut, perhaps a touch of roasted almond, and almost a buttery, toasted nut character are each present as the beer warms up.
A little stronger than I prefer in a beer, it hides it pretty well, and some substantial age should mellow this out considerably; at this strength, this beer will age for quite some time. Having said that, this beer is quite tasty now; I am really digging the malt focus here, the hops are almost imperceptible, only enough to add a hint of herbal and bitter edge to keep the malt from becoming overwhelming. With the alcohol at times noticeable in the flavor, the beer goes between being sublimely malty, and a bit to solvent like depending on the vagaries of each sip; actually best in small sips, as this helps to temper the alcohol a bit.