Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAR 6, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Bottle. Little fine beige head,dark brown colour. Sweet flavour of caramel almost cover any other in a beer i expect more complex than this. The alcohol is present and overwhelming. Unbalanced.
Hansen (6199) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown and clear. Has a beige, mostly lasting head. Strong aroma, sharp, hopped and a bit unpleasent. Flavor starts sweet, has a bitter finish. Warming alcohol
begbie100 (181) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. dark red, minimal head. Aroma is sweet, caramel-like. Malty, strong taste with lot’s of alcohol, but leaves fast and almost no aftertaste. Pleasant warming effect.
Slayer85 (1041) - Firenze, ITALY - FEB 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark red beer with a light brown head that disappears quickly. The aroma is sweet, alcoholic, with notes of caramel, malt and also some grass from the hops. The flavour is sweet, winey with notes of caramel and fruits. Very malty and not much bitterness. Some alcohol in the finish. Warming and drinkable, but maybe lacks some depth.
joe19612 (1743) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A superb of it type, lovely complex flavours and a smooth malty aroma. One of the best available.
cab (866) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.33cl. Barlywine aroma, good ESA, sweet and enticing, a beer to remember, and that in a good way.
Bierkonig (1) - Marple Bridge, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2006 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On pouring, Very little head about 3mm when poured coffee coloured which dissipates after about 20 seconds, Ale is reddish mahogany colour and crystal clear.
Smell, Roasted malt, sun dried raisins, rye, vanilla, dark chocolate, Christmas pudding,
Taste, Warming shiraz wine, Molasses but not sweet to taste, liquorice and a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, a little carbonation but plenty of smooth body with a slight alcohol warm finish.
Other comments: As it says on the bottle this is a Strong Ale, alc 8.5% Vol,
not a barley wine. As it says on the bottle serve unchilled to get the best from this award winning ale.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark red-brown colored, little light brown head. Surprisingly thin aroma with sweet caramel, some vinous tones, licorice and mild alcohol. Medium bodied. Flavor is richer with licorice and roastiness, sweet caramel with biting alcohol also there. Aftertaste has lasting licorice with drying alcohol and caramel.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark caramel pour, suprising abundance of tan foam. Uncomplicated but pleasant toffee aroma. Big chewy malt flavor, a little green and rough around the edges. A touch of coffee. Quite a bit of sweetness. A little bit coarse. Not bad once your palate acclimates, but overall seems a little young.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a very dark brown into a trappist glass with a head tath went away quickly. aroma was very slight and had a bit of dark fruit and malt. flavor was at first like a strong belgian. Lots of nice dark fruit flavors with some nice sweet malt and a bubbly palate. But this died out half way through and the palate was not as active and the beer became a bit syrupy in a bad way. still quite enjoyable though. nice flavors. pretty solid