DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Old Tom's label says "Barley Wine" but underneath it a tiny black sticker says "Style Ale" (importers?) This rather complex beer comes out of the bottle looking like black coffee...until you see the light hitting it and sending out flickers of lovely garnet red. Quite striking. The beer has medium carbonation and a small lacy tan head. Aromatics are not as malt saturated as you might expect and there's noticeable toffee, maybe chocolate and bark (licorice, or sassafras) or root-like characteristics. Nice, but subtle herbal hops and dried fruit, too. The mouthfeel is rich and silky, not syrupy, well flavored and very drinkable. The finish is pleasantly bitter and almost dry. Nice, but somehow not a home run.
TychoJames (1079) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska systembolaget. Mörkbrun vätska. Doft av mörk sirap, äpple och rostad malt. Lätt knäckig smak med kavring och säd. Besk och lite torr munkänsla
Nische (1915) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours very dark brown with creamy, slightly beige head. Aroma of leather, red wine, some toffee, pear, port. Taste of leather, liquorice, roast, dry wood. Moderately bitter with very soft carbonation and a long somewhat bitter woody finish.
artemb (710) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - OCT 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black, opaque, strong beige head.
Aroma: oxidized, leather, mature wine.
Moderate to light sweet with subtle grassy bitterness.
Flavour: roasted notes, mature cheese, mushrooms, some earth.
Finish is slightly spicy and hoopy with light alcohol notes.
Luneylane (41) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - OCT 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bottle from Jason’s near NCC Uni., drunk at home. Aroma: very powerful, filled the room [well, nearly...]. Vinous, port wine. Appearance: clear, very dark ruby, tan head dissipates quickly. Palate: full-bodied, long finish. Mouth-feel is flat. Taste: port wine predominates, very fruity, alcohol is well-hidden. Well-balanced, but I would have liked more hops.
Alebarasi (34) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - OCT 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, cola-like color. Slight ruby hue to it. Medium cream-colored head. Quick carbonation. Light body and lacing. Sweet wet wood/earthy aroma, with hints of sweet caramel, molasses, dark fruit (plums), cola and roast. Taste: intense and strong earthy, nutty, bready aroma, with dark fruits cueing the palate. Very smooth with dense malts. Warming aftertaste gives it a character. Delicious beer indeed!
Parogolima (5) - - SEP 30, 2016 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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Fules (826) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - SEP 22, 2016
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Kicsi, nem túl tartós hab, sötétbarna szín. Illata karamelles, pörkölt malátás, kissé élesztős. Kissé száraz, karamelles, fűszeres ízvilág, pici aszalt gyümölcsös beütéssel. Lecsengéskor némi kávé is előbukkan, kis alkohollal egyetemben. Közepesen testes, erősen szénsavas, enyhén keserű. Nem rossz, de azért van jobb is.
shoestring (360) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2016 Head doesn’t last so slipped a bit for appearance. Lovely fruit rich aroma. Same spice fruit in mouth . Was expecting more sickly alcohol kick due to other reviews but pleasant for strength. Chocolate in their . Nice. Alcohol warmth did come through towards end of glass.
Echon (386) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany. Rich malt, molasses, dried fruit, chocolate, and a bit of spice and alcohol, characterise the aroma and flavour of this beautiful ale. Full and sweetish taste, with a dry and moderate bitter finish. Full body. Overall, a great old ale. It is tasty, and very well balanced. Harmonious even.
tfredvik (1762) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very deep brown body with a quite small, beige and long-lived head. Malty and strong aroma of lightly roasted malt, dark caramel, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Strong flavour of dark dried fruits, lightly roasted malt and dark caramel. Moderate sweet and moderate bitter taste, long finish. Medium to full body, creamy texture, rather soft carbonation, pleasant vinous mouthfeel. A nice one!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 1 year before BB date, from Systembolaget Kungshamn, Sweden