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.
MalcolmTucker (512) - SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Sweet boozy aroma. Flavour is heavy sweetness with berry fruitness plus a huge dose of uncultured alcohol.
eltonds (1) - Săo Paulo-SP, BRAZIL - MAY 10, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Carbonataçăo fraca, pouca espuma. Chocolate bem evidente . álcool bem marcante. Custo beneficio razoável.
flying_pig (610) - SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle from Asda Supermarket:
Fruity, sweet malts and a lot of alcohol on the nose with some darker, strong fruits and berries coming through. There was also a touch of caramel and some rich fruits with sugar. Pleasant but perhaps the alcohol could have been hidden slightly better.
Chestnut brown with a few red tinges and a tiny, white to tan lace on top that turns patchy fairly quickly.
Sweet with some alcohol but not as much as with the smell, there is however the same, strong fruit and richness. I could detect some plums and a few other darker fruits with some caramel and toffee coming through as well as some cherries.
Smooth and a little spicy but with a lot of alcohol that had a negative impact on my opinion of the beer. The taste was sweet and boozy and the mouthfeel was medium to full bodied.
An average beer if truth be told, I did enjoy it but they alcohol was a little strong and although pleasant the sweetness and fruity flavours did little to mask it. The beer is a strong and boozy one that leaves you with a warming alcohol taste to it and it was easy enough to drink despite the alcohol.
Pyrmir (1136) - Westra Aros, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, rated from backlog. Aroma malty and boozy, some medicinal notes. Tastes of molasses, alcohol, prune, biscuit with a sweet malt profile.
Ruprecht_007 (385) - Cesky Tesin, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barva: černá, pěna hustá, vysoká, držící. Vůně: nádherná kávová. Chuť. silné, plné pivo s fantastickou kávovou chutí, středním řízem a výraznou hořkostí. Skvělé silné pivo s kávovou chutí a lehkým citrusovým nádechem.
RobertDale (1881) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a small biege head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, and malt. Taste is dark fruit, caramel malt, molasses, and yeast. Some alcohol at the finish. Enjoyed it!
BeerViking (1421) - Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, GERMANY - APR 17, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, deep brown with a clingy off-beige head and aromas of earth and old wine barrel, plus hint of demerara and leather. Palate is oaky and musty, turning sweeter with some dried dark fruit coming through plus hints of brandy and a dry earthy bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste.
jookos (761) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown mahogany. Very brown, murky nose - some raisins, plums, dark bread. Long flavour, dark malts. Not really my thing.
NBird (137) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, slight mahogany tinge against light, medium head that dissipates thin and stays. Smells.. Loads of malt, caramel, sweet biscuit hunt of booze. Tastes..sweet malts and maybe some sweet dark fruit, caramel, slight booze.
BenH (1333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 4, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark caramel brown with off white head. Aroma is metallic, not much else, jist faint dusty metal. Taste has lots of toffee and caramel, little nutty chocolate. Quite sweet and a little sticky. Half a bottle was hard work.