deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- pours a thick rich mahogany with no noticeable head or lacing.
S- aromas deluxe! Booze booze and more booze. But if you don't stick your head in the glass there are great notes of cinnamon raisin bread, brown sugar, bear claws, Vermont maple leaf candies, molasses, cedar, orange blossoms, dense honey, obvious malts, oh yeah, and still some booze.
M- thick and heavy viscous body with high burn and sugar. No carb.
T- booze of course comes through at first. Lots of rye whiskey, grass, lemon and orange pulp. Much like an old fashioned. Middle is brown sugars, caramel and molasses which thin quickly. Sour, wet wood. Lavender, pepper, licorice, nutmeg spice. Pecan pie. Ending burns with rye, lemon pith, sharp grass and more barrel. Zinc. Ending is sustained but also efficient and clean.
Eripe323 (63) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from VilleValla Pub. Dark amber with no head (due to sampling). Smells of raisins and booze. Taste of raisins, some plum, caramell, toffee, sweetness, booze (sort of whiskey-like). Low carbonation. Overall quite good.
GenDV138 (5673) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2013 vintage that Iíve been slowly rationing, first release to be blended with a touch of KMF. Poured 1-2 ounces into a Utopias Riedel glass. Clear dark copper/amber brown, no head as expected. Aromas of whiskey, oak, Port, dark fruit, light smokiness. Tastes of oak, whiskey, dark fruit, light caramel, Port wine, a little smokiness. Medium-light body with a dry and warm finish. Alcohol heat seems to have faded nicely since having this bottle fresh. Nice complexity.
Hermod (6255) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from bottle, many thanks Oh6gdx! Deep brown, no head. Strong raisiny aroma, plums, alcohol warmth. Some vanilla and plum liqueur. Long finish, alcohol burn and warmth. Very nice to get to try this!
JohnnyJ (5354) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear copper brown pour, no carbonation. Dark dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, sherry, notes of vanilla, and booze. Hot and boozy as expected. Glad to finally have tried this, itís good, but not amazing.
umich03jm (3427) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for WillRunForBeer for shipping me a sample. Aroma is super intense and boozy but I like it. Burnt caramel, overripe fruit, brown sugar, molasses, and nuts. Tastes ultra rich and boozy but remains pretty smooth. Burnt sugar throughout with nuts and dark fruit. Load of vanilla and oak too. Alcohol is noticeable but not as much as I thought it would be. No carb but thatís expected. Super syrupy mouthfeel. Could only drink this an ounce or two at time but itís very enjoyable for what it is. No way worth the price. Youíre way better off buying a high class bourbon instead.
MrTipple (3182) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: alcohol, dark, ripe fruits, prunes, caramel. Appearance: clear, dark brown, no head. Taste: heavy sweet. Palate: alcohol again, molasses, dark berries and stone fruits, light citrus. Overall: very nice Barley Wine, complex flavours, nice sweetness. Glass at Rattle íní Hum 33rd, Manhattan.
tderoeck (7895) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2016
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
6/II/16 - sample @ Struise Biershop (Brugge) - BB: n/a (2016-96) Thanks to 77ships for the sample and Bart VP for offering this in his store!
Clear copper orange beer, no head. Aroma: very oxidized, sweet, port and sherry notes, some walnuts, caramel, cardboard. MF: no carbon, medium body, quite an alcohol burn. Taste: sweet start, caramel, alcohol, bit sourish, very oxidized, cardboard. Aftertaste: alcohol burning, caramel, very oxidized. This stuff just tastes like any old and overage beer, but more boozy than the ones Iíve had before. And while Iím a fan of some oxidation happening (I always drink my Westvleteren 12 after 3 to 4 years), this is just way over the top.
VastActiv (5535) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from bottle at Rattle and Hum, New York. Vintage 2011. Colour is dark brown with no head. Aromas and flavours: Alcohol, some dry fruits and some malts. Deep shit.
77ships (7440) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled bottle @ Struise Beerstroe in Bruges. This one is truly a legendary beer, I have read about and heard about this beer for about 6 years and I found out about its existence about one year in or so since I have started tasting beers. Needless to say that my excitement was at maximum level prior to me sampling this one. Overall, I am happy that I tried but I disagree with the common deScriptions that this beer truly tastes like no other beverage in the world. The profile on this one is that of oxidized beer, massively so coated in alcohol, it is strong, warming (but definitely not overly boozy) but the taste is really in line with what one would expect from a strong beer that contains components that have been aged for more than 20 years. Massive walnut, oxidation, chestnuts, low cardboard even, if you have had 10+ year old strong beers you are familiar with this profile. In that sense even with the high ABV, I wouldnít deem this one as a unique experience. It is a good, this one had plenty of vanilla from the oak, toffee etc. to work but it isnít something that I would deep being worth the price-tag looking only at the result (not the production efforts). Anyway it poured a very deep red copper. Needless to say zero sign of carbonation. Nose is massive oxidation, leaves, walnuts, big sherry in there with lots of sugar, almost bourbon oak notes, oak vanilla, some juniper berries, nettles, low cardboard coated in warming alcohol, clear alcohol in the nose but it is good quality, not overly boozy, pleasant, warming. Taste is big oxidation, big sherry, walnut, herbal nettles, thick licorice, strong alcohol presence but not overly boozy, coats the throat, low cardboard, big oak vanilla, lots of sherry, light touch of bourbon ,Ö Flat, thick, warming, coats the throat, dash cough syrup. Interesting & nice, plenty of toffee, oak, vanilla etc. to balance out the oxidation, some unexpected notes, herbal nettles, low licorice, warming, alcohol makes it work, big sweetness, good oxidation. Nice to try but at this price point, not something that I will ever purchase again. I would call this very clearly a beer given how familiar the oxidation & BA notes are.