MrTipple (3588) - 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 ’n’ Hum 33rd, Manhattan.
tderoeck (8127) - 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 I’ve had before. And while I’m 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 (5688) - 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 (8120) - 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 wouldn’t 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 isn’t 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 ,… 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.
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Special designed bottle: Poured a reddish brown with no head. Sweet stick boozy nose along with malts. Very sticky caramel boozy, warming mouth weird sipper, and no carbonation. Not bad, but hardly could say it was a beer.
Bawelt (554) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 25, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
J’ai bu la version 10ème anniversaire;
Une vraie belle expérience. Je crève l’abcès : oui, bien trop chère pour ce que c’est. Bouteille à acheter et déguster à plusieurs, entre connaisseurs (pas forcément de bière, les amateurs de cognac ou porto auront leur compte).
De manière générale, ce produit offre une incroyable complexité. Il y a de quoi se faire plaisir.
Nez : beaucoup d’alcool, ça fera pas de mal de la laisser respirer un quart d’heure. Beaucoup de rhum, de notes de vanille/chocolat, de fruits jaunes, un bourbon qui part franchement sur le biscuit, des notes plus douces et rondes de caramel, des légers airs de vieux porto et de très belles notes de Grand Marnier !
La bouche est très alcoolisée mais très buvable. Plus que l’agressivité, on ressentira surtout la chaleur dans la gorge. Le tout est incroyablement rond, liquoreux, très agréable et bien fait. La grande dominante est le couple vanille/caramel qui pète littéralement et en fait quasiment un dessert de premier choix ! Un peu de pomme. Moins de longueur qu’on aurait pu l’espérer. Mais celle-ci portera plutôt sur le bourbon/biscuit.
Très chouette, un vrai plaisir. A partager absolument.
Travlr (21454) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I finally get to try this one, courtesy of iphonephan, many thanks! Extra appearance point for the packaging, 10th anniversary version, which is black with gold lettering. Crystal clear amber brown color, still. Smells like a fine brandy, with vanilla, tannic and vinous fruit. Taste has vanilla, tawny port, concentrated hops - which is the only remotely beery characteristic left. A tasty after dinner liqueur.
gregwilsonstl (2112) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 vintage. Smells like caramel but flammable. Wow, boozy. Really dark amber. Drinkable as a sipper. Tasted at chris bottle share.
jcos (1784) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste from Matt Grussing. Pours a murky brown. Very strong alcoholic aroma. Some spice, alochol int he taste. Nearly liquor like. Interesting. Apprciate that I got to try it.
DCLawyer (2690) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 copper bottle, 28% ABV. 2oz pour into small snifter at RFD in DC. Big production like we ordered a sacrificial virgin or something. Chestnut brown with no head. Aroma is powerful booze with caramel, toffee, and hint of cardboard. Taste is sweet caramel, vanilla, oak, figs, booze. Powerful stuff. Bit cloying. Worth trying, but 2oz was enough.