tmongoose (2200) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle to baby snifter. very unexpected treat that was shared with many. the pour was medium clear brown with no head. the aroma was maple syrup and booze underlying that which is tough was some dark fruit mix of raisin and fig maybe plum. the couple of sips was pure bliss of maple syrup and booze full flavored from tip of tongue to belly. truly an experience and thanks for the share whoever bought this one.
AndyW68 (1430) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Crystal clear brown with a yellow halo. Aroma is raisins, dark fruit and alchohol. Taste is a raisin liquor. Sweet start. Bitter on back of tongue, and light alcohol burn. Very good. Could not see drinking more than one.
mariuspoenari (1422) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 10, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A dark amber / golden brown liquid, thick, with no carbonation and no head. It looks a lot like a darker brandy, with the alcohol sticking to the sides of the glass when you move it around.
The smell is incredibly rich, something between a bourbon, a cherry and a brandy (as far away from beer as I have ever smelled), blended with caramel, vanilla, raisins and, of course, alcohol, especially right after the pour.
As was expected, the taste is quite complex. Rich caramel sweetness up front, together with vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, notes of bourbon, a bit of wood and much, much more. Figs and other dried fruit right after that - raisins and dried plums - as well as dark cherries. A very nutty aftertaste, with different flavours unfolding after every sip.
The body is viscous and thick, and the alcohol is at 29%, yet this is incredibly pleasant to drink, much more than any spirit that I have tried.
Christpuncher (2737) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
not sure how to describe this. had a 1.5 oz pour at binnys tasting room in lincoln park. aroma of cognac..more like a port wine than beer. pours cherry in color with no head. very boozy flavor and it is really syrupy. smooth taste with a cognac burn at the end.
Habanero (3955) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled as Utopias10th Anniversary. Pours clear golden with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted caramel, vanilla, ripe dark fruits and spicy notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with an alcohol burn. Full bodied, syrupy texture and flat carbonation. An excellent Barley. 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Maarten1993 (920) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank @ Borefts 2015 (friday). Thanks Thijs for sharing. Really awesome. I like barley wines and this is a hell of a barley wine. The sweetness (also vanilla) was perfectly balanced. Very nice structure, soft, alcohol. Love it.
UncleKorm (1220) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
At GABF, poured a clear dark brown hue w/ no head. Big sweet boozy aroma. Initial flavor is bold sweet w/ a mild bitter finish. Tastes are maple syrup and malt. Syrupy mouthfeel.
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MarcoDL (3980) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At Borefts 2015. This beer is somewhat of a legend, so I was worried it would be a let-down. Aroma of strong vanilla and raisin, nice. Taste is really rich, with lots of vanilla, boozy raisin, caramel and long warming finish. Very tasty and very awesome.
markextrae (3713) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
small sample shared by thijs at borefts 2015. poured a hazy amber colour. nose of caramel, maple syrup, dark fruits, alcohol, molasses, vanilla sweet buttery notes. butterscotch. figs. full bodied thick mouthfeel. finally had the chance to try this one!
beechner224 (1017) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10th anniversary blend, shared by dan. Pours a dark Amber. Aroma is huge dark fruits, booze, sweetness. Aroma can knock you over. Taste is light, immediately evaporates as it hits your tongue. I’m afraid to take a larger sip, but this is super good stuff.