cmacklin (711) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
550ml bottle. (8.0%ABV) Pours a hazy red-copper with a large, frothy, long lasting, beige head that laces nicely. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, (raisin, plum, fig, prune) caramel malt and oak. Sweet flavour of overripe fruit, caramel malt and oak with a slight alcohol burn in a dry finish. Medium body with a smooth, oily texture and soft carbonation. An excellent
English Strong Ale.
jamestulloch (3212) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 10, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (8.0% ABV) from Cork & Cask. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white head. Faint lacing. Aroma of fig, raisins, honey and apricot jam. Flavour of tangy Earl Grey tea, oak and stewed berries. Barely a hint of alcohol. Medium body with a smooth, cask-like mouthfeel. Light carbonation prickle. A luscious, indulgent beer. Top quality.
UXO (1353) - CANADA - FEB 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: nearly opaque amber-brown with one finger of medium dense ivory head, good retention and minimal lacing. (3/5) Aroma: raisin, stone fruit, toffee, slightly vinous oak. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, mild bitter, mild tart, mild alcohol. (8/10) Palate: medium slightly slick body, lively to moderate carbonation, lightly tart and warming finish. (4/5)
“English Strong Ale”? That’s about as helpful a designation as “American Strong Ale” - which is to say, no bloody use whatsoever. Personally, I call this a barleywine - though it’s got elements of a quad or abt, as well. It’s not overly complex, but I have to say, I enjoy it. It doesn’t seem like the combination of sweet dark fruit and almost white wine vinous characteristics would work all that well, but in fact it does. In particular, the tartness on the tongue persists through the finish and stops the toffee malt from becoming mouth-coating or cloying - think christmas pudding with a not-too-sweet lemon sauce. (15/20)
luttonm (4446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Pruf’s in Seattle. Rich banana brown, sugary toffee. Nice English style barleywine. Tasty, sweet, nice.
DwarfeD (2441) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle at home. Hazy dark amber brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Medium to full body with low carbonation. Well balanced sweet and bitter tones. Raisins, ripe fruits, caramel, malts, some warming alcohol and spices. Very rich full flavoured brew. Nice!
DandyWolfFloyd (1007) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla
Appearance - mahogany body. With 1" off-white head that settles to a foam.
Taste - raisins, toffee, burnt sugar, vanilla, and whippin’ oakened alcohol.
Palate - medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, astringent alcohol.
rami_pl (1565) - Warszawa, POLAND - DEC 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
butelka, warka do ladne, klarowne, ciemnobursztynowe z rubinowymi przbelyskami piwo z niewysoka, acz ladna, kremowa piana. aromaty owocowo-slodowe, sa wisnie, sliwki, jest chleb, karmel i krakersy. sa tez juz w tle jakies nutki beczkowe faktycznie i miod. w smaku slodkawo, nieco w strone dubla badz quada. lekko winni, chyba nawte lekkie taniny. wanilii czy innych takich beczkowych nie czuje. goryczka niewysoka, wysycenie srednie z minusem, alkohol przyzwoicie schowany. pite z duza przyjemnoscia.
matbli (232) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 550 ml, pours clear amber with strong, pillowy and long lasting creamy coloured head. Aroma of raisins toffee, vanilla and oak wood. Not very complex but pleasant aroma. In taste sweetness goes fluently over into some light bitterness with a slightly tart accent. Besides the sweetish beginning the ale is quite dry. When it warms up a little bit it gains additionaly some tannin a wine notes.
ianwelby (1021) - SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze beer with a thin, white head. Malty, caramel aroma. Looks and smells unremarkable but taste-wise it’s the business. Malt, caramel, rich fruit with a touch of bitterness as well. A properly beefy, hearty beer. But for the strength I could drink this all day.
minutemat (3869) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
550ml bottle. Pours mahogany with good ivory head. Massive oak influence with berries and slight sherry warmth with a hint of aunty marjory’s trifle. A classic.