thebhoy (61) - Ontario, - FEB 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Wow, quite the beer. This one’s heavy and you definitely feel the 14% (especially on an empty stomach!). This is such a class beer right from the pour onwards. Beautiful ruby red colouring. Aroma is of caramel, a bit of bread, some coffee, a bit floral, but mostly sweet malt of caramel. This is quite a sweet beer, at times tasting closer to a Barley Wine than a Doppelbock for me. Definitely a sipper, took me a while to finish. Again, the taste is very sweet; it is malty, caramel, sweet, with a touch of doughy yeast. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and wish I had another to cellar for a couple of years to see what happens.
Shot (43) - Westerville, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours reddish brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Aroma is carmel malt. No hop aroma at all. Upfront flavors of candy apple, toffee, and candied fruit. Very little hop presence. Finishes with brown sugar, cherry, and an alcohol warmth. Syrupy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. With an alcohol level at 14%, this is definitely a sipper. Enjoyable, but sweet. I prefer a bit more hops. All in all, though, a very good winter warmer.
Loineshawn (3003) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 bootle stored in rotbox. aroma of sherry, raisins, deep potent grape drank. high boost mellowed nicely into a sweet grapey sherry port concoction. finish has an offputing cherry coughsyrup note. too damn sweet and cough syrupy.
gyllenbock (3667) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, vintage 2013.
Clear orange/amber with a minimal head. Aroma and taste of toffee, dried fruit, sugar, raisin, malt and brandy. Warming alcohol although not boozy. The body was thick. I quess that this will be even better with aging, say 5-10 years or something like that. This young bottle is a pleasant "winter warmer".
Tomy63 (136) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bière rousse, avec un nez sur le sucre brun, le caramel, et quelques notes de fruits rouges cuits (un peu comme un porto) et des fruits secs. Elle fait très Noël. Bouche très puissante, très sucrée, sur la cassonade. Finale très longue, mais c’est une bière assez vite écoeurante.
Xenomorph (20) - - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pas de mousse, sirupeuse, très sucrée. Presque pas de bulles. Est-ce encore une bière ou est-ce une liqueur ? Persistance en bouche très longue, fait penser au Porto...
markextrae (407) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared bottle. poured a hazzy amber orange colour with a small short lasting white head. lot of plums and apples and caramel. verry sweet and boozy. thick viscosity. it’s not that special like they say
Martinus (2520) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright clear caramel colour, white dissipating head. Aroma of alcohol, malts, caramel, red fruits, raisins, hints of whisky. Sweet flavour, alcohol, lots of raisins. Finish sweet sultana raisins. Actually I didn’t like this beer one bit with the first whiff and sips, being quite harsh, but as you continue it grows on you, mellowing down in time and opening up into more subtle aromas. I can see this fitting with a nice piece of cheese, bit like a Pedro Ximinez.
(33cL bottle @ home. Bottled in 2012. Leftover from RBBSG, if I remember correctly from ThirstyBird. Thanks Rian!)
AgentAle (80) - - NOV 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:very strong dark malty aroma
Taste: very profound malt flavor,sweet finish,! Waem alcohol mouth feel
Appearance: Amber body , sadly head disappears to nothing
mikedR (724) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, nice. Incredibly smooth. Very sweet malt flavor -- molasses perhaps? And what amazes -- not a nary note of untoward alcohol heat, even at 14%. A-
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
UkrainPubCrawler (24) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely delicious beer! The aroma is invigorating and all flavor notes are in perfect harmony. Smooth and clean finish. I will definitely age my next bottle and see how it tastes in a few years.