madmitch76 (20818) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1st May 2016
Clear amber beer, residual cream colour head. Palate is soft and viscous, decent fine carbonation. Fairly sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Mild and well buried molasses and marmite. Sweetish spicy berry fruits, berry liqueur. Cherry. Pretty spicy finish. Not getting any chardonnay but the barreling seems to have sweetened up the base beerIntense but interesting beer that keeps you sipping,
drjay44 (3246) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2014. Pours a medium, rapidly diminishing, light beige head, over a clear, effervescent, dark copper (SRM 17) body.....nose is massive sweet dried fruits with plum, fig, raisin, light vanilla, slight cereal malts, no hops, utterly malt dominated.....taste is sweet with heavy dried fruit overlay, including raisin, fig, slight vinous tones, mild vanilla, finishing with mild hints of hop bitterness, utterly malt dominated......mouth feel, medium, sticky body, moderate alcohol warmth, high carbonation with light acid. This is very much like an effervescent cream sherry or light port. The malty sweetness is quite dominant, and only lightly rounded out by the aging. BJCP 8/3/14/4/7
ClarkVV (5137) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by TJ, 2009 vintage, on 2/20/16.
Dark mahogany with cocoa overtones and very light magenta-violet tints against the light. Beige head is moderate-sized and slowly fades to cover.
Huge brandy-like grape character is quite intense and joined by soy sauce-like oxidation. Fruitiness for days, but also a boatload of toffee and vanilla.
Dark fruits again, with sweet, sugary toffee, light barrel tannin/wood and tons of oxidation. Light carbonation could stand to be a bit more tight, for sure, but itís not flat at least. As well, the barrel notes arenít overdone. But itís just intense, intense prune, grape, blackberry, sugary toffee-vanilla and a massive oxidation lingering. Taking the oxidation out of the equation, this stuff would still be so intensely sweet/rich and probably more alcoholic, if younger, so Iím not so sure age has really hurt it....Kind of odd itís so oxidized given how resistant the regular stuff is. But maybe the barrel aging contributes to the quicker oxidation.
AirForceHops (5666) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Chalumeaux, dirty caramel color, no head. 2009 vintage. Damn!! Aroma is dark fruit heavy, raisin, date, figs, sugar.
Flavor is just has heavy on the dark fruit. ABV is hidden drinks lighter then 14 %. Mouthfeel is oily and slick, even after all this time it is still crazy sweet.
WillRunForBeer (1997) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Whalez son! 1L bottle from 2009 shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours maple syrup brown with an off white head. Aroma is nice, but strongly sweet. Brown sugar, caramel, raisin, clove. Starts mooth and caramel sweet, but oxidation has destroyed this. Strong wet cardboard, mold. Too bad.
AdamChandler (4189) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
How in the Heck? 2009, Thanks TJ. Split a few ways. brown reddish color, no head. Smells like a very oxidized Barley-wine. So much dark fruit. Taste is brown sugar, dark fruit, oak, very woody with a lot of flavor. Oxidation is intense.
Chalumeaux (866) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 2009 bottle thanks Tom Standley nice reddish brown color with a thin tan head with nice lacing. Aromas of caramel bread and stone fruit. Taste is malty with notes of dark fruit bread and caramel. Hard to believe this is 7 years old. Wow.
Beastwhite315 (27) - - DEC 25, 2015
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smooth and subtle flavor. Nice Mix of flavor. This is one I would drink again.
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drpimento (2865) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good, although I donít pick up much of the barrel aged email end of it.
jamaty (1735) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Color cereza, marroncillo. Espuma insignificante. Aroma de bombůn de cointreau. Licor. En boca mezcla compleja de naranja amarga, chocolate, azucar tostada. Cuerpo potente. Carbonatacion moderada. Un copazo en toda regla. Con chocolate, combina de muerte. Excelente.