MPA (916) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, rated February 2016. Hazy red with off white head. Roma of raisins and dates. Sweet flavour of Daim chocolate. Ummmm....
MaltOne (305) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled in 2005, embibed 2014.(bottle #42 of 500). Exquisite. Pours hazy chestnut with visible particulate. Probably could have been decanted. Bottle foamed on opening. Big fluffy head that subsided to thin layer of what looked like cream. Nose - big but soft, complex; chocolate, dried dark fruit, plum pudding. Flavor - follows the aroma and add licorice, the real licorice, and cream. Palate - beautifully textured on the tongue without being syrupy. Flavors start creamy and builds to the more robust flavors, then becomes an ethereal but lingering reminder of what came before. Phenomenal that a nine - ten year old brew has so much character.
alexsdad06 (8432) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting in 2011 from notes. Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor has sweet caramel and brown sugar, a hint of tobacco, earthy notes and a slight hint of oxidation that promoted sherry notes. The alcohol is very well hidden which adds a point. This is the only time I’ve seen this beer, but would be interested in another taste.
mcberko (12897) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011 vintage, 12 oz. bottle, sent from javit (thanks a lot, Adam). Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with a small beige head. Nose is very malty, with dark fruits, caramel malts, some mild candied sugar, and an herbal note. Flavour has lots of caramel malt sweetness, some toffee, feint dark fruits and loads of booze - there is definitely a big boozy burn on the finish, along with lots of sweetness. Somehow the sweetness is contained by the intense heat, almost making two wrongs a right, except that the heat is too much. Low complexity, dominated mostly by caramel sweetness and booze. Perhaps age would settle this, though older reviews seemed to indicate the same thing, so I couldn’t be bothered waiting. Decent sipper.
hallinghansen (2669) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unclear amber body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is hops, fruit, caramel, spices. Flavor is caramel, fruit, dried fruit like apricots and pineapples, hops, pine needles, light alcohol. Nice lacings, well balanced. More like an iipa!
PhillyCraft (5326) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tiny sample from bottle after a long tasting. This one had a reputation of being past it’s prime but It was still worth a go. Pours hazy brown orange. Small beige head and light lace. Aromas and taste were strong vanilla, slight oxidized rust, bread, apples, and spice. Plenty of carbonation. Not bad just overshadowed by the others brews that night.
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear amber in color with a decent light tan head. The aroma is light sweet malts typical of the style with a bit of the booziness there at the end. The flavor is not as huge as expected overwhelming in booze or sweet malts, the alcohol may have settled a bit over the year. It is palatable for sure with an ABV of 11.
Dunt (301) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Jeff pulled this beauty out of his cellar late night. 2006 vintage poured into a Stone IRS tulip. Pours a flat honey brown. It is completely translucent in clarity. Nose is hops, honey, and malt. Taste is rather pleasant, perfumery hops, smooth malts, and some caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, light booze, and a moderate finish. Nice barley wine for the age, would like to see what this guy tastes like fresh.
madvike (3183) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle, 250/500 from hbmason...thanks Tim! Pours chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Mild nuttiness, nice mild herbal maltiness. Touch of floral hoppiness. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Taste is fruity--lots of plums and raisins with a big overlay of nuttiness, dry grainy malt, and a lightly spicy finish. Big fluffy carbonation with a soft body.
cheap (5148) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Big thanks to mrchopin for this beer. Big giant head. Brownish in color and slightly hazy. First taste is strong alky and alkoholic. Same with aroma, volatile, dont light a match. Mouth coating with little detectable co2. Wew, I think I’m getting dizzy. Over the top and down the side. Thanks kevin for mauling my taste buds.