jstraw (1929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009. Murky caramel with fair, creamy, off-white head / Mellow, sweet nose of apple cider, caramel, baking spice, and oak / Full body, soft carbonation, chewy, malty with excellent hop balance, and good, bitter, hot finish / Flavors of fresh caramel, apple, cinnamon, and oak / Alcohol still to the forefront, but still a treat.
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy reddish-amber w/thich head; chewy, rich aroma with tons of malt, mint, leafy hops, peaches, alcohol. Flavour is rich, peachy, malty, perhaps a little bit more balance in the finish that last year’s (dryness contributed equally by woody-tasting hops and alcohol)
77ships (4135) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THANKS to tom10101! 341 ml. bottle shared with Kraddel during the (Ice) Cider/Perry tasting @ Barely Legal Tasting Room. 2011 Vintage. Dark amber, very little head. Oxidized nose, herbal, biscuit, brown sugar sweet. Taste is odd herbal, tad plant-like mixed with sweet biscuit, brown sugar, oxidation, caramel, herbal bitter finish; Body shows some signs of age. I would have probably enjoyed it more had I not sampled 6 ice ciders + 1 ice perry prior to this one.
kraddel (3458) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thnx to Tom10101 !
Pours rather clear amber . Ok white head .
Smell is sweet , dusty .
Taste is bit bitter, sweet, grains , bit buttery . A bit week . Ok
canuck_j (75) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a lovely dark amber colour with a thinner tan head has notes in the nose of caramel, some dried leaves and no discernable hops. Flavours of, caramel, nuts, herbs, toast, leather, alcohol, licorice, raisin and vanilla. Very tasty and lovely in it complexity. Mouth feel is a big bold thickness with a lower level of carbonation. Finishes with big vanilla notes and a slight alcohol warming. A perfect "by the fire on a cool fall evening" beer
milara (53) - Ste-Thérèse, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
J’ouvre la milléssime 2013 au mois d’août 2014 pour célébrer ma première journée de vacance.
Comme l’emballage, le liquide est très élégant et son allure de Grand Marnier laisse déjà présager une texture intéressante.
Au nez, c’est l’impression de porto et des notes de caramel épicé et de grains grillés, un peu comme une guillauve bien doré.
En bouche, c’est juste trop bon. La texture huileuse est bien agrémenté du côté épicé.
C’est un riche goût de caramel un peu boisé, subtile note de fruit rouge et une finale chaleureuse en alcool.
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle courtesy of chuckaduck, thanks again! Dark copper/amber pour. Aroma is sweet toffee and dark fruits. Flavor is a wonderful combination of vanilla, caramel, and candied fruits. Abv is completely hidden as well. Just delicious.
UXO (264) - CANADA - SEP 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a fat finger of fluffy beige head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. Nose is toffee and caramel, candi sugar, dark fruit and spice, with a boozy edge. Taste starts burned sugar sweet and gives way to building bitter as the sweet fades. Heavy body, slick buttery texture, low carbonation, and a sticky bitter boozy finish.
Lots going on here - burned sugar, dark fruit, big booze... This isn’t a beer that does subtle. That’s not entirely a good thing, mind you, since that does apply to the bitter finish, which comes on strong and lingers, with some harshness. Could perhaps use some cellaring time to smooth the rough edges.
cards04 (1805) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lovely dark honey color. Aromas are honey, dried fruit and grapes. Vinous flavors. Sweet dried fruit. Very smooth. A lot of great stuff going on here.
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Deep red and caramel colored. Boozy aroma of dried fruits, caramel, brown sugar, quite malty. You can tell the abv is high but it’s an excellent sipper. Very sherry like in aroma and flavor as well. Smooth. Not a lot of hop presence (slight bitterijg in the afteraste) but its not needed. Expensive, but I’d get again as a special treat."
northropfrye (2247) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Tommy. 2011 bottle. Orange-toned brown body with creamy off-white head and nice lacing. A bit of a citrus and dried fruit aroma, caramel. Loads of flavour of grapes, dried fruit, roasted malts, cocoa, a touch of coffee, prunes, bubblegum. Tastes awesome. Overall a fantastic barley wine.