fombe89 (1398) - Asturias, SPAIN - FEB 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella. @Kraken, Oviedo 06/02/2016. Bottled: 07/2014
Color amarillo oscuro, aromas caramelo, sabor dulce, licor, notas especiadas, buena.
WVHouseofBeer (964) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a vibrant orange color with a big frothy white head. Smells and tastes of honey, light fruit, toffee, caramel and some alcohol presence as well. Medium-full body. Overall I liked their Port-Aged beer more but this was really good too.
Stultus (11) - ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin white head, pours hazy amber. Candy sugar, malty, caramel aroma. Taste is sweet, malty; a little hoppy bitterness in the finish - bittersweet finish.
kajser27 (861) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 2, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber to red colored, hazy, medium creamy off white head, very long lasting. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, fruity marmalade, chestnut honey, light vinous oak and bourbon. Taste is very sweet caramel, brown sugar, honey, toffee, dried fruits, some yeast, light+ spices, just enough of bourbon to add some more depth and not to overpower. Some alcohol and warmth, sweet finish. Full bodied, and honey viscous, soft carbonation.
(bottle, Cafe Rose Red, Brugge)
bartlebier (2977) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cl 2013 Vintage, shared @impuritylaw hosted Cellarclearing 2. - Gusher, as usual with big DSB beers... Flattish orangeyellow pour. - Marillengeist piercing through damp chalk and cane sugar in the nose, making a less than appetising case against clichéd perceptions of Belgian brewing as "fusels do dessert". - Quite flat, stewed pears, then empty-yeasty (marmite comes to mind) and canesugar-centered in flavour: getting more straight up rum than bourbon barrel, deadish malts underneath. - Bottle says bb2017 or the like, but this already drinks like the bourbon barrel has taken Tsjeeses’ soul.
Rask0lnikov (158) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber red colour. Some apples, pears, raisins and caramel in the aroma. Pears and caramel at first. Dark fruits in the middle. Some alcohol and spices in the end. Medium bodied, rather low carbonated, fruity and interesting beer. However no hints of a bourbon. Still very well balanced and enoyable drink.
bastarda (290) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
kindly shared by bartlebier, thanks a lot. aromas of artificial red fruits, childhood perfumed pink ink for fancy girls, then decent delicious plum wine on strong whafts of alcohol. Sweet, alcoholic, liqueurlike, Marillenlikör. Actually a nice desert beer, not something to drink in more than tiny amounts. But all in all not really my kind of beer.
Night_Cap (21) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2016 Bottle 330ml (2013 vintage). Served at room temperature. Bottle ‘gushed’ upon opening. Pours hazy amber with orange highlights and a large frothy off-white head that diminishes rapidly. Aroma is of fruit cake, orange zest, cinnamon, cloves, caramel, bourbon and some light grassy hop notes. Flavour is a light spicy bitterness with notes of clove, cinnamon, dried apple, caramel, raisin bread, white pepper with some light earthy/oak notes in the background. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation and a decent length finish. Bourbon oak aging is not as ‘prominent’ as expected, but a nice enough ‘Christmas ale’ all the same.
EdKing (2265) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle very kindly given to me by Harrisoni after a Belgian jaunt. Colour is rich murky dark orange, few bits floating around in there, with an off white head. Nose is like a big imperial IPA or barley wine. Losts of marmalade, caramel, barley sugar, very sweet and sticky, orange and grapefruit rind and fruit, earthy, some oxidisation. Palate is soft, sweet, mildly bitter citrous orange and grapfruit bitter, marmalade, caramel, barley sugar sweetness, deep earthy, some spice which I’m trying to pick out. Maye touch of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. Very deep rich and lovely beer.
Marduk (4780) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle (2013 vintage). Slightly hazy amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Cognac caramel, malty, sweet, prunes, bit strawberries in aroma. Sweet malts, prunes, almonds, oily, caramel in taste. Cognac caramel in aftertaste. Fizzy carbonation. Feels bit watery, but still perfectly drinkable.