jmgreenuk (3258) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from ABC Beers, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark amber with a frothy long-lasting off-white head. The aroma is treacle, burnt toffee, yeast, red-berry fruit and some malt. The flavour is medium bitter with an alcohol liqourice malt palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Superb when freshly opened but quickly went stale.
Maakun (249) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish brown with bubbly tan head. Touch of leather and tobacco, with nice dried fruits, orange peel, bit of spice (cloves), milk chocolate. Bitter vegetal touch, with medium sweetness. Spicy and vegetal aftertaste. Medium body, slightly fizzy carbonation, slight alcohol presence. Not really my favorite style, but quite enjoyed this actually. Nice complexity.
blackisle (426) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky copper brown to salty liquorice color, foamy dark beige head quite bubbly, good retention, thin sticky layer remains; strong sweet malty nose, roasted, caramel, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruit, syrup, spruce, alcohol; mild sweetbitter taste; full body, oily texture, lively carbonation; lasting sweetbitter finish with roasted malts and some dark fruits, you donít taste the amount of alcohol thus a tricky beer ;-)
lachneger (217) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mooi hopjes kleurig bier. Koffiecreme kleur schuimkraag. Smaak is zacht,koffie cacao.
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vami (309) - Poznan, POLAND - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strange one. Pours hazy with robust head. Taste is sweet with some... seafood notes. I swear. I feel oyster here. Lots of dried fruit in the aftertaste. Full body. Some bitterness, but not enough. Good one.
Juni88 (80) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not as dark as you tend to expect. Dark amber color. Not the firm head they promised, it disappeared rather quickly. Despite that: nice taste. I taste some coffee, sweet fruits. Even though itís on the sweet side, the balance is okay. The t IJ beers tend to have a watery mouthfeel, I actually like it, even in this heavier beer as it not influences the richness of the taste.
rok1024 (841) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown appearance with decent head. Strong dark fruity aroma. Very sweet, well rounded bitter finish. Medium towards full body, overall very good.
rhyshewer (56) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Yeast and a herbal hop edge turning quickly to a soapy smell.
Appearance: Lovely deep-red amber, slightly hazy with a small head.
Taste: Plum, raisin, demerara sugar with hints of roasted coffee and a yeasty aftertaste.
Palate: Medium light body with a sticky texture and fizzy carbonation. Hot alcohol finish.
Overall: More of a Quad than a Barley wine. Not bad but could do with more softness, roundness and complexity.
Douberd (1554) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330 ml at home, poured into a snifter. ABV 9%
Very deep red to light brown colour on the body, with two fingers of light beige foam sitting on top. Thick enough, with average retention, eventually collapses to a thin film covering the beer, with a thick line of it around the glassís walls.
Fruity aroma, caramel, lightly malty.
Taste is grainy, malty, nuts, obvious alcohol, red fruits. Nice bitterness on the aftertaste, mild, with good duration.
Medium thick body, nice carbonation.
Overall very good and dangerously drinkable.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown and powerful. Sweetness dominates with a trace of smokiness. A straightforward strong beer that should be respected.