ACHops (1374) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap & Chuck’s 85th. Pours heavily murky ruddy brown with no head. Aroma is huge boozy woody whiskey and port up front, heavily syrupy notes of pecan, leather, rum-soaked raisins follow. Taste is big, though not oversized, sweetness; toasted vanilla, light oak barrels, incredibly rich syrupy malt that lingers heavily sweet and boozy through the finish. Layer upon layer of flavor, amazing beer.
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark chestnut brown, small brown head.
Aroma of rye, brown sugar, nuts, alcohol, roasted malts, not at all as brutal as i would have expected for a 16%alc. beer. Flavor is roasted malts, faint fruitiness, nuts, rye, dark toffee, syrup. one of the most gentle really strong beers i have tasted, but yet of course loads of flavor.
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2016 At Bruery Sucré Tasting in Bruges, revisited at Hopishop’s B.U.M.B. tasting event in Antwerp. Probably an alias of Cuivre, but since the ABV is slightly different, I risked adding it as a separate entry - please do correct me if I’m wrong. Looks identical to Bruery Sucré Rum Barrel Aged. Aroma very similar to that version as well, but with softer hints of sweet corn and obviously (a lot of) bourbon; more vanilla tannins as well, and perhaps slightly more outspoken hints of amaretto, white port wine and hazelnut oil. In the mouth, it comes closer to the Rye Whisky version, but a tad sweeter, more astringent in terms of alcohol and with, unsurprisingly, a strong bourbon flavour in the finish.
Biroholik (897) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - FEB 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Genialne piwo i w smaku i w zapachu, złożone i ułożone.
Kolor ciemnego brązu z umiarkowaną białą pianą.
W aromacie karmel, burbon, wanilia, dębina.
W smaku to samo, a także wiśnie, miód i czekolada.
Potężne ciało, alkoholowa moc, nie gryząca i nie rozpuszczalnikowa. Gładkie, gęste, oleiste i pełne. Dłuuuugi aftertaste! Genialne!
BrandNewBrew (32) - - FEB 23, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Can’t even imagine a better beer. Aroma has this unique scent I’ve not come across before that smells of fresh cut sawdust, almost burnt-like, and it’s totally enticing and wonderful. Taste is rich, full bodied, full flavored old ale. Could drink this all night, absolutely perfect beer.
bursprak (2573) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle split a few ways, thanks guys! Weak blackish pour with tiny lacings. Notes of brrrbn, vanilla, coconut, dark dried fruits, prunes, vanilla, caramel and light molasses. Actually very enjoyable!
VastActiv (5733) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at The Well, New York. Colour is brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Ripe fruits, some sweetness and malts. Very enjoyable.
laiti (8081) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
75 cl bottle @ home. Bottle #06152
As ”Fruet”, 15,5%, bought 07/2012
Aroma has bourbon tones, alcohol and ripe fruits. Flavour has bourbon, woody tones, sweet malt, ripe fruits, more bourbon and warming alcohol. Man, this is 100% bourbon and 100% sweet malt. Works as a slow sipper but don’t you try to finish a bottle alone. I dare you.
tiong (6482) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
as Fruet, 2012 vintage - Pours dark reddish brown with a tiny bubbly head. Aroma of malts, caramel, toffee, syrup, bourbon, wood, vanilla, toffee, oak and molasses. Taste is heavy, sweetish and woody with loads of caramely malts, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, oak and syrup. Finish is sweet, warming with alcohol and heavy with maltiness, bourbon, wood, oak, vanilla, toffee, syrup and candies. Feels like a sweet and heavy barley wine with some bourbon mixed in.
olio (9368) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75 cl bottle. (15.5% abv) 2012 vintage.
Pours dark red color with a small head. Ripe fruits and mild hops on the nose, plums and caramel, some wooden notes. Caramel and toffee on the flavor, vanilla, wood, malts and some alcohol warmth, nice bourbon notes. As said that, the alcohol fairly well hidden overall, sweetness also, very nice slow sipper. Worth to note that this bottle has been aged for a while, with good results.