Cuso (5988) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from GreatDane1632 as part of Local world wide swap, many thanks. Deep ruby red brown with medium off-white head. Sweet berries in aroma with caramel, alcohol. red fruits, honey, malt, earthy hops, alcoholic bitterness in finish. Tasty sipper.
RedSox2004 (1443) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber/garnet with a tight tan head and viscous lacing. Rich dark fruit aromas accompanied by alcohol - sherry - and brown bread and baked apple. Big caramel sweetness up front, with ripe fruit and a touch of chocolate syrup. Full body, syrupy mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, warming alcohol throughout and a lingering fruit sweetness in the end.
drsordr (1547) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sample at Cincinnati Beerfest 2015 pour dark copper with thin tan head. Nose sweet malt, licorice, dank and earthy. Taste moderate bitter up front, then toffee and dank. Light bitter finish. A bit overpowered by the other beers I sampled this day.
BrettTaylor (637) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an dark orang’ish brown with creamy 1 finger white head. Head dissipates pretty quickly. Aroma - toffee, caramel, dried fruits, a little bit of an almost bourbon barrel note with vanilla and mild spices. Taste - malt, dark malts, med roast coffee. Moderately thick on the palate with a nice warming across the back of the throat. Bottle is from Sept. 2013. It’s aged very nicely.
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells great, tons of caramel, soy sauce, sticky toffee. Hazy brown color with a foamy brown head. Tastes great, upfront sweet and sour characteristics, finishes with candi sugar and intense earthy bitterness. Long finish with a hint of molasses at the end. Not super to my taste but very good beer nonetheless. Thick bodied, average carbonation.
arnold931 (853) - Iowa, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Bricks. Pours clear brown with some off white head. Nose is caramel and whiskey. Taste is same. Some bitterness in the aftertaste. Good.
Dr_Fellini (831) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a medium nut brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is molasses, dark fruits, port. Flavor is boozy, dark fruits, raisin. Thick oily creamy body with a lingering alcohol burn. Decent barley wine, but I think I’m starting to get spoiled with all that barrel aged stuff out there.
VastActiv (3953) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Ginger Man, New York. Colour is reddish brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, raisins, spices, ginger? and malts.
Quite dry barley wine.
sonnycheeba (4251) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is rich bready and cookie malts, plums, raisins, caramel, black licorice, and molasses. Flavor is rich malt profile with medium floral hop bitterness, dark fruit esters, caramel, and faint woodiness. Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
snoworsummer (3254) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours hazy nut brown with a bubby off white head. Tastes like raisin, dried fruits, booze, toasted malt, and dry grapefruit hops. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisin, nutty malt, toast, and caramel.