omhper (20472) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Clear mahogany colour, rich head. Arousing peach brandy and buttery malt fight for attention in the nose. The grapefruity hops remain a distant third. Sweet and full bodied with fairly soft, chewy mouthfeel. Plenty of butterscotch and caramel. Growing late bitterness. Peppery alcohol has a slight tendency to skew the balance in an otherwise harmonious huge beer.
joergen (22282) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms Marina, Helsingborg.
Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles.
Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, liquorice, hops, alcohol and grape fruits.
Dry hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle , nice extra from a great trader! thanks! nice dark amber pour with slow rising slightly cascading bubbles/head. the aroma is nice, both very malty and hoppy, smells like a nice candy. the taste is nice, good malt presence, good hop presence, pretty well balanced, yet not the most interesting hop profile. the palate is very nice for the abv, slightly drying and bitter. good stuff, i always love me a good 12%+ iipa!
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very dark brown with a creamy off white head. Big caramel, citrus hops, and alcohol aroma and taste with some roasted grain notes on the back end.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark brown red, with a thick head. Beautifully settled. Aroma is surprisingly easy citrus, booze, and caramel. Flavor is similar with more emphasis on big bad fruits all boozed up. Great!
Ibrew2or3 (7262) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet bonus beer courtesy of ksurkin. Pours dark clear amber with tan head. The aroma is full with musty sludgy sweet malts, some caramel, loads and loads of pine hops and grassy resin. The taste is thick and sweet with malty musty chewiness moving into intense sludgy pine hoppiness and resiny goodness. The finish has fading malt sweetness mixing with robust pine hops that slowly fade away deep in the after taste. Wow! My kind of beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear copper body with a large tan head that hangs around for a bit. Lavish sticky lacing is left on the glass. Huge malt aroma has toffee, toasted caramel and molasses. Tropical fruits(pineapple and mango) are also noticed. Chewy and almost full body has moderate carbonation. Taste is dominated by the chewy toffee and caramel maltiness. Citrusy and earthy hops struggle to balance. Alcohol is concealed very well, quite a feat for a 12.5% abv. but some warmth does show up as it nears room temperature. Definitely a sipper, and more like a barleywine than a big IPA.
markwise (4587) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours caramel brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, raisin, brandy, brown sugar, and spice. Flavor is caramel, raisin, brandy, hops, and toffee. Lingering sweetness quickly dissipates into bitterness. Intriguing beer.
gnoff (8119) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2012 First rating
Bottled at Rotary Pub, Göteborg
On May 14, 2010
Clear very dark copper to brown color, big lasting tan head. An IPA in color? Not very pale. Fantastic, sweet, malty, caramel scent, a very complex maltiness, also some chocolate and orange. Very, very smooth nice smell. Close to perfect for me, but not quite top score for the smell, something is a bit less than perfect, though I couldn’t put my finger on what. Sweet, malty, alcohol, bitter, solvents, grainy taste. Does not back up the smell all the way, would’ve been amazing had it done so. Medium to smooth mouthfeel. Medium high harsh dry bitterness. So not pale enough for the style, and also not enough smell of hops for the style. Still, my scores are based on personal preference as always, not on correctness of style.
Bottle on The Old Beefeater Inn, Göteborg, on April 28, 2012
Sold at a low special prize, most likely been there a while. Was told it was more a Barley Wine, which I agree on.
Clear red color, lasting tan head. Sweet, malty, mimlky, alcohol scent. Sweet, toffee, alcohol, grainy taste. Roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, warming alcohol. Lasting bitterness that is high initially.
Very nice and very drinable, but messes me up with the ABV, gotta be careful.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Bob. Pours to a bright glowing dark chestnut body with a thin off-white head. The aroma is a sweet barley wine. Huge amounts of sweet barley with some nice bitter hops. This is a really nice barley wine. Sweet and nicely bitter medium heavy texture.