wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 22, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge thanks to my friend, Craig, cgarvieuk, for having dinner and breaking out the haggis! Amber color. Creamy head. Sweet. Thicker body. Barrel aging is mild. Maybe some pleasant oxidation. Excellent. A bit of vanilla.
blankboy (6018) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy orange-red with a large lasting fluffy off-white head -- nice! Aroma of oranges, herbs, some bubblegum, more fruit, alcohol, white wine, wood and more -- lots going on here. Flavour’s fruity and malty along with floral hops, alcohol, wood, yeast and herbs. Medium bodied. If it weren’t for the high alcohol this would almost be refreshing, but either way it’s really good stuff.
anders37 (16539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty slightly yeasty aroma with hints of caramel and some hoppy hints. Fruity malty slightly yeasty caramel flavor with some woody hints. Has a sweetish fruity malty caramel finish
madsberg (10142) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Orange coloured. Unclear. Light brown head. Grassy, floral aroma with a heavy alcohol touch. Flavour has caramel, ripe fruits and grassy notes. Medium bodied. Fruity and dry end with a huge alcoholbite.
Ungstrup (29208) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a thin lazing off-white head. The aroma has notes of malt, caramel, fruit, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, fruit, and wood, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Light herbal and caramelish aroma, light alcohol presence. Sweet malty, complex fruity and light wooden smooth vanilla like note. Fruity and yeasty lingering flavoured finish.
garthicus (2661) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Cloudy orange/peach with a small dirty yellow head. Aroma: Malt, whiskey, white wine, caramel, sour (rhubarb?). Flavour: Sweet and honey like, alcohol, quite syrupy and sticky, floral, alcohol present but not overpowering, some oak in the finish. Very nice.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (375ml, green). Shared with blankboy and garthicus, via trade with MadMitch at Market Porter - thanks, mate!. Hazy graduated amber, average creamy-frothy beige head, nice sticky lacing. Sharp, pungent, floral aroma, fairly strong alcohol, yeasty, with dry wood, sweet - maybe a hint of white wine. Taste - strong alcohol, but well balanced against sweet caramel malt and woody, dry floral bitterness - quite yeasty and ultimately dry - a superb English barley wine. Solid body, somewhat astringent from the alcohol and pungent floral bitterness, roses - really, really good, one of the best (and freshest seeming) English BWs I’ve had.
Fin (7347) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that I picked up at Stirchley Wines, B’ham, Apr 09 shared with dad 16-05-09 Pours deep amber, possibly edging towards copper in colour with off white head. Aroma is squishy oranges and some molasses but it’s not the strongest of aroma’s. There is a light fizziness on the tongue, the strength is apparent straight away and the bitterness is a continual one, this a warming beer on the way down. Some fruitinesss, good maltiness, a likeable beer but not quite as good as I expected, I have a couple put away, so maybe in a year or two I will revisit. On to the next two. A6 A4 F7 P4 Ov13 3.4
cgarvieuk (14175) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2012 Bottle at my cloisters Bar staff tasting no2... Slight pink amber ... sweet pine orange peel and apricot on nose ... sweet smooth rich and soft ... apricot and peach ... very creamy ... This was so nice that i know i need to revisit the PX rating. 4.1
bottle at RBESG 2011 Grand Tasting ... copper ... soft sweet fruit ... light whiskey? nose ... rich vanilla toffee soft frutis ... juicy malts ...soft orange ... not as good as i remember 3.6