ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
375cl bottle served in a La Trappe glass. Pours a dark amber colour which glows bright red in candle light. Head is somewhat small but what little there is remains long into the drink which is ideal as this is very much a sipper and will last a long time. Aroma is hugely powerful. Caramel, toffee, dried fruits, booze, anise you name it it’s here. Taste is sweetness with all the aroma but more very, very strong although considering its ABV there is little burn. Aftertaste is oaky sweetness with minimal bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick which complements the huge complexity of flavours on offer and the most powertful of aromas to challenge any beer. Best of its style I have tried.
ansalon (2973) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours caramel with a low tan head. Aromas of caramel, raisins, figs, dates, ripe apple, muscovado sugar. Taste is caramel, raisins, figs, dates, apple, muscovado sugar with some slight oak and vanilla notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and sticky with almost no carbonation.
Xavalias (280) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle from Magasin du Nord, DK. Pours cloudy dark orange-brown with creamy beige to yellow head, medium persistence, good lacing. Nose of dark fruits, sweet grapes. Complex, intense aroma of ripe and dried fruits, plums, strong caramel, grapes, vanilla, muscatel, toffee, alcohol. Taste is very sweet, medium to low bitter, well rounded. Full bodied, smooth, syrupy palate, creamy texture. Very long sweet, moscatel and caramel finish. Absolutely fantastic!
Stuu666 (10594) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper amber, sickly sweet toffee and caramel, light fruit, harsh.
Gaultier (1501) - SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends 13/6-14. Aroma: Fruity, caramel, sweetness, dessert wine. Taste: Fruity, caramel, toffee, sweetness. Body is full with an oily texture. The finish is sweet with taste of caramel.
BRW (2248) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller & friends. Dark orange colour with off-white head. Fruity, maly and caramel aroma. Fruity, malt and caramel taste. Medium to full body.
ClubGonzo (5416) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 10, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle from Mikkeller and Friends, Copenhagen. Pours a hazy dark nougat-hued brown body with a large creamy light beige head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, booze, sweet dessert wine tones, hints of bread and brown sugar. Taste is sweet caramel, burnt sugar, raisins, bread crust, booze, bitter herbs and hints of brown sugar and astringent citric peel. Full to medium body, medium carbonation. The barrel aging seem to have removed a bit of the body on this one, as well as unveiling a rather unpleasant astringency in the bitterness. Surprisingly enough, this heavyweight from To Øl comes across as rather unbalanced and not very pleasant.
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber pour, with an off white head. Toffee, moderate sweetness, vinous, oak, grape, sweet dark fruitiness, and dense bread. Decent.
RichTheVillan (6669) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 11 at Tool Tasting Night from Cotteridge Wines; burnished amber pour with a frothy beige head, tangerine and orange aroma, taste has sweet caramel, marmalade, juicy pine, very sticky and very boozy.
bhensonb (14075) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark orange amber with a a slight beige head. Aroma is treacle/grape with detectable wood. Med + body. Flavor is treacle, grape, oak and spice? Quite nice stuff.