Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Highly aromatic, vinous ale with intense alcohol and juicy grapes aromas. The appearance is spectacular from the onset, a beautiful, lasting, sticky white head towering above the hazy reddish amber hue. While it’s not hugely complex for a 12%+ digestive, it manages to hit some unusual flavour ranges, amidst which stand out a gently tannic, tea-like but even more so wild rice reminiscent texture, complementing the timid hops nicely in balancing out the flavour profile... well, as much as you may consider this sweet monster balanced. On the less pleasant side, it is also fairly phenolic, featuring rosewater, clove and white Pepper nuances that are important to the flavour profile I suppose, but not the best fit to the rich maltiness. Some extra acidity would be welcome in here, as when the beer warms up, it becomes pretty hot.
tommann (2764) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Pours a hazy dark orange with a medium head. Aroma is sweet with toffee and orange. Taste is sweet with toffee and raisin. Sweet fruity finish. Smooth drinking.
HerrKrinkle (11) - Montreux, SWITZERLAND - DEC 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Without a doubt one of the best barley wines I’ve ever tasted. Incredibly well-balanced. The Muscatel aging was very clever as it helped balance the cereal flavors and ABV and bring out the sweetness. Beautiful brew.
Scopey (7054) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Josh Craft Clerko. It pours hazy deep amber-brown with a medium off-white head. The nose is toasty, earth, spice, floral, must, brown bread, gingerbread, spice and Xmas cake. The taste is wood, earth, candy, fortified wine, candy, toffee, gingerbread, earth, toast, hot cross bun, vinous, gooseberry and white grape. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit hot, but alright.
Theydon_Bois (9079) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at CBC, thanks to Josh, 05/12/13.
Hazed reddish amber with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is booze laden, punchy tropical notes, sweaty tights, touch pissoi, caramelised sugars, vague perfume notes.
Taste mellows a little when contrasted to the nose, not quite as much going down but decent none the less with caramel malt base, brown sugars, dark stewed fruits, candied orange peel, red grapefruit, woody notes, red grapes.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, booze evident in the finish but subtle enough throughout.
Decent enough B Wine.
Leighton (11301) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell in London - big thanks to Josh! Pours lightly hazy amber with a thick, off-white head. Heavy stuff. Lots of rich, ripe fruits, berries, bread and toffee. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with some alcohol sting, dried berries, hefty bready malts. Quite sweet and intimidating on the palate but still quite tasty.
maneliquor (3152) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours dark brown with a small, tan head leaving very sticky lacing. Nose is big on the dark fruits - raisin, dates, fig. Fairly stewed and tofee focused stuff with mild chocolate powder. Taste is dry and chocolate driven, mild pepper, stewed figs/dates, raisin sweetness and brown sugar. Some vanilla and banana on the finish. Moderate heat. think his could do with a fair bit of age on it. Decent stuff
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a light clear amber color ale with a rather large foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet toffee notes with caramelized malt with light sweet vinous notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet toffee notes with some caramelized malt with a sweet white wine finish. The whole mix is sweet without being overly so that it falls into gross territory. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not as complex as I was anticipating with nice used of barrel-aging treatment.
Pinball (10867) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy brown smooth lite brown head aroma is boozy malty flavor is boozy malty flowery woody delicatr
TBone (12815) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy ruby-amber color, steady beige head. Winey, hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied. Smooth palate, wineous. Sweetish, hops, alcohol. Slickier than normal version, nice.