laiti (5694) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ Kahdet Kasvot as ”Traquair 2010”. Rated on 11.12.2010
Aroma is sweet with somewhat harsh malt and ripe fruits. Flavour is rather malty and somewhat harsh with some ripe fruits, raisins and plums. A typical English Barley Wine.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty, malty, delicious. I suggest picking it up, and waiting a few years.
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
surprisingly smooth and light. Dusty fruit and plenty of fruitcake. A little sweet copper metallic. You can definitely tell it has aged from its complexity, relaxed alcohol and lightly oxidized quality. Not quite a Fuller’s Vintage Ale.
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a lot of red. It negins with a smallish head but it noisily and quickly fades. All kinds of dark fruit and rich malt in the aroma. Wood, too. Very inviting. That complex fruit is also tasted. Raisins, plums, cherries, and alcohol. A bit of chocolate and bourbon. Plenty of earth and a nice little hop bitterness. The feel is smooth. This is good stuff.
anders37 (16702) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity sweetish malty caramel dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel flavor warming. Had a sweetish malty dark fruit finish.
dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a murky muddy dark brown body underneath a smaller foamy light beige head. Aroma is quite nice with some big raisin, prune and fig to start then toffee, caramel and molasses slight touch of old honey and earth. The body is medium to fuller with a chalky finish and some alcohol warming and a lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. Flavor of rum soaked raisins, slight touch of buttery toffee, alcohol, vanilla, wood, raisin and fig. Good stuff on this one.
Scopey (6865) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, SF. It pours deep ruby brown, with a thin foamy off-white head. The nose is wood, nut, leather, caramel, marzipan, marshmallow, spice, plum and red grape. The taste is caramel, toffee, leather, nougat, marzipan, fig, raisin, plum, vinous notes, brown sugar and some alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Not cloying. Well balanced. I imagine this will only get better with time.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a dark brown with a small brown fizz. Has a smokey malted mollasses flavor that kind of reminds me of coccoa?? not sure!
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet dark caramel malty nose with some molasses and raisin notes. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel malts with toasty milk chocolate complexity and dark fruity character and mild oxidation before a drier slightly warming creamy finish. Well-balanced and fairly complex. Seems like a cross between a Scotch ale and barley wine.
mcberko (6486) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property, pours a dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of rich dark fruits, including plum, dates, figs, and cherries, butterscotch, molasses, buttery malts, and brown sugar. Flavour of butterscotch, plum, cherries, molasses, brown sugar and booze. Finishes with booze and caramelized / burnt sugar. Great body and complexity. Delicious.