FatPhil (10702) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle (Black Door, Helsinki)
7 Rich marmitey aroma. Some dark fruit sweetness, dates
4 Deep ruby, small tan head settles to a ring
8 Gently chocolatey roast, quite cakey in places. Some bitterness, stangely hoppy for Traquair.
4 Smooth sweet palate, quite crisp carbonation. Finish choc full with chocolate, and leaves
15 Certainly quite potent, but with the noble hop bitterness, the tingles you get in your mouth are not just alcohol. Look forward to having the chance of an aged one in 5 years.
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel, overripe fruits and cake. Flavor was quite sweet with roasted malt, caramel, dark overripe fruits and vinious notes. Finished sweet.
daknole (10255) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown. Maple, raisins, prunes, buckwheat pancake aroma. Flavor is sweet with some fresh cane syrup, prunes, vanilla and molasses. Good stuff!
hopscotch (10077) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Deep, dark copper ale with a small, creamy, white head. Lasting retention. The bouquet is a luxuriant intermingling of caramel, toffee, ruby port, light molasses and toasted pecans with a splash of coffee. Full-bodied and oily with supple carbonation. The flavor is a complex, lightly vinous, hearty mélange of sweet caramel malts, buttery toffee, crusted port and rich coffee. Malty, but fairly balanced, warming finish. More reminiscent of a Scotch ale than a barley wine. World class beer from a classy, masterful brewery!
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits, caramel, toffee, some earthiness, and some woodiness. Tastes of caramel, dark fruits, lighter earthiness, chocolate, and some roast. Smooth and easy drinking for 10%.
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superior English style barleywine. Dark colour, dark fruit, toffee, booze balanced with a subdued sweetness, cherry, fig, vanilla.Some mollasses and massive rich malts. Very drinkable, so smooth. Above average mouthfeel. I am sure ageing would make it even more amazing.Thanks again M.-P.
mcberko (9223) - 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.
Scopey (8822) - 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.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Capone’s. Pours clear mahogany/dark brown indirectly, with 1-finger tan head. Nose is earthy peaty dark malt, figgy fruit, cherry, berry, hops, caramel, red grapey. Complex nose on this., Tastes malty, earthy, peaty, slightly scotch-like, fairly rich, with some figgy fruit notes, semi-sweet vinous fruit, brown sugar minus most of the sweetness, and earthy notes.
BMan1113VR (7903) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a deep, mahogany brown body with a medium sized, khaki head. Huge aromas of brown sugar and dates. Cereal, toffee, alcohol, caramelization, vanilla. Very deep. Flavors of brown sugar, caramelization, prunes, dates, dark fruits. Brandy. Good. Could probably use 2 years of age to its benefit. Medium to lively bubbles. A bit of booze and esters. Nicely balanced for a young strong ale. Tasty.