Svesse (5650) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 26 Nov 2010) Dark amber colour with brief, off-white head. Fruity, malty nose with citrus, caramel and dried fruit. Malty, fruity taste with notes of dried fruit, apricots, orange, caramel and a slightly spicy bitterness. More than medium body, slightly sweetish. Tasty and well balanced. Nice one.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A chestnut coloured headless beer. The aroma is fruity boozy and cakey with sweet brown fruits. It’s the same in the mouth. Sweet boozy and tasty. Very moreish. A lovely English style Barley Wine.
sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask - White Cliffs Festival 2010, Dover. A ruddy chestnut coloured beer with not much of a head. A syrupy, demerara sugar sweet aroma, which comes through in the flavour backed by a bit of heat and light hop balance. Quite drinkable for the style and ABV with a medium body and a soft, lingering mouhfeel.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber colour. Sweet malty aroma. Sweet, treacly, oily taste with a background of pear drops, vanilla and alcohol. A little bitterness. A lovely Christmas sipper, not totally in its element on a sunny, warm August day. But whose fault is that, Mr H?
berkshirejohn (3955) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Asda, Earley. Dark amber with a thin fast-fading cream head; malty aroma with obvious alcohol; rich, fruity, christmas pudding flavours, with brandy and raisins and caramel; dry finish with some burn from the alcohol and a rich syrupy texture. Very drinkable.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Clear deep amber - - almost orangey brown - with a small off-white head. Fat berry-like fruit aroma with some alcohol present. Quite full-bodied with sweet fruit accents and some caramel. Lightly bitter finish. 210309
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 7.2%. Peppery aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Good vanilla flavour to start with, turning malty and finishing with a mellow alcohol note. Slightly sweet. Good.
Ungstrup (27641) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. An amber beer with a lazng tan head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel and elderflowers. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of caramel and hops, leading to a bitter finish.
yespr (28615) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cL clear bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small white head. Dry caramel malty and roasted aroma. Flavour has the same with a bit of liqourice from back of the tongue. Smooth caramel and bitter to slight spiced flavoured. Ends dry and solid caramel malty.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from Fin. Thanks mate! Alas for the dreaded clear bottle. (Sure enough, a touch of skunk upon opening.) Pours a deep brown with small tan layer of bubbles. After a little time in the glass, the skunk seems to disipate and there is a very pleasant woody caramel quality. A touch of solventy alcohol notes, like a yeast very not happy to be fermenting this strong. Chewy rustic caramel flavor with a burnt toffee edge. A bit of sugary vanilla. Rather sweet, but the burnt quality takes the edge off the sticky. Quite a bit hotter than a 7% beer really has any need to be, distracting from some otherwise decent flavors. Still a reasonably interesting beer overall, but feels like it could have been much better.