Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown-black with almost no light tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, alcohol, syrup, vanilla, berries. Taste is vanilla, dark fruit, alcohol; really good! This is really enjoyable. Full mouth feel. Get this.
jandd1983 (3313) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
It poured a hazy brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of sugar, syrup, malts, toffee and some caramel. The taste was similar to the aroma with pepper and some more sweetness. It had a light to medium body and was sweet overall. Tasty.
Bill Becker (610) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No sound when I popped the cap, itís a very dark brown, almost black, with a very fine layer of foam.
The smell has some Port like aromas coming from it...dark fruits, and a sweetness to it that seems to come with all Port like brews.
Made with candi sugar and it tastes it. That kind of drowns out the promising Port flavour I expected from the smell. Thereís a strange hop bitterness that I canít quite put my finger on but it isnít all that forward so thatís okay.
Medium bodied with surprisingly little heat coming from the ample abv. I sense no carbonation.
All in all, itís pretty good but NOT at +$19 for the 375ml bottle. I know, no one forced me to buy it but I had to check it out. ;^)
AndySnow (5573) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Where: Domus Birrae, had at the hotel room.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a small off-white head.
Aroma: Fruit, caramel, malt, dried fruit, plums.
Body: Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, alcohol, caramel, sweet malt, some liquorice, dark fruit, plums.
wlajwl (4927) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is dark fruit, malts and mild/medium vinous. The flavor is dark fruit, grapes/vinous, malts, very little carbonation, berries/raspberries, very slight astringency and a tangy/mildly alcoholic finish.
monk191 (1459) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good, boozy barleywine. Pours a very nice cloudy red with a thin white head. Smells very smooth, a bit of booze and caramel. Taste is very malty, with a bit of chocolate. Very sweet aftertaste that lingers. Had in the bottle at La Trappe's Italian event.
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Silvan7 (929) - Samarate, ITALY - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle @ AF 2013 Milano. schiuma beige grossolana quasi assente e di brevissima persistenza. birra ramata carica, tendente al marrone, opalescente. aroma abbastanza intenso, fruttato di amarene, cioccolata, toffee, lieve tostatura e alcool. gusto dolce amabile, poco amaro e solo da tostatura, acidulo. speziatura (cannella e zenzero) piacevole e non invadente, gustosa come un porto o uno sherry. alcolica , quasi per nulla carbonata, rotonda equilibrata ed armonica.
Sissio (975) - Orsenigo, ITALY - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown, no head
Winey, UVA passa
Sweet, hint of bitterness and sourness
Chocolate, uva passa
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fiammanghilla (902) - Genova, ITALY - JUL 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottiglia 37,5 cl.
Marcata 2011, 12 gradi.
Color miele scuro senza schiuma.
Carbonazione assente, corpo molto oleoso, spesso.
Aroma tostato, dolciastro e alcolico con finale perÚ amaro piuttosto lungo.
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2nd May 2011
Cloudy brown - red beer, good creamy head. Sweet malt nose. Soft smooth palate. Sweet caramel malt with some toffee. Figs and dates when the beer is cold. As it warms up there is honey, guava and traces of red wine and aniseed. Smooth creamy finish. Tiny bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. Delicious!! Unusual and highly drinkable!