VastActiv (5447) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.665l (2012 Vintage) at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Colour is ruby copper with very small white head. Aromas and flavours: Pine, dark fruits, raisins, caramel, dryness, hops and malts. Aroma much better than flavour. Needs maltiness.
ClarkVV (5403) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 750mL bottle, not sure the date, but it is a one-off produced for the annual employee meeting some year ago. Generously opened by Eyedrinkale on 8/27/2005. Pours a dark copper-orange with some rich beige-caramel and light auburn tinges. Head is small but sustained, being light beige in color. Thick beer, with enough there to provide some light lacing, and a lightly hazy color. Aroma of pine and resin, thick juicy hops, very bitter but with a strong bracing of rich caramel and toffee. Flavor is very straightforward. Caramel, thick and rich, but quite dry, overall. I found it to be lightly astringent on the end, with a huge hops bitterness and alcohol fuel dryness. Even a bit of breadiness in there from the malts. Strong, assertive and just too forceful for my liking. These are the kind of beers I hate, though I can respect that at least the beer is brewed with a ton of body/malt. Thick and coating with a good mouthfeel, sticky and sweet at times, low carbonation. Too much acid/alcohol grows on the palate as the glass gets lower and it just burns without much redeeming interest gained from the simple, very one-dimensional caramel flavors. Surely not my cup of tea.
thornecb (5374) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Tan medium length head recedes to hug rim. Dark caramel aromas. Sweet caramel upfront turning to mild earth in the still sweet finish.
PhillyCraft (5360) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, coompliments of Joe with some friends. Pours a light orange red shade with white small head and barely any lacing. Notes of pine, syrupy honey, cherry, sugar, citrus hops, vanilla, and burnt toast. Light bodied for a barleywine. Nothing too memorable from this beer. Just ok.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Zwicklemania 2011 – Widmer Brothers Brewery
Brown in color clear with a thin head. Tons of malt and raisin malt aroma. Big barrel aging flavors and thick sweet malts. This was a tasty beer. Warms up well and was great for the cold day. Dried fruit flavors and finish.
ClubGonzo (5310) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep hazy orange-amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, nougat, nuts, vanilla, deep malty tones, hints of red berries, toffee and bread. Taste is vanilla, booze, caramel, burnt sugar and hints of rum, white sugar and bread. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty nice American barley wine with no great surprises.
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the Brass Tap, pours a burnt caramel color with aromas of toffee, caramel, light dark fruit and some grapefruit. Flavors follow suit, light sweetness up front with a boozy aftertaste.
jkwood04 (5224) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours copper/ruby with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of a lot of citrusy hops, some caramel and toffee, and alcohol. Flavor the same, with not enough malts to cover up the alcohol. Average texture. The hoppiness is great, but the lack of malts to balance that and the alcohol takes away from this beer.
mar (5181) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a cream head. Nose is hops, bitter, caramel, and light toffee. Smooth palate, creamy dough, toffee, citrus, bitter hops, light alcohol burn.
RobertDale (5180) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Comes a somewhat cloudy amber with a decent biege head. Aroma of malt, grain, and caramel. Taste is caramel, malt, grain, alcohol, fruit, and hops. Nice.