Bov (12888) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 9, 2017
courtesy of Antonio Rey - copper-brown beer with a little foam left; aroma of prunes, alcohol and marzipan; full-bodied, fairly sweet, gently sour; long aftertaste of dried plums, apples and hints of yeast; some residual sweetness - superb BlackHaddock (7410) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
5th Feb 2016: De Bierboom, Brugge. Shared from a bottle at the 4th International Beer Swap. Thanks whoever brought it. Strange shaped bottle, there was two of them, so we all got a good sized sample. Dark amber pour with a thin beige head. Malty nose with caramel notes intertwined with Sherry and Port traces, some herbal and spice traces also in the complex aroma. The taste followed along the same lines, semi-sweet from the caramel like molasses, yet with a mild tartness from the aging and Wine traces, spices flavours added to the interestingly flavoured beer. Hid the alcohol very well. One of the many highlights of the evening. larsga (7567) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2014
Small beige head. Hazy dark reddish brown body. Caramelly
butterscotch and linoleum aroma with sherry and spice notes. Dryish,
and faintly acidic, earthy caramelly linoleum taste with spicy notes.
Mid-to-full body. Mild, somewhat hot, slightly flat mouthfeel.
Dryish, slightly acidic, earthy spicy caramelly aftertaste with,
again, linoleum and cardamom notes. Background of sherry and
chocolate. Very complex, harmonic, and balanced. A masterpiece.
(0.75l bottle, shared with us by the kind barman at Homo Sibaris,
Barcelona. Thank you so much.) Gr0ve (2176) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2014
750 ml bottle, or something not too far from that size. Might have been 600, but who knows. Kindly served by the staff at Homo Sibaris, Barcelona. Intense caramel up front, then vinous barrel aromas. Sherry. Slightly oxidized, but not much. Rich caramel and rich. But, the body is light. Surprisingly, slim. Clearly well attenuated. More sherry. Rich and complex upfront. Then, sherry and vinous flavours. A very interesting beer. Very similar to a sherry fino. Caramel mostly in the beginning. A little chocolate too perhaps. The wine then takes over. A very interesting, and flavourful beer. Unusual. zebra (2169) - Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2014
interesting barrel-shaped bottle with no volume on label (but i think 750 ml) from cervezorama. clear amber color. malty. not hard to taste red wine. finally figured out the label: the popaire octopus (in a Somontano barrel) with the AS as de cors.
GBZ59 (1217) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - APR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Grifo. Copa Globo en la II Feria Artesana de L´Hospitalet 2014. Color ámbar muy oscuro con tintes rubí a contraluz. Espuma bronceada que muestra bastante buena retención pese a su alto perfil ABV. Los suaves aromas y sabores despliegan envolventes notas de pasas moscatel y frutos del bosque subyacentes. Cuerpo medio y carbonatación baja. La textura es densa y azucarada pero no resulta empalagosa ya que, en el intermedio, se aligera y permite que sutiles notas de vino y madera afloren i equilibren los sabores dulces, al tiempo que resalta los lúpulos en el amargo final. Una buena representante del Estilo American Barley Wine pese a encontrarse lejos de las habituales y desmesuradas lupulizaciones de otras. Una sabrosa y deliciosa elaboración. On-tap. Snifter glass @ II L´Hospitalet Artisan Fair 2014. Very dark amber color & ruby tints to the light. Tan head shows fairly good retention despite its high ABV profile. Smooth flavors & aromas display involving muscatel raisin notes & dark fruit on the backside. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Texture is dense & sugary but it is not cloying since it becomes slightly watery in the middle, then subtle hues of wine & wood arise & balance sweet flavors while allow hops to be shown into a bitter finish. Nice spot of American Barley wine even though is far away from usual insane hoppy of others. Flavorful & delightful brew.