McNeillR (2315) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Rich, woody and a sweet smokiness. Dank booze initially, sweet but soft. Creamy and sweet with a vibrant boozy middle. Moreish peppery linger. BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber with off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, dates, raisins. Taste is incredibly rich sherry fruits, raisins with smoke and oak, vanilla. Sweet and bitter. Nice. cgarvieuk (24515) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle at home... Deep brown... Thin tan lacing... Soft smoke... Ligt sweet treacle nose... Soft sweet creamy toffee malts... Light bitter roast marcus (10227) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours murky copper with a rich beige head and a toffee and candy aroma. There is a full-bodied dark malt flavor complemented by a very nice hop profile that meshes well with the malt. Nicely bitter oak finish. inceptioj (54) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 23, 2013
I’ve been having so many good beers recently, can hardly remember the last time I was disappointed. I feel kinda guilty somehow. This is another exceptional offering from my long time favorite 8 Wired. Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber. My nose is a tad stuffy and the glassware isn’t quite right so having a bit of difficulty picking up subtleties in the aroma. Stone fruit and smoke is all I’m getting. The taste is obviously incredibly complex with a punch of smoke up front, molasses, some marmite, and a beautiful fruity finish. It’s a nice marrying of flavors and the silky buttery palate makes everything even more delicious.
Vells (1846) - Rīga, LATVIA - DEC 16, 2013
Awww.. great brew.. Intense malty, caramel, loads of hops, wood, intense fruitiness. Somewhat reminds barley wine. Quite thick and syrupy. Sweet with nice bitterness. Great balance and great in each aspect. Gimme moaaar zenkis (861) - Ogre, LATVIA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours deep red wine reddish with small off-white top. Aroma - fruity dominant, but not citrusy - more kind of peaches or mango. Thick, caramely flavor with loads of hops, intense bitterness is most welcomed. Palate - astringent on tongue, medium+ to full body, dry and oily finish, thick mouthfell, pleasant bitter aftertaste with light fruity sweetness. From 8 wired session this definitely goes in Top3-Nr.1. bhensonb (15208) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is a bit medicinal. With a chocolate hint. Or is there anise? Difficult. Med + body. Flavor is strong hop - earthy/citrus, moving on to some brown sugar, then to a woody astringency, then to something really earthy. Finishes with an anise hint in the nose with each sip, but quite non-anise. I think I’m finally getting a light smoke - sort of like the liquid smoke available in stores. This is a very challenging ale to dissect. Really good tho. Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2013
Pour dark amber almost brown, no real head or carbonation.
String roasted malt and whiskey aromas. Molasses, raisin,oak make it a rich solid beer.
Thick and fruity, upfront is a Christmas cake like fruit and sugar, but following that is a woody malty, chocolate beer.
Smooth finish, like a nice liquor, smokey malts and fruit hop bitterness round this great beer out.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Cantabrian (1131) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2013
This was a such a lovely treat from Jimthechap. The beer pours dark reddish copper, very crystal translucid, raising incredible aromas of a malt base, of course, but with plenty of cloying sweet treats such as honey and maple syrup. There is a peaty flavour to it, actually running just below the main alcohol vein. Peat and whisky on the flavours, above a vast malty bed. The beer feels a bit resinous, quite nice. There’s only the whisky element to stop one from pillaging this bottle more at ease. I would have called it a Barley Wine, but perhaps I do not know enough of both sytles.