Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml. 2006 vintage. 13%. Pours a darker orange which can look more amber or ruby in different lighting. Flat of course; I wasn’t expecting any carbonation after having the Silver and Copper labels recently. I like the aroma on this one the best; when I pulled the cork out, a pleasant banana aroma filled the immediate vicinity. Now in the snifter I’m getting some nice caramel/toffee, molasses, honey, sweet malt, a little alcohol but not "boozy" per se. Yum, the flavor in this one is easily the best of the series: Quite fruity with again the sweet glaze/syrupy flavors. Kind of like a brandy, kind of like a port. Definitely a fermented winegrape element is present in the flavor. It’s very sweet, but manages to stay just under the cloying threshold. Mouthfeel is oily, medium viscosity, sticky finish; again, just like a port. I definitely like this one the best out of the series. I think this is mostly because this one helped me understand and appreciate what this series is supposed to be (and be about). I mean this is literally a "barley wine". That is, this is wine, not beer. Wine that happens to be fermented from grain instead of grapes. When I look at it in the context of wine, and through a filter of Italiana, I can really start appreciating this and liking it a lot. But yes, in that context; not in the traditional beer context would I easily understand this opus. Overall, very good to excellent.
Lowenbrau (3737) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 30, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @Cimeria, Oviedo. 29-12-2016.
"Cata improvisada". Botella de Julius. Gracies!
"Reserva Teo Musso 2011".
Amazingly rich and complex barley wine. Lots os toffee, sweet, vanilla, licorice, dired fruit aromas and flavours. Really viscous texture, silky. Lovely, cloying...one of those "resembling spirit" beers.
Maersk (203) - MOLDOVA - DEC 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby brown (black tea), no head. Smells port, caramel, fruit pie. Full body, very sweet, alcohol, liquor mildness (обвола Though not very rich in taste.
msbernac (2201) - Krakow, POLAND - DEC 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma-dark fruits, honey, alcohol, rasins
Appearance- copper, clear, no foam
Taste-medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour,
Palate-full body, thick feel, flat carbonation,
TychoJames (1162) - Örebro, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska systembolaget. Bärnstensfärgad vätska utan skum. Doft av knäck, torkad frukt, kokos, fat och mandelmassa. Portvinskänsla i smaken. Katrinplommon, melass, fat och druva. Mycket söt munkänsla med värmande spritighet. Knappt någon kolsyra
artemb (830) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - DEC 19, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is very intense: sweet, sherry, oxidized, some leather, some roasted bready notes, red vermuth.
Taste: very sweet with light spicy alcohol bitterness.
Some subtle vanilla notes in the flavour.
dnicolaescu (2262) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
BOTTLE 50 CL as Clear dark amber brown. Super rich malty aroma, sticky caramelized sugars transcending into chocolate, augmented by spicy clove, oxidized notes and good booze. Really sweet, with the alcohol drying out the sweetness, with a good deal of sherry oxidation notes and brandy infused dried fruit. Excellent.
Werckmeister (2501) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - AUG 28, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,5l from bottle shared by kraddel. Vintage 2009. brown color, no head. smells of liquor, dark fruits, raisins, marzipan, some alcohol, coconut, some wood, light grape notes. very nice smell. full body, almost no carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of light alcohol, nutty, marzipan, coconut, dark fruits, raisins, light grapes, some wood notes. finishes lightly sweet with some alcohol and nutty and light grape notes. very nice one
kraddel (6853) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours unclear dark amber. No head. Smell is intense , walnut. Bit booze. Taste is very very silky, walnut, oak, intense, sweet. Very Rich, complex, some raisins. Very Nice !
ALIBALI (1105) - Kiel, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Abgefahren!! Keine Kohlensäure, klar. Extrem starker Holz/Fassgeruch. SÜßE!!! DESSERTCHARAKTER!!!! Dickflüssig und im Nachhall exorbitant aromatisch, aber leider such etwas zu süß. Die 14,5% Edition getestet, bei den KIELER CRAFT BEER DAYS 2016. 0,1/4€.
Baramba (1038) - ITALY - JUL 21, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample. Amber no head. Malt, tobacco, ripe fruits, oak aroma. Strong sweet ripe fruits flavour, sherry, caramel, oily texture