ANZUShophunter (594) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2017
From bottle: 2014 version in a snifter. Pours murky reddish-brown with little head. Aroma builds as it warms: molassas, plums that punctuate the taste as well. I can see there are some port elements as described previously. EtOH fairly well cloaked considering 14+% Sausagedog (16) - Scarborough, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2016
First glance is a murky dark brown flat liquid. Aroma of molasses, then booze, then dark plums.
Quite syrupy, low carb. Very reminiscent of a port.
Raw/brown sugar backbone with all the other flavours hanging off....... The dried plums, figs, sticky date. Boozy. Did i mention porty?
Rich n sweet. Kinda looking for more structure.
My favourite part is the 14.2% Lonick (2537) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2016
Bottle @cgarvieuk. Speedway tasting (Dec 2015) [Rating Backlog] Pours brown with an off white head. Nose is fruity, berries, whisky and sherry. Taste is berries, zesty fruits, caramel, way too sweet for me. CraftyHare (128) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2016
2014 330ml bottle pours solid dark orange-brown with small foamy head. Brown sugar and sultana aroma. Sherry-like rum and raisin character courtesy of the Pedro Ximenez barrels with plenty of caramel malt and a touch of walnut. Rich with medium carbonation and long finish. Definitely one for the sweet-tooth. mrjez (679) - Osaka, JAPAN - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle, 2014 vintage, picked up in Melbourne in Feb. Pours a murky dark amber with a low creamy beige head. Massive whisky nose, even sherry-like, sweet dark cherries and fig, plums. Similar flavour, full sweet malt and dark fruit, a noticeable booze note, quite vinious. Not as full or lasting mouthfeel as hoped, a second half drop off rather than rising flavour. A big whisky-fueled sipper that doesn’t appear to have dropped any potency in two years.
fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
Tasting at Matt’s Oakes (19010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
Dark amber color, small to no head. Aroma of malt, caramel, some fudge, sweet, some alcohol. Sweet mouthfeel, good malt flavor, a bit too much alcohol (is this the whiskey barrel), round feeling from the barrel, possibly some raisins (Pedro Ximenez?), and thinner in the end.
Would be better if ticking a 2% ABV less, but good as is anyway.
Bottle. This is cloudy, medium amber, and without a head. The aroma has an oxidized character, old and dusty, with sweet malts and a dash of alcohol. Tastes mostly like an oxidized, sweet old bw. Was probably better once upon a time, but at tihis point tastes like any dusty random bw from my cellar. beerplace (2146) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
330ml bottle at Matt’s. Pours a hazy amber with a beige head. Aroma is leather, candied fruits, barrel. Taste is bakery spices, leather notes, candied fruits, whiskey, boozy. Very complex and interesting. mcberko (19175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2016
330mL bottle, pours a cloudy opaque dark reddish amber with a small beige head. Nose is very complex, with lovely notes of caramel, whiskey, wood, and a touch of dark fruits. Flavour is intense, with viscous caramel notes, light whiskey, and brown sugar. Not terribly well-integrated, but it’s certainly quite complex. Sweet, boozy and a nice slow sipper. Not as good as the preliminary ratings, but it’s certainly solid. wrlangin (237) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 15, 2016
330 ml from Embassy in Brisbane. Pours Amber red to brown. 2014 vintage. Small tan head. Nice whiskey aroma from barrel ageing. Underlying barley wine seems good, but is a bit overpowered by the whiskey barrels. Given the age, I am a bit surprised of that the flavours have not blended more. Still, a very good beer, just a bit short of top tier status.
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