OminouSC2 (650) - Mora, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2017
Red color, minimal white head. Aromas of syrup, honey, caramel, candy sugar and raisins. Ridiculously sweet taste with syrup, sugar and honey. Unbalanced sweet mess. Poured out the remainder. 7-4-3-2-9. mkel07 (5848) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2017
080417. Any way that you look at it this is a big beer and one that I struggled to get through, which is unusual. I think I struggled not only because of the high alcohol content but also because the beer is so robust and full bodied that you almost have to chew your way through it rather than drink it. I am glad that I had the smallest serving available. I found this on tap at Archive Beer Boutique. Definitely not a beer for the novice beer drinker. Svesse (8581) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2016
(Bottle) Amber ruby colour with brief, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity, vinous nose with caramel, dried fruit, red wine, cherries in brandy and black-currant. Malty, fruity, vinous taste with caramel, red wine, black-currant, some port, raisins, orange peel, red fruit, treacle toffee and a balanced spicy bitterness in a fiery, warming finish. Full body, fairly sweet. Quite powerful, hardly balanced, but really tasty and warming. Very nice. Bierridder_S (879) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2016
27/11/2016 @home - 33cl bottle from Hopduvel (from 01/2013).
Orange amber with a medium head! Light carbonation. Nose was first old beer, alcohol, caramel, fruits. Taste is ridiculously good and thick oily MF. Malts, caramel, fruits, wine, sour touch, sweet, lots of fruits, maple syrup. Great! AndySnow (7579) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2016
Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2016
Where: Had at home.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with no head.
Aroma: Caramel, vinous, fruit, malt, alcohol, wine.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Dried fruit, caramel, wine, alcohol, berries.
Dark amber with no head. Aroma of dark fruits and caramel. Very sweet and sticky, full bodied, and almost flat. Can’t taste the alcohol but the finish is very warming. Very drinkable for 15%. Stultus (151) - ESTONIA - AUG 6, 2016
Pours dark amber with almost no head. Aroma is sweet malty caramel fruity, wine and oak. Taste is sweet malty, alcohol (although very well hidden), fruity, oak vanilla, wine. Sweet oaky finish. Well balanced. Deonis (34) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 3, 2016
without foam, pomegranate and a little smell of malt, soft fruit and wine taste bitter
in the aftertaste expressed dried fruits
recommend Alengrin (5270) - BELGIUM - JUL 29, 2016
The wine barrel aged version of this renowned Dutch barley wine, tasted at the Struise shop in Bruges. Moussy, pale greyish beige, thin and eventually dissolving head over a deep burgundy-hued brownish bronze beer with thin strings of tiny bubbles here and there. Rich and powerful aroma of old madera, toffee, raisins soaked in brown rum, almond, beef stock cubes, wet oak, wet leather, cognac, dried fig, vanilla, bayleaf, hazelnut oil, sherry, candied date. ’Noble’ sweet onset of a lot of dried fruits, raisins, candied dates, soft carbo, deeply situated but noticeable red wine tartness palpable from the start but very restrainedly so, oily and ’moelleux’, very thick, vinous mouthfeel, bit sticky due to the large amount of residual sugars, quite strong beefy umami flavors countering the sweetness, thick caramelly and even lightly chocolatey malt sweet core, strong but non-astringent brandy- and port-like alcohol warmth in the end, some drying wood tannins but softly so and a thin aftermath of red wine flavor, but not nearly as tart and sharp as I have experienced in many other wine barrel aged beers. In all, the same heavy, thick, luscious barley wine as the regular, but with a thin layer of Bordeaux wine added to it. Enjoyable as a slow sipper on a winter night, I’d say. beer-yum (1656) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2016
Powerful rich fruit aroma in a rusty brown pour. Massive sweet malt taste with fruity liquor balance with a hint of grape and wood for additional complexity. Not generally a style I like - but this would have to be an excellent example of it I suspect.