JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
Thanks to Jens for sharing at the RBSG 2009.
Very sweet tasting with a scant amount of carbonation, I enjoyed drinking this beer. As others noted, it’s a sipper, thick, complex and not for the feint of heart. Oakes (17680) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2009
Thanks Patrik! Hazy dark amber. Crazy aroma - lots of wood, complex cognac that is deeply vinous, sultanas...gorgeous. Very sweet, syrupy, but very soft. Sultana palate with almost rummy cognac notes. It’s a little bit stiff in the finish, but remains soft, balanced and complex. Rich brown sugars - might be the most complex of the superheavyweight sipping beers. Indeed, this category has come a long way since SA Triple Bock - we are seeing real creativity and quality these days. Fantastic stuff. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to oh6gdx (Patrik) for sharing! Flat, deep amber. Heavy, hot aroma is grape brandy to the max and hurts the brain to inhale. I take that as a warning that the beer is strong. Flat, thick, oily, viscous and nice palate. The fruit is intense and hot with a panoply of sweet strawberry and vanilla. Lots of different fruits then boom,big vanilla. Finishes clean. Tiramisu beer. fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2015 SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
2015-10-07, bottle #894, brewed 2009-02-25, bottled 2009-04-10, 6 years old
Brown color, going quite flat now. It’s picking some old wood furniture aroma, some tobacco flavor, but the fudgy malt is still stronger; fading bitterness. The alcohol is not noticeable at all.
2009-05-16, draught at Københavnske Øldage 2009, 7-4-9-4-16=40
Cloudy amber color, no head. Syrupy aroma, light cognac, malt. Strong body, strong candy-like sweetness, very malty, with the nice cognac touch (not quite like vanilla). Round; complete. I love these sweet Barley Wines; great!
Handbottle, 10 days later, 7-4-10-4-18=43
Hazy dark amber color, almost flat. The aroma is not so strong, it has caramel and fudge. Good body strength, bold but not too thick, a bit syrupy, clearly sweet; there is flavor of plums, raisins, toffee and fudge; giant! Lovely! Correct bitterness (meaning: strong), warming but well hiding the alcohol and well balanced, with an intense fudge final.
Surely a different one, great malts.
Bottle at the RBSG tasting, thanks to Ungstrup I think. Copper with a smallish head. Sweet oak and brandy aroma with caramel and dried fruit. The flavor is sweet and oaky with the cognac showing as well. Very syrupy and full bodied. Nice aroma, but the flavor became a little too over the top sweet for me, and the body was just a tad too sticky. I had no idea this was this strong though and have to cut it some slack is the sweet/sticky department.
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2009
Bottle from De Bierkoning. Pours almost without any head and a deep red copper colour. Wonderful vanilla oak and raisins aroma. Sweet flavours, some raisins, marcipane, nuts, slightly drier towards the finish. Like a great vintage port. Sirupy and full-bodied. Just loving it. oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2009
Bottled (from Ölkonsortiet, Aalborg). Amber colour, not much head. ARoma is wood, alcohol and malts. Some spices become present as well. Flavour is wood, alcohol, spices, malts and also some underlying smoked notes. Nice stuff. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2009
A Mes rate: bottle at Pre ZBF.yngwie (17053) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2009
Semi hazy amber with a head that vanished in seconds. The cognac is totally clear but far from being over powering but there are also notes of calvados and sherry. It’s another of those De Molen desert barley wines. Not quite so incredible as the Bombs and Grenades but still mighty tasty. Lots of sugar and toffee and maybe just verging on cloying. Plenty of alcohol showing but not in a bad way, more in a waheeeeyyyyy this is going to get me spangled way. Massive fruity finish that lasts for a week. Possibly just a little too sweet and lacking a bit of bitterness for balance. Still, mad, bad and great fun. Kinda like Jens really.
On tap at Copenhagen Beerfestival. It pours a flat, copper-colored almost clear body without any head. Sweetish, syrupy nose with a nice slightly resiny hop touch and alcohol. Sweetish, syrupy flavor too, some alcohol warmth, peaches, some pinecones and a little bitterness. Full-bodied, warming, almost sticky mouthfeel. Burning finish with sugar and some bitterness. A nice one, but a bit too heavy on the alcohol and sweetness. (090516) NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2009
Orange, amber colored brew. Aroma is malty, ripe fruits, cognac. The flavor is very sweet and thick. Apricot, ripe fruits, cognac, alcohol. Almost an after diner liqueur. I think this is not at it’s full potential now. Re-rate later.