ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2015
Bottle at tderoeck's place. Bourbon, but more of the cheap kind, vanilla, alcoholic. Nice but nothing special. McNeillR (2329) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Full on dirty brown murk, odd bubbly head and weird spirity lacing. Nose is full on; burn coconut, varnish, wood, cherry and an affront to any malt with an effortless sweetness. Initial taste isn’t far off, balances things out with plucks of malt, caramel, wafts of vanilla and a dusting of spiciness. Drips of lemon, cola and then the booziness rears itself. Carbonation isn’t too soft, engaging mouthfeel and spicy enough for the linger. Finishes creamy, soft berry and molten malt. Linger is a covered thick with this sweetness and peppery, dry boozy linger. BenH (3436) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle, Garvie?, Decantillon Tasting
Bottle. Darkest red with off white head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, raisins, prunes. Taste of dried fruits, oak, vanilla, raisins. Nice sweet and bitter Stuu666 (14563) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is toffee, vanilla, huge coconut, taste is similar, caramel, little hot. cgarvieuk (25705) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
bottle at home ... amber ... thin tan lacing ... soft fruit ... sweet toffee fruit light alcohol nose .. soft sweet toffee coconut fruits ... juicy fruit s... juicy fruits .. big sweet toffee ... dark raisins.. soft sweet fruits...
allmyvinyl (10931) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hay red amber with a thin white head. Aromas of soil, red fruit. Taste is red fruit, malt, boozy finish. Inbreak (6408) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 9, 2015
Old rating rerated 09.07.2015, old & new batch @ home:Swaroga (2223) - Warszawa, POLAND - JUN 21, 2015
Old - 0,18l bottle (219/1722):
Tiny bubbly shortlasting head. Aroma is mild and balanced, dark sugar, burnt caramel, oak, grass, dark malts, raisins, nuts, minerals, coffee, toffee, hints og old hops and citrus peel. Taste is slightly sweet and well balanced, dark sugar, grass, raisins, oak, toffee, minerals, burnt caramel, nuts, dark malts, old hops, citrus peel, hints of butterscotch. Medium bitterness, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice, but it may have been just a little bit better @ Kulminator before Toer de Geuze 2 years ago...
New - 0,33l bottle:
Small slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and dry, oak, bourbon, burnt caramel, dark malts, grass, minerals, coffee, dried dark fruits, hops, dark sugar, hints of citrus peel. Taste is slightly rich, oak, dried dark fruits, bourbon, grass, burnt caramel, dark malts, hops, minerals, toffee, citrus peel, dark sugar, coffee. Medium to longlasting bitterness, slightly dry and syrupy mouthfeel. Nice, but it feels a little too fresh and unbalanced. The old batch is (and was even several years ago) a lot better. So I guess I’ll age the rest of the bottles for at least a few years ’till next time...
A strange Barley Wine indeed. Cloying sweet but rich. Had aromas of toffee, nuts and chocolate. It had also aromas of soya sauce, bbq sauce and cabbage. Taste was more appealing although difficult to drink and I had it on a very hot day.... GlasgowTAD (1874) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours a brown-black with no head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon and slight vanilla. Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla. Full bodied and rich. ABT_S54 (352) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 33cl bottle served in a snifter. Pours deep brown garnet with a dark tan head which almost immediately disappears. Aroma is astonishingly decadent with booze, vanilla, oak, buttercream, toffee, Christmas cake and of course bourbon. Taste is exactly as expected however, the extreme sweetness overpowers any bitterness that may try and get a look in. Yes it is boozy but you would not guess the ABV. I have never tried a beer this good which still has so much aging possibilities. I can only imagine what this would taste like in a few years time (BB Date 2039).