ogivlado (7775) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottled 650ml. -from Svijet Piva Zagreb. Darker amber coloured, small beige head, dried fruits in the nose. Sweet malty, caramel, dried fruits and alcohol with some odd sticky resiny notes. Mild hoppy notes in rather bitter finish. Quite dry also. tderoeck (9479) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2014
24/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle from De Hopduvel (Gent) @ home - BB: n/a, 2012 version apparently (2014-948) Idiosynkrasie (7435) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 15, 2014
Clear red brown beer, big creamy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, raisins, strawberry jam. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: some bitter hops, little sour, sugary, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: sour hint, very fruity, alcohol, dried fruits, raisins, soft bitter touch.
650ml bottle. Slightly cloudy, reddish, copper colour with average, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Caramel malty aroma with notes of toffee, piney hoppy overtone. Taste is bitter hoppy, caramel malty undertones with a touch of toffee, some warming alcohol. Straight malt and hop power without subtleties. AirForceHops (7140) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2014
22 oz. bottle. vintage 2012 purchased at the Brewery and carried home. Color shows a ruby/ copper color without head. Aroma is real nice. Dark fruits, raisins, dates upfront with a hop pine and herbal ness. ej (1322) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - SEP 13, 2014
I never sampled this fresh but the flavor here is really well refined. Like the aroma the dark fruit and toffee caramel is upfront and foremost but it still has a real nice pine bitterness to help balance the sweetness. Extremely well balanced and the alcohol warmth is only found in the way of warming. Damn, another smash hit from Drakes!
Pours a dark caramel-sauce color producing a creamy looking slightly tanned head. Aroma of grains, caramel and piney and resinous hops. Taste is malty with loads of caramel flavor, light toast, faint chocolate notes, dried fruit and a well rounded resinous bitterness. Pretty nice. Some warming alcohol into the aftertaste. Full bodied and just above softly carbonated.
77ships (9638) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
655 ml. bottle sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. Thanks! Hope that this is the version that I had, I remember someone reading the label & saying distinctly that this was a Barley Wine. GUSHER! Darker amber brown, little head. Sweet herbal, candy, caramel nose. Taste is bitter herbal, sweetish malt, candy, caramel, brown sugar, biscuit, herbal hop finish,… Med. thicker malty body. Nice but nothing stellar. gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2014
Small head mild carbonation misty brown pour aromas caramel pine needles citrus honey apricot stone fruit the flavours biscuit even rye but mainly biscuit a bitter taste grapefruit lemon a sweet Barley Wine some pepper pine the finish best tastes pine lasting bitter above average ale but dull have tasted a lot better caesar (7099) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle from Burg Bieren, large sample, served in a tulip glass. Clear amber color, short frothy head. Aroma of biscuit, cookie, whole grain cookie, some grapefruit, pine, slight milk chocolate and mocha, hint of toffee. Bit sweet in taste from whole grain coffee cookie, bit bitter as well. Nice combination of biscuity and grainy malts and grapefruit and piney hops. Soft carbonation, medium bodied. Nice american strong ale / barley wine. ansjelaah (1748) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle @midlaren with dutchdrebus. Dark amber color with a beige head. Smells hoppy, sweet, fruity, malts, chocolat, caramel. Tastes hoppy, fruity, wood, sweet, bitter. _angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2014
Bomber bought @ bierkompass.de. Pours clear deep amber with a rather big frothy goldenish offwhite head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet and slightly malty with heavy caramel, resinous wood, toffee, alcohol, grapefruit rinds, sweet dark bread, pine needles and orange zest. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and earthy with heavy caramel, toffee, resinous wood, grapefruit rinds, moist tobacco, pine needles, alcohol, minerals and orange zest. Mouthfeel is round, sticky, viscous and medium to full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, bitter and earthy with caramel, toffee, resinous wood, alcohol, grapefruit rinds, pine needles and orange zest. Exactly what I expected it to and hoped it to be: A caramel and resin punch in the face!