chrisv10 (18240) - DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Brown/red with tiny off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, caramel and toffee. Flavour is fruit, caramel, sweet, little rip fruit, toffee, hops, oak, dark fruits and a little bitter. TBone (18105) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
Bottled 650ml (vPBF, alc. 12.5%, vintage 2012)yngwie (17185) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 9, 2013
Deep ruby color, small beige head. Strong vanilla aroma with raisiny fruity notes. Full-bodied. Vanilla, alcohol, rye bread, raising. Too much alcohol right now, otherwise quite good.
On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks. A lightly hazy dark brown beer with a dense beige head. The aroma is just beautiful, with dried fruits, mostly raisins and figs, a spiced hint and some alcohol and vanilla. There’s a bit too much alcohol on the palate, it’s very warming, but still wonderful. Full body and pleasant carbonation. Dried dark fruits, some dried apricot and a little bitterness too deal with the sweetness. Plain lovely. 130809 jtclockwork (17101) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle from a generous trader. Shared by me at Dmac’s tasting. Pours dark brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon barrel, wood, dates, fig, toffee, caramel and raisin. Some alcohol in finish. Full mouth feel. FatPhil (16960) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 24, 2014
650ml bottle - thanks tiong, VastActive and the crowd from Hel!
brokensail (16631) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Beautiful rich aroam, heady malts, some coconut. Normally that coconut would be a very bad sign, but this manages to get away with it somehow, and the richness of the roasted malts and woodiness are make up for almost everything. Very sweet sticky palate. Nice malty but a bit yeasty. Coconut less obvous in the taste. Smoothish, and a nice sipper. Did like coming back to this glass in between subsequent beers, as the aroma was a reset that would put a smile on my face. If I was being harsh, I’d flaw it for being a bit too sweet and strong, but I’m overlooking that.
A: The pour is a dark, rich amber color with a small off-white (perhaps beige) head.
S: The nose has an incredibly rich fruitiness to it which I really was not expecting. Plenty of sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose as well.
T: The nose gave this one a lot to live up to, and I’m happy to say the flavors delivered! A lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, obviously, but also some really great barrel character as well. The bourbon, vanilla, oak, and even some hop bitterness really round this beer out.
M: The body is very full with a low level of carbonation that works well here.
D: Normally you don’t associate barleywines with easy drinking, but this one is so smooth and delicious that it’s easy to keep going back for more. I can’t wait until this is bottled. Benzai (16568) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. (Bottle from trade with Boltz7555, Reserve series No. 002) Dark red to red-brown color with a red glare coming through. Aroma of malts, alcohol, fruits, red fruit. Taste malts, alcohol, some sweetness, some overripe fruits, raisins. Full body, full carbonation. Dedollewaitor (16359) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle @ Morten minus Peter smagning, Ulfborg. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is oak, caramel, fruit and chocolate. Flavor is oak, vanilla, caramel, dried fruit and vague alcohol. Complex and quite a sipper. Ferris (16301) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 7, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Draft - 2012 Dark fruit, molasses. Mahogany almost opaque with a thin white head. Dark fruits, oaky vanilla sweetness some alcohol burn but fairly light in body. Quite complex. Bottle 2011 Big caramel notes, dark fruit and booze. Clear dark mahogany with a thin white head. Chocolate and caramel, candy like sweetness with some vanilla. Great brew. bhensonb (15630) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at Samuel Horne. Pours very black with a slight creamy head. Aroma is mostly malty with light darkish fruit hints. Full bodied. It is sweet with lots of dark fruit - more cherry than date. Bourbon and fruit. Could be some floral hop. Oak seems blended in. It finishes sweet but not sticky. Liquid food. Fruit juice du jour. Lovin it.