Maris (1612) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 15/2/2012. Pours a relatively clear amber with a small head. Has a strong sweet caramel and toffee malt aroma. The flavour follows suit with masses of caramel and toffee, along with brown sugar and poached fruits. This is a real sweet malt bomb, which is tempered by a good dose of hop bitterness at the end. Certainly has some barley wine like character to it. A very enjoyable brew. Grima (2511) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2012
Sorry for the german rating, but this is a lousy rating from my "newbie" time (2007-2009), and it’s not worth of being translated. I just added it for the statistics, and to complete my backlog!
slakemythirst (200) - - FEB 12, 2012
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein kräftig rotblondes Bier mit guter, hoher, langlebiger Krone. Der Geruch ist dominant süßhopfig, leicht alkoholisch. Der Antrunk ist stramm hopfig, sehr sehr würzig, karamellig und leider recht alkoholisch. Der Abgang zeigt sich bittermalzig, würzig, recht herb und wieder zieht der Alkohol seine Spur durch den gesamten Verlauf. An sich ein gutes Bier, aber weniger wäre hier mehr gewesen.
Sötmandel, kryddor och dadlar. Smakrik, maltig men humlefattig. Så vad vi har här är en välgjord men karaktärslös brygd kevinsenn (2310) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
500mL bottle from the LCBO. Beautiful clear deep orange colour with pretty much no head. Aroma is a mix of fruits, grape juice, and brandy. Sweet caramel and nuts up front, leading to a nice hop bite at the end, with a touch of warming alcohol. Almost like a barley wine; very nice! japi (160) - Neubrandenburg, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2012
A deep amber coloured beer with a thin, beige head. There are caramel, alcohol and honey in the aroma. The taste is sweet and malty with notes of orange and bread. The texture is oily, the finish is long and bitter-sweet. It’s a good one! It will be one of my favourite beers!
lukin (672) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
bottle. Golden with red tinge. Malty, breads and cereals. Light hops, well balanced. Great smooth mouthfeel. Very nice. Grzesiek79 (4485) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
cereal, bread, grass, leather, licorice, rotten eggs, cough drop, banana, vanilla, smoke, red, cloudy, white foam, rocky head, medium sweetness, heavy cloying sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, astringent, long finish, robinvboyer (4812) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2012
I remember hearing this was the base for the vintage ales, and i can really taste it. Very bready, boozy malts. Light hopping, some pine, and resins. Quite a bit of cereals but still the bready, brandy malts are up front. Just loaded with flavor, this is a real treat. ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle best before 08 Oct 12. Nose is sweet and dusty, strong fruitiness and pleasant lemon-meringue-and-grain yeast. Mellow chesnut body with a noisy beige head that doesn’t last long. Taste is firmly interested in deep malt but brings prickling hops to balance, sweet to start but dries, leaves a very fruity aftertaste in echo of the main course. Medium bitterness. Heavy, rough contribution from the booze, but there are earth and toffee tones to compensate for the otherwise thin, filtered feel. Full-bodied but not fat, has commonalities with reductions and leggy spirits. Flawed and too brash for the big score, but remains a good one. markas101 (2530) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2012
50 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Waitrose. Clear medium amber, tan head. Very sweet aroma, banana, caramel, honey a faint floral/nutty background. Quite sweet, some brightness from the hops, then more sweet caramel and a very faint alcohol tinge on the finish.