thejackpacker (529) - East Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask at pub opposite brewery in Lewes. I knew they had some problems with the batch this year with the Christmas ale (which apparently justified mental price put on a half pint!!!). The taste was quite odd from cask and was surprised how much it tastes like an off port...not pleasant given this is one of my favourite Christmas beers in bottle form. john44 (3202) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2017
Cask Half Pint at White Horse, Parsons Green, London in Dec 2009 - Reddish Brown in colour. Syrupy sweet. Very Fruity; dark fruits, raisins, oranges, berries. Spicy. Malty; caramel, toffee, candy sugar, toasty malts. Earthy hops. Vinous; sherry-like. Very sweet fruity malty throughout. Dry fruity malty finish. Good, but wouldn’t be able to drink more than a half due to overwhelming sweetness. (2009-12)
Borup (14960) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2016
From cask at Charlies Bar. Dark amber colour without a head. Aroma and flavour of malt, dried fruit, caramel, spice and a mild bitterness. Ktwse (5242) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2016
Pours clear deep copper with low off-white head. Aroma of caramel, light citrus, rye bread. Taste is alcohol bitter, slightly medicinal, with really no balance towards the finish. This is all out bitter. Body is medium full and creamy with soft carbonation. EdKing (2626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2016 Cask in the Royal Oak, Borough. Clear chestnut brown, with reddish tinges and an off white head. Nose has that fruity rhubarb tang which I only ever get from Harvey’s beers in the Royal Oak. Then stewed plums, menthol, caramel, barley sugar, cranberry red berry. Taste is dry hoppy, fruity, cranberry, stewed plums, spices, barley sugar, menthol from the hop. Trying to pick out the spice. Nutmeg, maybe orange and clove. Hop is giving some menthol. I’ve got a residual cold so my palates not quite on form, which is a shame because this is in top condition. Rerate - had the 2016 version absolutely bang on form. Goes up from a 4 to a 4.2.
Erzengel (9079) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 18, 2015
On Cask at the Royal Oak. Thick and spicy beginning. Lots of sweet malt, spices, round and intense. Not too sticky but fresh and round. The aftertaste is long, full-bodied spies, dried plums, apples, Clive. Great aroma and a great complexity! Fascinating! ThirstyBird (2967) - Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
On cask at the Royal Oak, pours a red amber with a tiny tan head. The smell is toasted malt and spice. The taste is spice, toasted malt, quite sweet and ending spicy and a bit dry. Medium in body with mild carbonation. MrTipple (5492) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
Aroma: intense caramel malt, molasses, bread, a touch of wood, slightly more than the bottle version. Appearance: clear, dark brown, very small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: caramel malts, toffee, molasses, flat carbonation, great malts, a touch of dark fruits. Overall: OK Barley Wine, niche sweetness, lacks complexity. Pint at The Royal Oak, Borough. teorn88 (7682) - Rimini, ITALY - DEC 22, 2014
Cask at WHOAF 2014, London. It pours a hazy copper color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is sweet with yeast, toffee and ripe fruits. Taste is sweet with notes of sweet cake yeast, candy sugar, molasses. Tasty overall Desverger (12245) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2014
Bar, CPH - reddish brown pour with off white head. Very sweet malty aroma and taste, some caramel, fudge toffee, dried fruit, some herbal notes but overall on this outing but to overt sweet for my palate.
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