DeliriumT (543) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 17, 2017
A great attempt at the style. Unfortunately Holgate need to learn some balance and restraint. Pours dark brown with tan head. The aroma is like sniffing a bottle of candi syrup. Strong caramel and treacle notes with dark fruit and rum. The flavour is sickly sweet. Too sweet for my palate. Still enjoyable but, as the monks would say, not very digestible. Couldn't have more than one, and even then, I recommend sharing the bottle
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750mL bottle from Slowbeer. 2016 vintage - labelled as a Barrel Aged Belgian-style Quadrupel
Deep bronze body, murky, holds a small dense orangey tan head.
Rich aroma - bags of amber sort of candy sugar - earthy, date-like, sultana notes - stewed fruits - apples, pears - dried fruits of prune & fig; dark caramel/butterscotch, touch of peppery & clovey spice.
Carbonation quite subdued for style (for Belgian), thick, chewy, creamy, sticky, very long on the palate.
Really opens out on the body - lots of dark sugars, rich caramels, dates, prunes, savoury clove & black pepper, plums, touch of cocoa maybe, some vinous red fruits in there, old oak lingering drying things out on finish. Plenty of warmth,
BOOM this is big! Night_Cap (119) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 29, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2016 Bottle 500ml (2013 – 11%) - cellared for 3 years. Served at room temperature. Pours a clear mahogany. Head is medium sized, lightly tanned, dense and lasts well. Aroma is rich and malty with notes of burnt toffee, golden syrup, chocolate, dates, muscatels, dried apricots, vanilla pods, a touch of spice and oak. Flavour is very complex with strong vinous port notes, a very light bitterness, burnt toffee, dried cranberries, figs, sultana’s, dark chocolate and a spicy, woody/sappy finish. Full bodied with soft carbonation, a syrupy texture and a long complex, warming finish. A truly amazing Barley Wine in every sense!!! Jado (803) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2015
From 500 ml bottle. Pours a deep red brown with a sloppy cream head that falls into a thin cap. Aromas of raisins, sultanas, honey, ginger snap biscuits, plums, cherries and vanilla. Taste is rich biscuit malt overlaid with stewed dark fruits, cherry, almond, vanilla and a warm alcohol note. Lingering sweet finish with a fruity aftertaste. Complex and intense. Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2014
This was the 3rd last bottle available at the brewery. Big sweet candy sugar and roast malt aromas, raisins and other glazed fruit. Cloudy darkish brown colour with good rocky head. Big rich roasted malt flavours, some big glazed fruits and an almost nutty middle and a nice warm finish. Heavy warm body with med carbonation
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davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Bottle from the brewery, 2013 release. Great. Aromas of caramel, grain, biscuit. Taste is sweet, a bit sour, long length. StevieT (2015) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
Sweet aroma, very strong flavours of fruit, not a drink to be taken lightly. Definitely worth a try. pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
First time tried and it was on tap! Not a bad BW, but far from being exceptional. Nice malty flavours, hint of barrel, but overwhelmed by the ETOH burn. madmitch76 (25101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
22nd July 2012reebtogi (6330) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2012
Hazy amber beer with a big pale tan head. Palate is airy and soft and light. Mild fine carbonation. Nice nose of dessert wine - mango and peach. Mild creamy malt with a toffee streak. Mild minerals and aniseed alcohol. Lovely wine tones, honey - orange and red berry fruits. Sweet candy - dried fruits - dessert wine. Finishes smooth and dry with a pinch of spice.
750ml capped bottle 2011 Vintage listed as a Belgian style Quadruple pours amber in color with a 3 finger white head that retains well and eventually settles to reveal some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is raisiny with hints of alcohol, oak and yeast. Taste is a dark fruit (red wine grapes) and light chocolatey malt sweetness with a generous alcohol burn and a spicy hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with nice carbonation leaving a nice sensation on the tongue. A pretty decent brew for the style and recommended to try once, even though it is quite pricey.