Beerhammaren (1792) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2014
.25l bottle from Alko Arkadia Pours cloudy dark orange with low head. Aroma is dried fruits, alcohol, malts, syrup notes, caramel, flowers and some hops. Flavor is caramel, malts, syrup, nutty, some alcohol, plums, dried fruits and dark fruits. Silky palate, alcohol is well hidden. Swell! Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 7, 2014
What a treat (thanks me). The first half of the bottle poured rosewood in colour with excellent clarity and an aggressive white head that quickly dissipated. The aromas came out with vibrant fruity esters, aromas of cherries and fresh flowers. Its mouthfeel was silky, somewhat sweet and generous. Fruity flavours abound with poached pears, cherry tart and fat juicy plums. The finish dwelt on those dessert flavours. A good alternative to port, this one. Grzesiek79 (4276) - Radom, POLAND - AUG 4, 2014
Dobre wspaniale prawie, piwo zblizone do Barley Wine. Swietny aromat rodzynki, alkoholowe cieplo i w smaku nieco ryzowe karmelowe i drozdzowo chmielowe. Finisz przecgodzi ze slodyczy w konkretna taninowa wytrawnosc pozostawiajac rozgrzanie w gardle, alkohol mocno wyczuwalny ale to szlachetne tony smakowe i estry. Rum mi przypominal. Piwo ciemno miedziane bez piany. Wielki plus za opakowane. Mala butelka 25cl owinieta w czerwona bibulke i wlozona do Puszeczki. Bottled on 12. 2011. Polecam do przechowania i degustacji na specjalne dni. KansaiBeerLvrs (5098) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle, served in a snifter. 13.5% Batch 741 Brewed 12/20/2011 Best Before 12/20/2016 made with a sake yeast from Nagano. Not the best looking beer, it is a drab muddy brown but in the right light looks a bit better, no head just a few isolated bubbles during the pour. Big aroma, plum, candied fruit, caramel, gingerbread, a bit woodsy, maybe some light tobacco leaf , a brandied toffee? Very complex, reminiscent of a barrel-aged barley wine. Wow, again while you have some booze in the nose and a touch of heat going down your throat it is quite subdued. This has a great flavor: sugary caramel, sweet caramel,nutty, light plums but much more of a tobacco leaf vibe than the 3rd Edition I think... more fresh tobacco leaves than dried. As it warms up that tobacco smokes start to show up - this just keeps getting more and more complex. Less fruitiness, more sugar and malts. Great chewy bready body. This is like a warm friendly hug of a beer, I wish I was having it snug by a fire rather than on a swelteringly hot summer day in Kyoto but damn this shit is good. VastActiv (6942) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle 0.25l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Batch nr: 741. Brewed 12/20/2011. Best before: 12/20/2016. Colour is brown with very small bubbly white head. Aromas and flavors: Yeast, dark fruits, raisins, nice balance of sweetness and dryness, hints of alcohol and malts.
DuffMan (10276) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
Small bottle, flashy packaging. Muddy red brown, no head. This edition is not much different from the 3rd edition, to my recollection. Vinous character, slightly sour, is married to heavy chewy malts. Again, I don’t know sakè enough to comment on its influence here, but this is a unique beer. I’m not digging it as much as the 3rd edition (especially for the price), but I’m not sure if it is because this is inferior or because the style doesn’t lend itself to repeated indulgences. Or maybe it’s just my mood. berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle (25cl) from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. Shortlived cm-thick off-white head, leaves a stable ring, no lacing. Murky rust brown colour. Boozy aroma, barrel-aged character, with oxidized caramel, concentrated fruit (fig, apple, banana), semi-sweet sherry, spices, almonds. Full, viscous body, flat carbonation. Sweet taste, mild bitterness, mild grapefruity acidity, short alcohol burn. Finish is drier, spicy and slightly papery. robinvboyer (4611) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle at the mondiale 2014. Dark murky brown pour, with a light brown head. Aroma of booze, its the first thing that hit me. Lots more going on though, thick chewy malts, charred caramel malts, brown sugar, hard liquor aromas like sherry, and rhum. Lots of fruity esters, some stone fruits and the faintest of citrus aromas. The mouth feel is very thick and viscous, and the carb is super soft. The finish is super sweet, boozy and it manages to get even sweeter. This is the definition of extreme beer. This is over the top, and frankly too much and not worth the price. Interesting, but nothing more. czar (9004) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
bottle at mondial 2014, mtl. pours unclear dark golden with a very small off-white cap, no retention or lacing. booze and fruity doughy caramel, spicy butterscotch, cloying sugars - demerara, raisiny, grass, coffee grinds, also a touch of roasted acidity (!). low carbonation - micro-bubbles , full body - oily, syrupy and sticky, boozy and spicy slightly harsh finish. swilly. lesifflebiere (1874) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Liquide épais, rouge-brun, pratiquement sans effervescence, au nez en fruits rouge, prunes, et peut-être un début de madérisation. En bouche, c’est du porto qui vient en tête, avec un peu de boisé et d’alcool réchauffant. Houblons en finale. Une boisson intéressante, mais qui semble avoir un peu mal vieilli. Correct, quand dégusté tranquillement.