GothGargoyle (2508) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap the Kaapse Borefts After Festival 2016. 2012 vintage. Dark brown with a small pale head. Aroma is mild funk, light smoke, fig, prune, honey. Medium bodied, lightly sticky mouthfeel, smoky on the palate with a dry finish. Taste is smoke, leather, barnyard, dark fruits, wood.
vinivini (1584) - BELARUS - SEP 28, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown, good beige head. Nectar, honey, melon, smoke on nose. Full sticky palate. The flavour combines qualities of barley wine with a notable but not extreme amount of smoke. Very nice.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
sjogro (3188) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from tap at Kaapse BAF 2016. Cloudy dark brown with minimal light tan head. Big sweet roasted and smoked malts, caramel, honey, resin, toffee. Over medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, soft carbonation. Syruppy feel. Maple and cola nut bitter finish.
androman (1973) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Kaapse Brouwers, (Borefts After Festival 2016), Rotterdam.
Nose is herbs, liquor.
Body is opalescent brown, head is very small, beige, creamy, mostly diminishing, good lacing.
Aroma is milk chocolate, dried fruits, honey, truffle.
Medium sweet, medium bitter, hint of fruity sour.
Finish is long lasting chocolate roasty medium bittersweet.
Full body, slick texture, nearly flat carbonation.
Quite easy dessert beer, interesting, tasty, nice one.
creppyiceman (612) - POLAND - AUG 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:intensive smokedy(ham-like) aroma,some caramel and toffee.
Appearance:dark brownish color,small beige head.
Taste:sweet,flavour of caramel,fudge,smoked ham, dried dark fruits(mainly figs),malty fin ish,long malty smokey aftertaste.
Palate:full body,ultra thick texture,medium carbonation.
Overall:Lovely thick barley wine.
Swaroga (2151) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
25cl bottle. Hazy brown with medium head that lasts a good while. Aroma of the beer is nail polish, dark, ripe fruits, peat, canned pears, some chocolate, Overall sweet and complex aroma. Mouth feel is thick and oily. Very little carbonation. Flavor is sweet with notes of ripe fruits and vanilla ice-cream with some cookies. But also there is distinctive sourness also with fruity notes. Strange that I don’t see it in other RB commentaries. Maybe the new batch went a bit sour ? Anyway the peat comes out in the finish with a clove like dryness and delicate bitterness with notes reminding me seeds from fruits. The beer is nice but won’t be looking for it again.
heman (779) - Tychy, POLAND - AUG 6, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(batch 987: 20.06.2013) Barwa ciemno-brunatna, piana intensywna, ładnie zdobi szkło.
Aromat to zrównoważony miks torfowej wędzonki, suszonych wiśni i czerwonych owoców, melasa.
W smaku bardzo pełne, słodkie i bardzo gładkie, oleiste. Torfowa wędzonka, owoce kandyzowane, figi, daktyle, melasa, przypalony karmel i nuty miodowe. Goryczka średnia, ziołowa, alkohol ułożony, szlachetny rozgrzewający przełyk.
andrepintado (2988) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 26, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle. Dark red copper brown color. Thin brown head. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium thick body. Aroma is smoke, spices, malt, caramel, chocolate, roasted. Lovely balance.
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a ruby reddish black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is smoke, peat, earth and whisky. Flavor is sugar, smoke, peat, salt, meat. Finish is loads of sugar, oldish. Lingering sugar and smoke. Medium to full body, weak to average carbonation.
UXO (1653) - CANADA - JUL 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: clear amber-brown with a short creamy light tan head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: smoke, dark dried fruit, toffee, light peat. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Medium-full slightly slick body, moderate carbonation, off dry slightly astringent smoky and warming finish. (4/5)
Interesting depth and complexity to this one, with restrained smokiness on top of a sweet fruity barleywine base, with a light rye tartness coming out in late in the finish. The ABV is almost non-existent in the flavours, but manifests as a definite warming relative early in the glass. Not subtle, as such, but definitely restrained and polite. A lingering sipper for sure. (16/20)