zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz - 2008 vintage) Dark copper color with a creamy tan head. Aroma is big and sweet. Tons of sweet malts with a nice hop undertone. Flavor is sweet and malty at the start with a strong alcohol bite. Middle is very malty with some hints of caramel. Finishes with a strong and burning alcohol presence and some bitter hops. Extremely potent. This one could take some good aging. DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle from Mega Liquor Warehouse... Pours dark mahogany with a thin head..Smell is dark fruits and alcohol...Flavor is caramel and rassberries with a lingering bitterness.. Tons of carbonation.. Good candidate to put in the closet (or a barrel) and forget about. LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
It pours a beautiful deep red color. The faint aroma is of cherries, toffee and malt.Taste is spicy, bitter and sweet, and contains toffee, malt, cake dough and caramel. Alcohol shines through a bit in the finish. This is the way I want my barley wine! Not overly bitter and without the malty notes coming through, as in this years bigfoot. Since it’s already enjoyable fresh, I’d wager it’d be fantastic after a year or so in the cellar. ghawener (1615) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle: Drank with ramenen. Thick and heavy, potent full bodied brew. Food Pairing: Game. hirigalzkar (3292) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
2007 Bottle. Dark orange colour. Alcohol and syrup in aroma. Taste of vegtables, creme brûlée, orange, and roasted malt.
DeadGirl (478) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 On tap at Prime 16: Pours rusty chestnut brown/orange/amber w/pillowy head (fair retention). The strong alcohol feel in the aroma is a little off putting, but let it sit or get used to it and you can smell a bouquet of berries and ripened fruit (notably apple), as well as plum, pipe tobacco and must. Flavors of aged leather, sappy malt, figs, pine, brandy, and a hint of coffee. Drinkability: Full bodied, bittersweet, alcoholic burn. Rebuy: Yes. #204 on 21112009, DG. dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
’08 vintage, sampled in a snifter. Was hoping for more based on the reviews as well as my affinity for Old Rasputin. Very aromatic with a nice balance between hops notes (grapefruit/citrus) and malts as well as an aroma I wasn’t able to put my finger on. Flavor was well balanced and leaned a little more hoppy than malty. There was a peculiar dryness to it and what another reviewer referred to as woody...I think I could agree to use that term as I’ve not thought of one more suitable. Certainly not a bad brew, but not my favorite example of the style either. Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 5, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2010 2010 Vintage. Pours a clear, deep, brownish ruby with a thin beige head. Aroma: honey, sweet fruits, malt and bourbon. Taste: honey, fruit, malts, hops, bourbon, notes of spice. Long, warm alcohol finish. Soft carbonation. Overall a very good beer: smooth taste, nice body with depth. I plan on letting my other bottles age in the cellar a few years. berlinoise2go (689) - NORWAY - AUG 20, 2010
Bottle at Øl & Mat 2010, Oslo. Aroma is heavy on the malt, but nicely balanced by a fruity (fig-like) acidity. Medium to full bodied, average carbonation. Low bitterness. Incredibly drinkakble considering the ABV, due to a top notch balance between maltiness and acidity. SirLimpsalot (4696) - SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2017 Updated rating: @ Gyllenbock 17-10-28: Horisontalprovning årgångarna 09, 12, 13, 15, 16 - Tyckte 12 och 13 var bäst med fin balans mellan malt och torkat frukt. Fin värmande känsla från alkoholen. Trevlig
Old rating: Fin röd färg, men doften är nästan helt borta.
Smaken är lite källaraktig med svaga toner av malt. Aningen oljig och jag får en liten trappist-känsla
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