Travlr (26105) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2015 Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, - MAR 31, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beautiful copper colour in the glass. The head is lasting but is the fleeting type that you see in a beer of this strength. The nose is caramel sweet and quite subtle but the real letdown was the taste of things to come. Is this too young? I am trying bottle 555 of batch 1 and am wondering if it needs a lot more ageing. There is a distinct tang that presumably doesn’t come from the malt I would hope but perhaps the manuka honey. Does it need a few years in the cellar for this to smooth into what was hoped to be a knock-out beer? Other raters have commented but is it because of the deliberate intention of the brewer or an error in brewing. My vote is for the latter. Bugger.
From notes. Bottle. Hazy orange color,medium white head. Fruity and vinous aroma. Taste is sweet caramel and summer fruit. Tasty. Pdubyah (793) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 24, 2014
I found another beer that seems to tick all the right boxes. This is rich and sweet with amn initial aroma that I thought included dark chocolate but that didn’t translate to the glass. Nicely bitter but the alcohol begins to show through making it a little rough on the finish, But what a really nice beer with lots of redeeming things, I can imagine it getting better with more age and some of the raisins and fruits getting deeper. Thoroughly enjoyed this. gam (4078) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2013
Small head medium carbonation tawny misty rich pour aromas caramel toffee chocolate earthiness dark fruit the flavours brown sugar toffee caramel nut dried fruits citrus chocolate raisin cherries port wine tastes are superb a resin note honey the finish hops a plenty earthiness rich malts and alcohol goodness wonderful ale lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 27, 2013
fast forward three years and pink elephant seem to be ramping up everything again. no idea if this is similar to the old recipe, but whatever it is, it’s delicious. enormous alcoholic caramel liqueur flavour backed up by a moderate hop bitterness and perhaps some background berry tartness. no carbonation on the palate at all, very smooth. might be a little sickly for some but as my first barleywine i really enjoy this. Ungstrup (38415) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2010
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, fruit, and brettanomyces. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, brettanomyces, alcohol, and berries, leading to a tart finish.
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2010
’09 vintage. Odd aroma of green bananas, wierd. Flavour is much the same, with lots of fusel alcohol and bite. Seems like there’s something gone wrong with the fermentation in batch. sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 28, 2010
Bubblegum, sugar. Some vodka-ish alcohol. Flavours are dry, with lots of alcoholic bitterness. Not such a fan... nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2010
Bottle (Vintage 2009). Pours ruby with a small head that disappeared. Rough toffeish malt aroma and very boozy. It’s strong flavoured with candy sweetness (which is a common trait I find amongst the PE beers) and strong alcohol taste. Very low carbonation and the beer basically fell flat towards the end. Sour finish. Very disappointing overall. Thanks SorenE for the bottle. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Bottle 330ml, 2009. Very good, but alcohol is noticeable. Aromas of caramel, toffee, alcohol, and cherry. Taste is long-lasting, with sweet and bitter notes well-mixed. Velvety in the palate, with a medium body. Amber colour, with a creamy white head. KimJohansen (10497) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2010
Hazy amber with a medium beige head. Aroma was sourish with malty notes. Flavour was yeasty with soruish, yeasty and fruity notes. Finished sourish.