superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - JUN 6, 2017
375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/23/2021. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy dark orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, toffee, rum, toasted oak, biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, apricot, raisin, cherry, pine, chocolate, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malt, rum chips, and light-moderate citrus/fruity hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, toffee, rum, toasted oak, biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, apricot, raisin, cherry, pine, chocolate, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness and light rum/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, vanilla, toffee, rum, toasted oak, biscuit, nuttiness, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper, pine, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance dark/bready/light roasted malt, rum chips, and light-moderate citrus/fruity hop flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from lingering bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinious/tannic/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%; no rum booziness. Overall this is a fantastic imperial red ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance dark/bready/light roasted malt, rum chips, and light-moderate citrus/fruity hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV. Outstanding rich malt complexity with balancing citrusy/fruity hops; and a nice presence of rum/oak chips. A highly enjoyable offering. tfredvik (1941) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2017
Slightly hazy red to brown body with a large, creamy, dense, beige, very long-lived head that ends up as a thin layer, good lacing. Malty and strong aroma of caramel, caramel and caramel. Also dark dried fruits, overripe generic fruity notes, and brown rum. Very strong flavour, with sweet caramel being the most important contributor by far. Also strong notes of brown rum, brown sugar, burnt sugar, dark dried fruits, overripe fruits and vanilla, and traces of banana. Moderate sweet taste with a long-lasting moderate bitter finish. Full body, smooth texture, quite soft carbonation. A fabulous brew! Tasche39 (82) - SPAIN - APR 22, 2017
[37.5 cl bottle, enjoyed 4 years before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Aker Brygge, Oslo]
Impresionante cerveza con toques a madera, se distinguen muy bien los azucares y el trago es realmente fácil para su graduación. Andrus86 (643) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2017
BOTTLE. (Bb 23 06 21) Pours an amber to brown, thin white head.. the crystal malt shines onvvthe nose, some wood chips.. Good rich malt body, caramel sweetness, has a touch of the wood chips.. Sourced cellarbrations @ capel Rune (12623) - Tromsĝ, NORWAY - MAR 11, 2017
375ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Hamar. Huge off-white head slowly diminishing over a amber-reddsh body. Caramel malts and berry fruits on the nose. Flavoured with apricot, wood, caramel and rum. Sweet bery fruits to the ending. Full bodied. Classic dessert brew. Nice in smaller amounts (Shared with friends on a Sunday eve at Ottestad 05.03.2017).
angel77 (3245) - oviedo, SPAIN - FEB 18, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2017 Botella 37.5 cl de cervezalandia tomada en Oviedo 17..02..2017. Fcpref 23..06..21. (r39). Color oscuro casi negro con espuma beige oscuro. Aromas y sabores maltosos tostados con toques de caramelos algo toatados y ahumados y ciertos dulces. Ligeros especiados finales. Cuerpo medio con buena sensación alcohólica 10 vol que se notan desde el principio. Bastante buena. Para repetir. BRW (2714) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 2, 2017
Bottle. Copper color with off white head. Malt and caramel aroma. Sweet, malt, caramel and fruity aroma. Medium to full body. Beerhunter111 (20362) - P´Castle, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2017
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!
alex_leit (3695) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 2, 2017
Pours slightly hazy dark amber colour. Aroma of dark and red fruits, some wood. Taste of strong dark malt, vanilla, wood, red berries, okay!
Bottle. Amber color, thin slightly yellowish foam. Aroma: wine, rum, vanilla, malt, a little oak, dried fruits. Taste: vanilla, oak, rum, sherry, sweet, candy, warming, slightly bitter. BlazerT (1089) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Teku. Deep amber with moderate, dirty white, semi-thick head. Good head retention and moderate lacing. Moderate malty aroma - carmelish, light to moderate biscuity. Also moderate rum BA notes. Moderate to strong oaky/wooden character. Some dried fruits, slightly hoppy. The happiness is mostly covered by malts. Taste is heavy bitter with strong wooden notes. The bitterness is long lasting and slightly increases. Medium body, oily and thick texture, average carbonation, finish is wooden, dry, bitter, long. Not the best from Tool, not my story. This is definitely not a barley wine, neither amber ale. Some experiment, which is not really good. From good sides the ABV is well covered, only slight warming. Strong barrel and wooden notes.