ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 1, 2017 UltraViolence (23) - USA - FEB 5, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
There’s a barely discernable "Enjoy By" date on the front label by the moon. "Enjoy By" 2014 is a candidate for the holy grail; it is perfect and mind-blowing and there is nothing better...cloudy nectarine color, beautiful when you hold it to the light; rich carmel-y, nutty bread dough and pine complexity finishing into something completely different from where it started. "Enjoy By" 2015 is completely average...darker in color and clear, the rich complexity and butterscotch-ness isn’t there, and it’s therefore a short-lived trip. This is a bottle conditioned ale that lends itself to cellaring, so in 12 months time, will "Enjoy By 2015" morph into what "Enjoy By 2014" is now? Maybe. But it’s hard to imagine it transforming itself to that extent. Buyer’s Guide: If it appears cloudy in the bottle and the yeast is stacked at the bottom, buy in mass. If clear in the bottle with just a little yeast at the base, avoid if your intent is to drink now.
Bottle. Pours a deep copper-hued amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Nose is caramel, red fruits, toffee, raisins, peaches and hints of pineapple, syrup and lychee. Taste is red fruits, caramel, burnt sugar, toffee and hints of rose petals and lychee. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Nice and fruity American barley wine without too much bitterness; perhaps a bit anonymous but still nice. meccahh69lol (288) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Here we have the first barleywine we’ve rated on here somehow and its a good one. Pours a nice dark amber brown with a thick malty foamy hoppy head. Lovely brutal hop lacerations tantalize while the malty undertow reels you out to sea. The 11% is well hidden, but the effect are not. Good for playing alternately poorly and very well at pinball while contemplating the sandwiches to come. AndyW68 (1582) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2017
Very nice. Rich mohagany red pour with minimal sticky head. Aroma of rich sweet dark fruit. Taste follows nose with plum and raisin forward. Carmalized malt and an alcohol burn. simontomlinson (531) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2017
Minimal beige head cover finely carbonated mahogany coloured body.
Stewed fruit & sugar roma.
Medium Bodied. Airy. fine carbonation on the palate. Cloying.
Sweet stewed fruits to the fore with lots of sugar. This is followed by a bitter back of citrus, hops & clove with long grapey finish.
At four years old this tastes like it is past it’s best & at three years old was at it’s premium.
VastActiv (7413) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is deep reddish orange with small white head. Sweetness, dry fruits, hops and malts. Pretty good.
flatearthman (68) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2017
On 2/17/17, opened a bottle from 2013. Initial thick head that turns to lacey; nice copper hue; nose of sweet malt; Nice smooth warming mouthfeel; Taste of sweet woody orange citrus malt with some bitterness followed with a lingering finish of bittersweet candy malt.
MarcoDL (5152) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 15, 2017
Bottle at tasting. Aroma of bitter hops, citrus, pine, caramelised malt and ripe fruit. Taste has caramelised malt, bitter pine, ripe fruit, booze, citrus and yeast ester. Smelled better. mjs (7532) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2017
(Bottle, 0.65 l - BB 12 Oct 2021, at Kitty’s, 20170215) The beer poured mahogany coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, molasses ,grass and sweetness. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, grass, molasses, pine, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste was malty, hoppy and bitter. A good malty brew with hop bite and it hid its high ABV well. Hermod (8139) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 15, 2017
65ml bottle @ Kitty’s.
Poured mahogany color with a thick white head.
Aroma has bready malts, some earthy notes, toffee, fudge notes.
Bready malty, toffee, sweetness, caramel. Hides abv nicely. Superb drinkability. Inbreak (6328) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2017
13.02.2017, 0,65l bottle @ home:
Big slightly fizzy-creamy longlasting head. Aroma is sweet fruity, leafs, minerals, fruit stones, caramel malts, grass, dried fruits, raisins, alcohol, hops, bark, citrus peel. Taste is sweet boozy, weeds, leafs, alcohol, minerals, harsh hops, fruit stones, sugar, bark, dried fruits, hay, sawdust, cardboard, soil. Longlasting harsh bitterness, boozy mouthfeel. Fair enough.