Batch 828. Very smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and bitter, creamy. The port marries lovingly into the beer, adding notes of dark fruits, and tannins, but does it fairly subtle. Hints of vanilla and chocolate. Very easy drinking, all super mellow and soft.
Purchased at Jumbo
Bottled 23SEP15. This is how you make barleywines. Thick, rich, sticky and sweet. Lots of brandy, tons of raisins. Very smooth, so much flavour, all delicious.
Purchased at Mr. HopEarned the The Wine of Beers (Level 27) badge!
Last years iteration made me a true NM fan, this years does not change that. Very open foam, pale orange colour, hazy. Smells hoppy and fruity. Sweet, tropical, stone fruit, some good bitterness in the back. Fairly light. Lovely, yummy, but not brilliant.
Purchased at Cardy's Bierbunker
Light, sweet, and grainy.. Lots of fruity notes (limes, interestingly enough) but some proper bitterness as well. Really safe (Gulpener, so as expected..), but definitely tasty and easy to drink. Good value for money. Good body for the ABV.
Purchased at Jumbo
BB 04.10.18. A chunk of coconut, some indeterminate sweetness, but one-dimensional and thin. Needs more body, and better balance. Very alcoholic. Where is the maple? Not bad, but disappointing. This combination could be great. Thanks Harm!Earned the Better Together (Level 81) badge! Earned the Trekking the Alps (Level 3) badge!
After a description that didn't really appeal to me, and some bad rumours, it's surprisingly nice. The spice is fairly subtle, but it's a malty and sweet boozy Kees bom. Hints of tonka and cinnamon. Balanced, wintery, warming, and super smooth. Chunky.
Purchased at Beerdome
PKD 07DEC18. Been wanting to try this for quite some time, and here it is! Heavy and sticky sweet with a nice bitterness. Very thick, rich, almost treacle-like, with coffee mixed through. A real pleasure to drink, once it warmed up. Thanks Harm!
Interesting. Sourish and quite smokey, with more than a hint of chilli. Not sure it completely works as a combination, but nice enough, and definitely good fun. Surprisingly friendly for the description. Thanks Harm!Earned the For the Can (Level 59) badge! Earned the I Believe in IPA! (Level 85) badge!
Lots of apple. Flat, a bit buttery, and fairly dry. Traditional cider without turning hipster. Enjoyable, but maybe a bit boring after a while. Needs something to pair it with.Earned the Draft City (Level 39) badge!