Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aroma, mild fruity notes. Malt has caramel molasses notes, but subdued. Mild hops. Caramel-red clear, with thin lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Nice malty taste, with caramel and anise. Medium dry hoppy finish and after. Good balance between malt and dryness. Not as deep and complex as others, but quite tasty.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium tan head. Amber copper body thick body light friut and alcohol scent minimal lacing tasted blend together. wiskey taste at first nice fruits and smooth finish
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden carmel color with light foamy head. Malty nose of burnt vanilla, nuts, carmel, and a slight note of alcohol. Heavey in the mouth with a richness that starts sweet and slowly drys out on the finish. Rich carmel and cough syrup quality which feels like it could really develop with time. Dense and layered, though a bit wound up showing fruit only as a background noise crying to be heard. The finish does warm with alcohol, but all in all I like!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strongly maltet nose with some nuts and alcohol. Reddish body with a smal beige head. Malty taste with some caramel, nuts and canesugar. Palate is like syrup.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma of carmel, alcohol and faint hops. mellow taste, nutty, full bodied. some fruity character as it warmed up a bit.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 bottle courtesy of Sven.Pours a dark honey with no head but still very active with carbonation.Had little fizzies the whole time I was drinking it.The aroma of thisbrew was very complex as at first I thought this was caramel then I found it to be sweet and malty,maybe fruity.Taste,lovely to be drinking,sipping actually,a brew this old that was this delicious.Rich in body and sweet and malty.The ABV wasn’t that apparent to me.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I wouldn’t call this red, exactly. Appeared more the color of cognac. Had a nose that smelled strongly of alcohol, chocolate, and caramel. The taste was similar, though very English in character. Which is not surprising given the brewery. Not as much alcohol in the mouth as the nose. Caramel and roastiness and chocolate are evident. Overall, a nice enough experience
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7oz. bottle. Poured a redish amber color with a medium white head. Very yeasty smell. When you took a big sniff you could defiantly smell red wine characteristics because of the strong alcohol. Very heavy bodied. Whiskey like in taste which is very interesting. The finish and after taste are quit watery which is surprising for such a thick beer. Really good overall.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2009 7 oz bottle. 8.2 ABV. New Belgium, snifter-type glass. I let it sit at room temp for 30 minutes because my cellar is 41 degrees right now. Reddish brown color, little head that dissipates quickly. The carbonation gives it a nice hazy head that reforms. Nice lacing. Malty aroma, honey, floral hops, spiced nose. It smells great and wafts up to my nose as I type. Taste is sweet fruity initially then goes into beautiful hops flavors. Initially honey, brown sugar, cloves, and spice. The hops are floral, citrus peel. The hops give it a nice backbone and make it non-cloyingly sweet. The finish is dryish and flavorful. The mouthfel seems a bit thin. My only regret is that the bottle is so small and that I only have 5 left! I prefer this to the sticky-sweet British barley wines. 9/4/8/4/17 4.2
2004 7oz "nip" bottle @ 8.2ABV. I always new the time would come when I would be out of the ’04 OF bottles. Tonight is the last bottle, this one with 5 years of age on it. This bottle was stored in a cellar that fluctuates quite a bit. In the hottest part of the summer the bottles are looking at 75° and in the coldest part of the winter, they are seeing freezing ྾°) temps. I would imagine the nip bottles would age faster in this format due to the thermal mass and the amount of headspace relative to the volume of beer. I took the bottle right out of a 70° cellar to try the beer. The beer feels cool to the touch, but it could easily be at cellar temps at the moment. Served in a DT chalice. Mild oxidation (good oxidation, no cardboard or anything like that), sherry, dark caramel, wood, rich dark fruits and toffee in the nose. Amazingly enough, there is a thin head sticking around and swirling around like a lava lamp. The mouthfeel is substantial, but the finish is clean and way too easy to drink. The taste is dark caramel, dark fruits, toffee, sherry, wood and alcohol with a mildly hot and bitter finish, something that might not be overly apparent if the beer was served 10-15° cooler. The age on this beer is very complimentary, there is still so much of what made this a great beer, but also some positive aging characteristics. On thing I am sure of is that the beer might not have been able to be aged for another couple years in these conditions. 9/4/8/5/18 4.4
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2004 small bottle obtained from AJ’s Fine Foods in Phoenix. murky amber colour with no head whatsoever. Powerful citrusy hop aroma, sweet raisins along with other dried fruits. the flavour is similar to that also. it’s very malty and I didn’t feel that there was enough hop character to even it out. warm alcohol feeling. dry finish. my first of the style. I bought another bottle that I’ll age for a little while to see how it develops.