DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 12 oz. bottle. With the intimidating yellow warning cap. Brownish-black color. Pours with some fizz, but does not manage any head. Smell has sweet sherry notes, a hint of crushed green raisin. Taste has a thick mouthfeel of prune juice and more sherry. Prominent alcohol has a slight burn among the sugar. Solid layer of yeast dregs at the bottom of the bottle. Ultimately, I feel like it’s lost the character of a beer and let the fruit take over. Well, that’s the risk when finally deciding to pop one of the strongest beers in my cellar.
alexsdad06 (5931) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle shared with drsordr. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor has big sweet malts, dark fruits, raisins, dates, brown sugar, caramel, some alcohol still shows through. Sticky, thick mouth feel. This has held up very well over the years, this bottle was from 07 I believe.
rdixon77 (834) - Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow. Big boozy raisin taste...almost close to a sweet barley line. Light hazy brown pour with almost no head. Aroma was booze (a punch of it), plums, candied sugar, raisins. The taste followed. Super rich and super sweet. Somewhat astringent. Definitely a sipper.
StayWhatUR (4) - - OCT 27, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 vintage shared by a very generous friend. Almost no carbonation but tones of smooth, raisin, oaky flavor. Really enjoyed this one!
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 bottle. Dark brown pour with almost no head to speak of. Aromas of raisins, brown sugar, malt, and yeast notes. It’s retained some of its carbonation. Flavor is sweet raisin up front with toffee/caramel notes coming through as well as molasses. The finish is a little warm from the abv but not as intense as you might think. A great slow sipper by a fire without a doubt. This aged beautifully. Great beer.
Tstamba (361) - Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting fresh draught vs 07 vs 05 at the brewery... Dark brown, no head, like a raisin liquor, mellows nicely with age... The 05 is very smooth ... Amazing.
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TheHOFF43 (1759) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on my own. What the fuck, didn’t know it was over 18%. Anyway, looks and tastes like a barley wine, with some nice dark fruits (perhaps raisins?), booze all over this, caramel and malts. I like it a lot, better to share with others though.
maxcoinage (26) - Wauconda, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Vintage acquired in a trade, had a nice carbonated sound when cracking it open. As I was pouring it then aroma was prevelant. Poured into a softer a dark brown color with a couple cm white head which dissipated quickly.
Aroma is fantastic - brown sugar, figs, dates, oak
Mouthfeel - fairly heavy and still a bit of carb, not as oxided as I would have expected.
Taste is just outstanding - similar to aroma- brown sugar, raisins, port, boozy
Finish is strong and hot. Enjoying this very much!
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle share at BW - pre-hill farmstead 3rd anniversary. 2002 vintage - thanks a lot! hazy light brown without a head. dry and complex caramel and caramelized nuts, raisins, plums, buttered nuts, light toasted coconut, oak and moderate old port characteristics. soft to flat carbonation, medium body - heavy stickiness, oily, cloying caramel finish. complex.. but did not wowed me.
Hoppypocket (408) - Trois-rivieres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 vintage. Pours a cloudy dark brown with no head and no lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, figs, brown sugar, raisins, caramel. Taste is full of caramel, figs, raisins, brown sugar, dried berries, alcohol is barely present for a 20% abv beer. like and old port. Full body and low carb. Wow. Really impressed how this one held up well. Very good!