rich42 (128) - USA - DEC 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bought the bottle as an xmas present for my dad - but figured I really should try it first. had at room temperature. syrupy and a little sweat - but not cloying. nice oakiness. hops are present - but in the background. good maltiness - alcohol taste is there - but at reasonable levels. wonderfully easy drinking - very very nice.
jtclockwork (9989) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber white head. Nose/taste of merlot, oak, grape syrup, caramel, toffee and oak. Medium-full body.
vtafro (4216) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Ruby brown pour with tan head. Some bourbon, oak, and sweet malt. Dark sweet malts, spice, barrel and dark tones.
mR_fr0g (4515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Borefts beer festival day 1 26/09/2014. Thanks to fonefan for shared this one. Hazed dark orange coloured pour with a sticky off white head. Aroma is mint, caramel, toffee malts. Some age on the nose as well. Flavour is composed of caramel and toffee malts, mint and some hot alcohol. Palate is sweet and full bodied. Held up pretty well.
madmitch76 (16830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
26th September 2014
Borefts VI. Bottle. Thanks to Fonefan for this blast from the past. Very hazy deep amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and smooth. Modest fine carbonation. Smooth malts, sweet tangy fruits, Sweet cognac. Dried fruits. Very mild spice. Light semi dry finish. Nice, has lasted well.
Theydon_Bois (11101) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at BBF 6, 26/09/14.
Murky chestnut brown meets dark orange with a moderate off white covering.
Nose is dark fruit rinds, spice, fruit cake, brown sugars, light roast.
Taste comprises sweetish licks, toffee, toasted brown sugar, fruit loaf, spice.
Medium + body, fine carboantion, lightly warming booze in the close.
Ok barley wine but far from the great the rating on this one suggest it is!
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
26/IX/14 - 75cl bottle @ Borefts 2014 (Bodegraven) - BB: n/a, 2000 vintage (2014-1067) Thanks to fonefan for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy amber to brown beer, small irregular yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: bit oxidized, caramel, sweet, sugary, dried fruits, orange peel, fruity notes. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty oxidized, caramel, sweet, sugary, nice sour twist.
Benzai (9431) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ Borefts 2014. Murky brownish color, small off-white head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, overripe fruits. Tastes about the same: malts, sweetness, overripe fruits, lightly sweet-bitter. Medium body and carbonation. Don’t specifically get any barrel aging, and there is some oxidation, but certainly still a nice beer after all those years (bottle from 2000).
77ships (4693) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. bottle @ Borefts 2014. Thank you fonefan! 2000 Vintage. Batch 2. Dark brown amber, head only on sides. Good oxidation in the nose, maple, sugar, caramel, figs leaves, surprisingly solid still for the age. Warming mocha taste, leaves, berries, creamy malt, caramel,… Lower carbonation. Has held up surprisingly well for 14 year old beer. Nice. Must have been stellar couple of years ago.
kraddel (4244) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 2000 vintage At BBF 2014 .
Pours murkey brown , small white head . Smell is sweet, aged, harsh .
Taste is sweet , bitter, madeira . Passed its prime , but still enjoyable
1999 version . Taste is simmilar . Maybe a bit more intense than I remember the 2000 to be ( several months between both tastings ) . I’d give the same score
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Red Wine Barrel
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, massive thanks to springslicker for sharing this huge whale!!! Pours murky caramel brown with some white bubbles that quickly disappear. The nose is nicely vinous, tart fruit, with oxidized caramel aroma. The flavor is the same red wine oak with nutty oxidation, and some caramel malt. The body is medium with no carbonation and a long vinous and caramel malt finish.