bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Warming beer. Liquer-like. smooth orange flavors. I will age one longer next time and try again. An excellent brew.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle conditioned 1pint 2.6 ounce brown bottle, back label says "best before Sept 02" had sitting since early Aug. 02
Color is a nice hazy dark brown with a deep dark orangy glow. Finger high head of creamy foam, tannish in hue, big bubbles and lumpy from a vigorous pour, has some spotty lacing.
Smell is all caramel; sweet and candied toffee aroma and loads of caramel with notes of slight dark fruit and fresh bread. Hint of alcohol late and deep.
Taste is super smooth caramel malt, subdued in its subtle sweetness, balanced in with the perfect amount of earthy hop twinged bite and bitterness, and slightly drying. The hops start to make a bigger appearance and gets more noticeable as you go.
Feel is solid medium bodied, slightly buttery and chewy, all soothingly smooth with a nice calming earthy dryness in the finish. Lending this barleywine to be incredibly delicious and drinkable, very enjoyable and head swimmingly soothing.
Made for a great night cap.... now I know I'll get some sleep.
Finishing the big bottle goes right to your head. Wow.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2004 I have now drunk two bottles of this at different times, I guess due to the nature of bottle conditioned beer they differed slightly. I was a bit dissopointed by the first, the second however was marvellous.
Certainly had a warming effect, was nice and smooth and just a hint of alcohol could be tasted, in addition there were earthy, nutty flavours. An excellent beer.
Subsequently re-tasted, it is a superb brew, my favourite from Fuller's, although I haven't tried the Vintage Ales.
A great English Strong Ale.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish brown with a short lived white head. Sour(Earthy?) aroma. Initial dry malt burst of flavor, a subtle sour aftertaste. Smooth and a joy to drink.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a glowing ruby color with a nice, thick off-white head. The aroma and flavor were full of nutty, malty sweet, roasty, woody, earthy tones. Nice refreshing feel.
PorterPounder (5196) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good sweet malty aroma -with a hint of nuts mixed in. Has a thin, mocha colored head which dissipates quickly but has good lacing. Pleasant bourbon like copper red appearance. Flavor - has a little bit of a dopplebok flavor to it. Slightly sweet but not cloying. Gets "chewier" as it warms - detect some nuttiness to it along with raisins and dates. Excellent mouthfeel - just feels right. Classic bottle. Overall - an excellent ale.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy crap! This stuff is very aromaticVery spicy smelling. Like a fruitcake. Nice retaining head. Has a fruitcake taste also.. Raisin, cherry, date, with a dash aof cinnimon. Just a little too much alcahol present for the medium amount it has. Very creamy
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a great reddish/ruby color with some carbonation and a malted smell. Taste is a great balance between the malts and hops finishing with a crisp bitterness. Overall a great beer with excellent balance.
JK (4284) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 Dark red. Thick, large, light tan colored head. Aromas of tobacco, coffee, strawberry, and some raisin. Very rich and heavy. Flavors of dark chocolate, raisins, nutmeg, and butter. Aftertaste of sweet hops. Outstanding beer.
Aurelius (3907) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stellar, almost perfect. The only thing that I've liked better was Thames Welsh ESB, which is chewier. Slightly smokey, raisin and prune, Maris Otter malt aroma which gives way to some toffee and vanilla as it warms. Ruddy brown beer, great bottle, seafoam-consistancy tan head. Finely bittered -- this is the way to do hops, so that it compliments the beer without tasting like hop tea. Satin mouthfeel. Raisin, cream, bock/barleywine and ale flavors which leave toffee sweetness on your lips.