JonMoore (2012) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice amber colour with good sized white head. Complex aroma; malty, hoppy, honey, dark fruits and more. What a fantastic beer. Malty but balanced well with the hops at the finish. Slightly sweet, brown sugar taste with some toffee as well. Wonderfully smooth, rounded and full bodied. One of the worldís best beers. Fantastic.
madsberg (10683) - SÝborg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled: Clear amber coloured. Beige dense head. Spices (vanilla), nuts and malt in the aroma. Flavour is sweet and furity and feels rather creamy. Marzipan notes. Alcahol is very dominant in the short as well as the long run. Is quite onedimensional imo. Something about this beer, I dont like. Probably the immense alcahol taste.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The chap behind the bar at the Bank of England Hotel said it was a beer not unlike the London Pride. When the bar server delivered the beer he had a bit of a chuckle. Whaaaat? Well the latter gentleman was right. This is a beautifully presented amber/copper beer of immense strength. There is a distinct citrus (concentrated like dry peel) aroma with the expected maltiness. The hop aroma is also there with the plethora of hops used. Flavour is full and barleywineish and definitely not a session beer. This one is a cracker but in a less subtle way than the porter. Still a fine beer and I wonder how different this is to the Vintage Ale.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle. Red/Brown, small white head. Malty, sweet aroma. Perhaps plum, raisin. Very tasty, only negative point is that perhaps the alcohol is not disguised as well as it could, so by the end of the bottle it was tasting rather stronger than many other decent strong ales.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a small off white head. Alcohol dominates aroma even when warmed. Theres also some malty notes there too but mainly alcohol. Sweet start with a slightly fruity mid and dry finish. Aftertaste of alcohol and light spice. Not what Iíd hoped for.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled @ Victoria pub - Lancaster gate area. Red amber colored. Sweet malty vinous taste Full bodied minimal hoppy bitterness. unexceptional
Dorqui (2141) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Red color with glares browns. Too much strongly for my tastes. High alcoholic tenor and too much intense aroma.
TBone (13816) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Bottled
Dark copper brown. Small brown head. Crisp, menthol nose like in Fullerís Old Winter Ale. Medium-bodied. Coffee, salt, hops in well-balanced taste. Good but not a typical barley wine like it was styled in an advertisement. (6/4/7/4/14 3.5)
Re-rate, bottled (BB 02/2010).
Clear amber color, steady creamy beige head. Strong aroma of toffee, nuts, menthol and lemon. Thick, caramelly, alcholic, nutty malty with toffee and dark fruits. Long alcoholic aftertaste. Hard to enjoy so much as drinkability is poor. (6/4/6/3/12 3.1)
redletter (8) - ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One big, red, flavourfull mouthfull of beer. Richer than the duke of Westminster, and with a good alcohol kick to remind you this is a strong ale. A cracking beer for the price, highly recommended in winter...
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost no head retention. Dark golden/amber colour. Red wine and butterscotch aroma. Full bodied, dark fruits, slightly oxidised and lots of caramell. Plus a bit of alcohol taste. Bitter aftertaste with raisins and figs.