pivo (2592) - GERMANY - FEB 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sampled in 2004: Huge nose of sweet dark fruits, and a little clay and earthy aromas. Hazy red-brown color and a big spongy head. Barleywine-like flavors and dark fruits (figs). Alcohol a go-go - comes across like a brandy at times. Powerful hop punch that lingers in the lower insdie of the mouth. A sugary sweetness is also deposited on the lips. Fat and chewy body. Great balance.
YogiBeera (2500) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle No. 25144: Nice creamcolored medium head, leaving brussels laces on the glass. Light red color, hazy. Raisons nose also malt figs and dates - kind of ppery too. Malt and raisons taste, not as intens as in the 1998 vintage. Doesn't scatch but isn't smooth either. Kind of weak taste, not the same Strong Ale/Barley Wine character as in the 1998, 1999 an 2000 vintage, which suprised me a bit as this bottle is with 7 years well aged.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured honey amber color with a big bubbled brown head...smell is yeasty with lots of delicate cognac too...taste is sweet and the mouthfeel is active with lots of small furious bubbles tickling the tongue...finish is warm and amazingly still alcoholic warm...
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #84091. Rich copper iin colour, lasting medium sized tan head, some lace. The aroma is of caramel, earth, some light chocolate, plums and other dark fruits. The flavour is showing signs of oxidation, still has some caramel/toffee sweetness, raisins, berries and bread. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, mild carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet, lingering. Very cool to have all the Vintage Ales as part of a vertical.
legion242 (2270) - Richardson, Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red color. Thick and soapy head. Big bold nose. Smooth to almost a fault. Definitely did not need 7+ years. Hops are more noticable then usual.
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thanks go out to kawa for bringing this out to us. dark cloudy brown with a white head. aroma is rich malt and alcohol. dusty taste with a mild raisin with caramel and chocolate. to steal a line from bu11zeye, "like a good scotch". really good, thanks again walt.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Chris_o for sharing this bottle with Denverlogan and me. Bottle #25,004. Sparkling, copper colour with a thin tan head. The nose has sweet malt and caramel and a touch of berry jam. A rich, sweet, barley wine style ale to taste with sticky malt, fruit and a touch of spice. It had generally held up well but perhaps was starting to show it’s age with some slight oxidation and hints of wet cardboard. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Niall73 (1871) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Colin for sharing this. It poured a muddy brown. Big dark fruit - figs, prunes - aroma. Light to medium body. Sweet and sour, with lots of dark fruit and some toffee. Old and interesting.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #84043. Wonderful woody tannic honey nose. Very "old" smell-must and honey. Smells great. Taste-lots and lots of wood. Cherry, sawdust, peaty, bitter, and chewy. Very very nice. Just a fantastic beer.
zathrus13 (1724) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought this bottle in early 1998 and opened it on 1/10/04. It is a beautiful amber color. The aroma is a hops and caramel. The taste is sweet, with hints of hops, fruit, and alcohol. Worth trying, if you you can still find it.