Ughsmash (7468) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #19876, BB "End 2001". Poured medium caramel with a thick initial cap of beige head.. receded to a loose-bubbled topping. Aroma held up just beautifully.. deep, lightly-smoked caramel, dried floral hoppage, subtle port wine, and perhaps some rum.. one of the best smelling beers Iíve ever come across. Lightly-smoked, toasted caramel again at the flavorís core.. some sharper rum and port tackiness at the edges.. tasty, but lost some character to old age. Syrupy on the palate and a touch slick... warm finish. Really enjoyed this one.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was believed to have been kept refrigerated for the majority of its life. Pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head with light whispy lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt and a touch of butterscotch with some English hops and alcohol. Starts rich, viscous and malty with a nice sweetness and plenty of carbonation. Finishes more dry and bitter. This tasted fresher than bottles of the 1999 I have had that werenít refrigerated. It has aged quite nicely. Thanks go out to TheBeerCellar2 for hooking me up with this gem!
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Tomís awesome Twickenham Brewery tasting.
I’m not gonna rattle on about the vintage ale as we all know what it’s like. At ten years old this had mellowed and the ingredients had married really well. There was an odd minty note in the aroma and it was slightly oxidised in the mouth but other than that it’s still going pretty well even though it is nearing the end of it’s life.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle # 15252, sampled in a Fullers pint glass and next to the 1999 and 2005 vintages: The pour is a murky coppery hue topped by an initial creamy tan head that does slightly fade and left behind some lace. The aroma has notes of rich caramel and toffee, over ripened plum and apple, oxidized floral hops, and a earthy and vinous quality.
The taste starts lush and fruity supported by a even handed caramelized malt background. Some notes of marzipan, port-like twang and warmth, and a hit of surprising hop bitterness I thought would be long gone, WONDERFULLY aged! The mouth feel is a touch oily and lush, smooth and mild carbonation with a bone dry finish. Some mild presence of alcohol noted but that just adds to the overall pleasure of this beer.
A masterpiece once again, I would put this on par with the 2000 and 2002 vintage but still below the 2001 which should be peaking any time now and the 1999 which is still other-worldly.
THANKS AGAIN WALT!
jackl (6421) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Huge thanks to Ken for breaking out this rarely-found vintage! The pourís deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is raisin, brown sugar, some prune and newspaper. The taste is oxidized rum raisin ice cream, more dark fruits and heaps of brown sugar sweetness. Jammy body. Drinkable but clearly past its prime! If youíve still got a bottle, donít wait to open this up.
jonas (6406) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - SEP 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the RBESP 2004
Aroma has raisins, oranges, chocolate, a bit roast and noticable alcohol
Cloudy amber, low creamy head.
Quite spicy, wood, cognac roast, a bit chocolate , alcohol burn.
Oily mouthfeel, low carbonation.
Not that harmonic overall.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of oak, earthy, some tea, touches of sweet malt. Tastes of toffee, some sugary hints, spicy, lots of earthiness. Unfortunately, this did not live up to the excellent 1997 bottle.
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much head covers this cloudy orange beer. Mostly candyish honey and rockets candies aroma. Maple and orange create a more citric character than 97 and 99 vintages. Less earth and chocolate notes also lend the idea of an overall less well kept malt deepness. Nevertheless, thereís plenty of marries otter in there to procure those typical bready bitter caramel tones that, here, have aged as well as most bold sweet barleywines can be expected to have. Soft carbonation seems to fit the light-medium body here, but more fullness would be welcome. Thanks John!
Pailhead (6147) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, fruit, apple, and light chocolate. It pours a slightly hazy amber with a moderate large bubbled off-white head. The flavor starts with caramel, light chocolate, and fruit. The finish has a hint of apple and oxidation. Light-medium bodied with a slightly thin mouthfeel and mild carbonation.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like I write on the back of my notebook sheets when Iím drunk. A bit late, almost missed that one. ClarkVV brought it to BCTC 2007. Almost clear amber body. Toasted bread with delicious smooth caramel spread pretty much sums it up. Some residual sugar (brown sugar flavour) and light woody notes. A lot less oxidized than the 1999 bottle I had six months ago at Mugs Ale in NY. This one held up pretty well as I still remember it despite my advanced drunken state at that point. I finish my glass thinking Barley Wine minus the hops, maybe five years ago it was. Very smooth body and medium carbonation. No alcohol presence discernable probably because 8.5% was below my blood system at that point in the night.