dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, - OCT 25, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
No carbonation, no head, cloudy dull brown colour. Plum/raisin/sider aroma, quite sweet. Flavours much the same, cloying, alcohol bite - virtually undrinkable. Must have been a dodgy bottle, looking at the rest of the ratings...
minutemat (2580) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Bottle Share, Aug 15, many thanks to Mike! Rich, uber-slick, smooth flavours with dried dark fruits sliding out of the syrupy gloss. Remarkably well-preserved given the dust-bombs we’ve opened from this box before.
BlackHaddock (4985) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
19th Aug 2015, Shrewsbury Bottle Share meeting. 275ml corked bottle, cellar aged since birth. Lovely smooth tasting brew with a sweet sherry like taste and aroma. Red/orange colour with a wisp for a head. Would have liked a larger sample (5 of us), but I had enough to know it is still a top class beer and one I would gladly pay some heavy dosh for.
Kavu (3003) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,275l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours hazy brown with no head and pieces of cork (it was dry). Aroma is sweet malts, pudding and alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, pudding, chocolate, alcohol and hops. No more carbonation. Good.
laiti (7627) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2014
27,5 cl bottle @ Pikkulintu, bottled 2002
Aroma has lots of raisins, some alcohol and distant moldy cellar tones. Flavour is odd with raisins, moldy tones, cardboard, alcohol and licorice. Definitely past its prime but not completely bad.
Beer5000 (5124) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
275 ml bottle sampled in 2010. A reddish amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt, dry fruit, alcohol and some oxidation. Flavor is sweet malt, dry fruit and alcohol like sherry or port. Some degree of oxidation, but not in a bad way. Feels both robust and smooth at the same time. Full body and long aftertaste.
Beerhammaren (1384) - FINLAND - JAN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar
Been in a closet now for 11 years! Thanks to Hannu. Pours murky muddy.
Aroma is raisins, mämmi, alcohol, dark fruits. Flavor is vinegar, alcohol, malts, roasted malts , some chocolate. After taste is roasted, dry palate. Swell!
BVery (8064) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Slightly murky reddish orange pour, zero head. Nose is soy, molasses, dark fruit, and wood. Palate is moderate and a bit flat. Taste is very complex - soy sauce with some spice (reminds me of dipping sushi in a wasabi-loaded soy sauce tray), woody elements, and a healthy dose of red wine character. Interesting and tasty.
sunevdj (3500) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THX Ungstrup. Pours a hazy brown with no head. Sweet with lots of rye bread and øllebrød. Lots of alcohol notes and residual sugars. Bready. Medium to full bodied. No carbonation.
imdownthepub (11476) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 275ml cork & foiled, from Geoff & Janet Day (Those were the Days!). Copper, amber with no head. Massive alcohol, whisky aroma leading straight into the flavour. So much alcohol it’s hard to get anything else other than a touch of tartish oxidation, and I know where this has been kept for the last 10 years. Some fruit, raisins, sultanas with a Belgian yeasty note, but overall this is pure Barley Wine, not a favourite but glad I tried it. Must get this years version.
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
I struggled to want to drink this, but there was a reason that an almost 10 year old beer is available for $3.45. Smells pretty good, more like a wine than an beer. Very dark burgundy color. Tastes strikingly sour and intensely sweet with a lingering cork/barrel flavor. Flavors of wine, tannins, and raisins.