MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, - DEC 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2005 (2000 vintage in 2005):
Alcohol roams through a complex fruit salad of orange rinds and berries...Yeast-laden caramel points out the confusion from the aging fatigue...The body suffers most from the years of aging and offers but a thin and flat rendition of what surely was something more corpulent...Brown sugar is rampant through the fruit cake chaos, all is covered in yeast, and hops are absent in their flavors and bitterness...8/3/6/2 13/20
(2001 vintage in 2005):
Still headless and murky, but caramel malt is more seductive this time around, as are the very lucid orange rinds and the self-effaced yeast aroma...Molasses stick to the hop bitterness quite cohesively, as an alcohol bite distracts from the prevalent yeast flavor...Still kind of thin for the style, but a very tasty aging experiment...8/3/7/3 14/20
(2002 vintage in 2005):
Plump grapefruit perfume points to a possible change in aromatic hop signature...Candies and their fruity sweetness are elevated by the carbonation which is more energetic than the previous 2...The murky marsh seems to have dissipated as well...Flavors are more subtle than the previous 2, maybe somewhat muted by the carbonation, but the malts are definitely less decadent and the effervescence encourages quaffing...Berries and citrus fruit diversify the experience but cannot override the carbonation...8/3/6/3 14/20
(2003 vintage in early 2004):
Hippomalt with thick raspberry skin exuding slight alcoholic breath...Smooth demeanor, lover of nature (oranges especially) grassy hop harvester, seeks to envelop in its seductive, milky feel...Loves to be used as a heated bed sheet for frigid evenings...8/4/8/4 16/20
(2003 vintage in 2005):
Woody, grass-green hoppiness imparts its resin onto the flowing treacley and honey...A light alcohol tinge warns of its contents...Body is obviously healthier and more suave than its older counterparts, creating my favorite mouthfeel of the 5-vintage tasting...Berries and honeyed malt flavors impress...7/3/7/4 15/20
(2004 vintage in 2005):
Lively carbonation surprises the nostrils and carry in its exuberance some brown rum sweetness and alcohol, as well as some citrus fruit...Effervescence seems to mute the many flavors, which are a lot hoppier, obviously, due to its young age...Indeed, leafy woody hops lay a solid bitterness under the glistening berries, as the bubbles struggle but succeed in regaining their territory...7/4/7/3 14/20
Mega thanks to Warren and Bill for the vertical!!
arkurzynski (1291) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle shared by motortoddhead. Thanks! Hazy brownish red pour. Lovely aged barley wine aroma of lightly oxidized malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and aged hops. Flavor is a sweet caramel, brown sugar sweetness, and mild dark fruit with some alcohol spice to clean out the backend. Some faint, degraded hop bitterness. Semi-slick and coating. Very nice for a 9 year-old beer.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle at Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore. Split with yourefragile and amyliz4. Pours a murky brown. Nose has caramel, brown sugar, raisins, dark fruit, sherry, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor has a bit of residual sugar with backing sherry. Caramel, toffee, bread, brown sugar, raisins, and dates. Medium body and fairly chewy. Has held up fairly well.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004. Deep brown. So it is definitely old, oxidized malt, raisiny. There is a definite soy sauce autolyzed yeast character. I’d say this one is about done at this point in its life.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle shared at the 6th annual Richmond Industry Gathering, 11/27/11. Pours a hazy copper color with nearly no head. Aroma of big toffee malts, stone fruits, cinnamon, spices and some oxidation notes, not surprisingly. Aroma of toffee, raisins, spices and bitter hops. Full bodied. Glad to finally try this.
markwise (4093) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to officerfriendly or the kind soul who shared this at IBrew2or3’s going away. Pours dark cola brown with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, cardboard, barleywine fruit, port, raisins, and some oxidation. Flavor is similar- past its prime, but has retained much of its former awesomeness. Flavor yields raisins, tart dark fruit, port, sherry, and lots of caramel mixed with oxidation. Medium-bodied, and still enjoyable.
GMCC2181 (1479) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle supplied by brother bruce at stateline... 2002 and 2004 bottles, both past their prime but.... Pours a hazy orange...decent head.. weak nose of some aroma old cardboard and malts.... Taste...... the hops are gone... but a malty bomb. Not bad.... as said... just past its prime. Medium body.... ahhhhhh. thanks bruce
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. 2004. Pours amber with a thin head. Sweet malty aroma with toffee and fruit. The flavor has sweet malts, some port-like notes, light fruity notes, toast, and toffee. Pretty good still.
dionysus (1443) - Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to daknole. Bottle pours copper with a khaki head. Aroma shows port-like oxidation with notes of toffee, raisin, vanilla and a touch of earthy hops. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown
sugar, fig, butterscotch, and a light hint of nuts. Glad to be able to try this one, pretty interesting after the age.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Springslicker with a major gem, thanks my friend! Amber pour. Delicious stone fruit, raisins, oxidized but awesome. Flavor is sweet prunes, raisins, caramel, oxidation, fruit...awesome. Love it.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage’ Hazy brown pour with a extremely thin head head. Aroma shows light oxidation, dark fruit and toffee. Flavor follows suite.