ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brewed in 2004. Pours an amber color with an ivory head. Sweet and boozy aroma with caramel and raisin notes. Pretty high carbonation. Brown sugar and caramel flavors with a predominant sherry overtone. Oaky vanilla notes throughout. Finishes very clean and hides the alcohol well. Some cigar notes as it warms.
Fritz123 (1079) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Dan. 2005 vintage. Small snifters at home. Pours a muddy brown with a slight head that lasted 10 seconds. The aroma is heavy malts, toffee, caramel, vanilla, sweet sugars, and oak. The taste was really solid with the malts, caramels, toffees, dark fruits, and cream. Sweet, but not cloying. Finish is slight booze, sweet, and rather dry.
zimbo (593) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2006. Buttery beautiful nose. Beautifully rich. Full sap nose though slightly less full.Raisins. Sherry perhaps makes if a bit drier and a bit more austere.
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle->snifter. Hazy dark copper with small lite tan head that quickly dissipates. A: bready malt, brown, sugar, sherry, oak. T: creamy sherry and caramel malt, dried fruit, candied sugar. Smooth texture. Almost too sweet, but really good overall.
glennmastrange (2311) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy nutty and cookie for the malt, heavy cooked orange for the hops, meaty broth and a hint of mustiness for the yeast, with notes of raisin, dates, toffee, brown sugar and sherry. There’s no head, but has good legs. Color is muddy brown. Flavor starts harshly sweet and finishes the same. Palate beyond full bodied, syrupy in texture and there was no carbonation. Looks like mud, tastes like English toffee. Nice complex Barley Wine.
knickskicks (757) - - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 bottle. Burnt red in appearance, no head. Nose is sherry, burger king burger, ash, sweet malts. Taste is very sweet sherry, a touch of ash, nuts, candi sugar, odd off-putting root vegetable finish. Sticky mouthfeel. Definitely a sipper.
johnnnniee (2404) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2010 shared tonight at the cookout.
Slightly hazy deep brown color with a minimal bubbly off white head. Aromas of caramel and brown sugar with bits of fruity esters and a touch of earthy and sherry. The flavor is rich and sweet with caramel maltiness offset with some fruity vinous notes. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent beer, my first time having the sherry version. I think its either inferior to the regular harvest ale or in a weird aging stage that leaves a bit to be desired before its a stellar brew again. I’m hoping for the later and an opportunity to try this again with some more age.
RussianDragon (505) - - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
9.3 oz bottle is 2007 Vintage. Pours a clear still reddish copper with large amount of sediment. Aroma is booze, port, wood, slight oxidation. Flavor is bold and complex: sweet dark fruit, caramel, toffee, earthy smoked wood, tannins, and a sweet dry finish. Medium to full-bodied, a nice sipper.
Stuu666 (3166) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s tasting, 2005 edition. Sweet and fruity, caramel, raisins.
allmyvinyl (3959) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
275ml bottle from Craig. Pours pale brown, no head. Aromas are nit surprisingly, sherry, boozy. Taste is rich sherry, boozy fruit. Very nice. Best of the ones tried.
BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear mahogany with no head. Aroma of sherry, dried Fruits. Taste of dried fruit, raisins, prune, sherry. Sweet and bitter. Nice.