kchampagne (56) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Purchased a bottle from Redlight Redlight’s vintage bottle list. My particular bottle was a 1999 vintage. The aroma was very malty and sweet. The appearance was dark brown with very little head. Taste was amazingly complex. The closest and simplest way to describe it was sweet caramel. Overall an amazing beer that I am glad I tried.
wilnatp (506) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2010 vintage bottle. Opened and tasted 2/10/14 with the 2011 anniversary edition. This was leaps and bounds better except for the appearance. Pour was cloudy orange/brown with LOTS of sediment. Hardly any head at all. Aroma of brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin, caramel. Taste started sweet and transitioned to tart. Mouth-feel was buttery/oily and full with a lively subtle carbonation. Awesome beer. Both this and the anniversary edition have 11.5 ABV but it was a lot less perceivable in this brew.
deyholla (5841) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Sarah! Pours a cloudy brownish gold with no head whatsoever. Aroma has a strong dough note with a good amount of caramel and toffee. Flavor has lots of caramel and toffee notes with some earthiness with a bit of peat coming out in the finish.
gendv138 (226) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From notes (12/30/2013). Bottle (Vintage 2000) poured into a snifter. Pours a dark caramel brown color with not much of a head, just an off-white ring around the glass. Big raisins, caramel/brown sugar, warm dry finish, very rich. Very malt forward with minimal carbonation at this point. With how long this has been aging, the booze is well hidden at 11.5%
jw0406 (643) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 vintage pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. Aromas of dark fruit, vanilla, sweet malt. Full bodied, complex, great on a cold night
harrymel (1432) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A: Pours a deep chestnut brown with reddened hues. Little to no head formation. Scant foam formation. Rimmed edge with burnt cream. Lacing scant. Clarity is near excellent. Flecks of yeast in suspension.
S: Waffles with maple syrup, real maple syrup. Brown sugar, malt. The smell is quite sweet. Evident plums, dark fruits, nuances of hazelnut and praline.
T: Toasted graham, mallows, oral sex - this is that good. Dry, bready malt tones with exceptional weaving of the, once again, waffles with (real) maple syrup. Outstanding. My wife is next to me and I don’t really want to share. Oh yeah, praline and nougats.
M: medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. I’ve likely shaken all the carb out of this. Slicks and numbs my palate - resonating the flavors.
D: If I had another one in the fridge, I would be getting ready to pour it into another glass so it was the right temp when I moved onto it.
Serving type: bottle
BillWyce (655) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: 11/2012 cellar release, 1 year old. Poured hazy orange-amber with a thin, 1/2 finger white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma is malty sweet with a leathery note. Full body, with a syrupy thickness and a lingering astringency in the finish. Very sweet malt flavor, with a bit of a medicinal note. Gives way to a lingering note of buttery leather that lingers in the finish. Further aging might tame the sweetness a bit.
Bif (1251) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewed in 2010. Pours a dark amber color, hazy with no head. Aroma of dark fruit, sherry, vanilla and spices. Taste of dark fruity sweetness, caramel with a bit of malt in the background. Distinct bitterness and a bit sticky, syrupy finish. Medium body, smooth with flavors becoming more intense as it warms. Nicely balanced with the 11.5% ABV very well hidden throughout. Very enjoyable barley wine. Nice sipper on a cold winter evening.
joeneugs (2763) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just found some old notes on this one… 2001 vintage tasted in 2011. It pours a brown/amber color with no head. The aroma has a lot of port, honey, sherry, maple syrup, plums, raisins and vanilla. The flavor is thick with sherry, plums, prunes, maple syrup and honey. Syrupy mouthfeel, but super rich and tasty. Overall score 4.2
2006 vintage also tasted in 2011. It pours an orange color with light bubbles. Noticeably lighter that the 2001. The aroma has some orange fruit, raisins, honey and brown sugar. More fruity that the 2001, with sweaty caramel notes. The flavor is a bit oxidized with super sweet honey, caramel, almonds, oranges, raisins and port. Overall score 3.9
DSG (4918) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. 2012 bottle. Autumn Limited Edition. Hazy amber. Big malty aroma, caramelly, vinous, with some sherry, some fruitiness and cookies,. Sweet flavor, malty, caramelly, cookie-ish, with fruitiness and sherry, a bit alcoholic. Medium to full-bodied, quite rounded. Really good stuff.
zvikar (2567) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub Florentin. Autumn Limited Edition. Pours orange clear with a small head, aroma of fruits, toffee, wood, fresh fruits, dried fruits, cherry and vanilla, flavor of soy sauce, fruits, wood, sweetness, cherry, port, nice bitterness, tasty, full bodied