hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 2007 vintage 12oz bottle at Mad Anthony in Warsaw, IN.
Appearance: Pours a light caramel brown with very thin head.
Aroma: Lots of caramel with, sweet malt, and some alcohol.
Taste: Very sweet with hints of caramel, sweet bread, and some faint earthy hops.
Palate: Nice full body, kind of sticky on the tongue with nice carbonation.
Overall: I’ve never been overly impressed with Mad Anthony brews, but this one was excellent. Lots of depth and complexity that’s missing in most of their brews. I would definitely drink this again.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 This vintage brew was carefully preserve and tended to for 5 years before being release as a special treat to loyal Mad Anthony customers. As a limited release it is no longer available until maybe next year if Todd still has some around, which he is not saying at this time. It is truely an exceptional brew. Into a snifter it was poured forming a small sized head of tan colored fine to medium sized mostly diminishing bubbles with an orange tint. The head quickly diminished to fully diminished leavbing behind a semi-transparent uncarbonated dark orange brown colored body and a thin oily lacing. It had a nice vinous malt hop aroma. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a deep hoopy flavored aftertase that soon mellowed into a delightful smooth hoop flavor. The aftertase was all barley wine and the aging had done it wonders for its smoothness. The flavor contained notes of mild mellow vinous hops with a good hoopy note worthy of a wonderful brew. Its strong alcohol content, I am guessing at around 10%, was not biting or too hoppy. Truely a great work Todd. I was very fortunate to be able to get this rare sample!
2012 Update on 2006 Barley Wine. This year the beer was once again made available at the brewery. This bottled brew poured a small sized head of frothy clear colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a uncarbonated transparent dark copper colored body and a oily lacing. The weak aroma was vinous and hoppy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of vinous hops and malt.