WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz 2004 vintage with a crap load of hard to get of wax. Pours apple cider like with no head, looks a bit like a weizenbock. Nose has quite a lot caramel and some other notes. Taste is sweet and very caramel rich, and pretty hot for a beer that has been aging for 4 years. Its got some nice qualities, its a big beer overall. With some more time and each sip it gets better. The heat isnít all that bad, but i donít know what to say about this beer. Its got a lot of good qualities, but some strange ones as well.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle (perhaps only vintage?). Pours a remarkably uncannily flat still, nothing moving. Bizarre! Dark reddish copper. not even the slightest suggestion of a head. Sweet oxidized malt. Very malty. Some alcohol. Dusty, sweet, something medicinal. Flat still nothing in the mouthfeel. A tiny bit syrupy, but not quite watery. Sweet vinous malt. Caramel and toast. A bit dusty. A bit alcohol. Fruity. Tiny bit of astringency and sweetness lingering. Not quite terrible, though not typical. More sherry-like. I think this has turned the corner.
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. 2004 vintage. Pours a murky red-amber with a spare diminishing off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel and toffee along with light alcohol, fruit and a hint of wood. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and a good amount of hops. Alcoholís pretty smooth, especially for 11.5%. Medium to full bodied. Very good stuff.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear medium brown with virtually no head.
Complex aroma fo brown sugar, dried fruits, vanilla and alcohol.
The flavor follows the aroma.
Sweet, smooth, full bodied.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle thanks to IMtheOptimator: Pours a still, uncarbonated dark copper mahogany with viscous legs. Complex, sweet malty and sherry-like aroma has pleasant dark fruit notes and reminds me a lot of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. Body starts with a pleasant malty sweetness, well balanced with some dark fruit and toffee flavors with mild butterscotch toward a very warming finish. Carbonation would definitely aid in giving a fuller mouthfeel, although I think this will age well the way it is. Style is more like a cross between an English barleywine and an old ale.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage. mirky orange brown . no head no lacing . A very mild aroma but I have had some heavy hitters before this one . Mild notes of carmel malt brown surgar and a slight doughiness.. Lots of carmel nd rasin in the flavor with a light surgary burn at the finish
garthicus (2471) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarrys bottle, shared with Harry and Blankboy. Watched Harry struggle with the wax for a while. 2004 vintage. Appearance: Light Pomegranate juice colour, zero head. Aroma: Prune, raisin, malt ístickyí, caramel. Nice. Flavour: Malt, caramel, cloves, alcohol, liquorice. Nice indeed.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz, red waxed bottle, acquired in trade with jjpm74 (thanks!). 2004 Vintage. Damn that wax was a pain in the ass to get off. If it wasnít for that piece of tape under the wax, I may have never gotten it off! And how do you think I get rewarded by finally popping the cap? You guessed it, I get sprayed with gushing that spewed out of this bottle.
Poured a deeper amberish/orangish color with a huge sized off white head. Cloudy. Aromas of caramel, toffee, cherries and some other dark fruits, and sherry. Tastes of caramel, toffee, the same lighter dark fruitiness, alcohol, and sherry. Heavier alcohol burn. Man was this one hot.
mabjork (664) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (Thanks to oh6gdx for this one). Hazy dark brown in color. No head. The aroma is sweet and fruity. There is a scent ofalcohol as well. the flavor is sweet and fruity from alcohol, as a whole it can be linked to christmas. The aftertaste is dry and alcohol like.
davey101 (564) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 vintage. Huge thanks to tehzachatak for muling this bottle from the elusive Downtown Davis Square store which seemed to magically unearth this beer r. I have some other bottles with cracked wax and various fill lines, but this had the highest and the wax was all in tact. Speaking of wax, it is insanely brittle and a huge pain to remove. After I sliced my hands and managed to scrape all of it off of the cap I was left with a brown New England Brewing bottle cap and a piece of white/clear tape. So, 12 oz bottle into a 668 tulip.
A - Pours a clear red/purple body. A few bubbles form and a very slight khaki edge forms before popping away. Now Iím left with a still liquor like liquid. Holding it up to the light produces a lovely burnt amber body. A swirl does create a thin alcohol lacing. Looks pretty damn inviting despite not looking like a beer.
S - Raisins, and a whole lot of them!! Just gobs of raisins, caramel, and toffee. A touch of citric hops and fruit cake. Finishes with a bit of spice and a tingling alcohol. Sweet and ever so slightly savory.
T - Raisins, caramel, toffee and a bit of oxidation. Muted and tame. Finishes clean and light with no body to carry flavors through. Alcohol warmth on the end.
M - Spoiler alert: Its dead. Zero life and a body thatís barely clinging onto "medium". Drinks like a port or sherry, but lacks much of an aftertaste to help things out.
O - A long time want of mine fully met. Itís held up well for an 8 year old barleywine. Its certainly not a great beer though. The aroma is burnt raisins muddled in an expired fruit cake and the taste is surprisingly lackluster and light on the finish. This beer has some parallels with Raison Díextra, only its missing the alcohol bite and massive taste that makes that beer so great. Is this worth trading for? Not unless youíre either a die hard NEBCO-fan or you enjoy beers that are way over the hill. I wonder how close this was fresh to the new Premeditated Murder barleywine.