Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby-red body, thin off-white head. The aroma opened with strong caramels, prune, and raisin, becoming oaky over a couple minutes. Toasty. Caramel, prunes, and breads dominated the flavor profile, muted woody notes and sulfuric tones were also present. Still carbonated, though a bit soft and past its prime. "Dead yeast and the dirty glass..." Not bad, but I didn’t like this as well as the other raters did.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Argo0 brought this one. Nice stuff. Cloudy tea colored. Nose woody, lots of toffee. Huge caramel flavors, toffee and butterscotch, woody kiss at the end. Deeply sweet, really nice stuff, held up well over time.
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at jeffc666’s Birthday Gathering. Courtesy of argo0. Brown body with millions of minute sediment paticles suspended it in. Small white-ish head. Aroma is big caramel, oak, creamy malt and light toffee. Very sweet aroma. Taste is sweet as well with light chocolate, caramel, wood, and toffee notes. Still great after all these years though. Body is a bit on the thin side but still has a decent carbonation feel and some creamy portions. Finsihes with more sweetness, creamy chocolate, caramel and wood. Very nice!
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice oak undertones with malt and caramel overtones. Evenly balanced and ripe.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark reddish with a tan head (Still nicely carbonated after all these years) Aroma is an intense caramel, soy, and wood. Flavor of caramel hard candies, wood, and butterscotch. Excellent extremely rich beer with a nice woodiness. This is an excellent example of the proper way to use a barrels influence when crafting a beer.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at jeffc666’s B-day gathering 2/6/05: Thanks to Argo0 for bringing this beauty. This was one of my favorites of the night, which says a lot considering what it was up against. The color of this beer transitioned from a cloudy amber orange at the top of the glass to a ruby at the very bottom; small tan head. The aroma smells like calvados to me initially, with a full nose of apple, sweet alcohol, wood, cherry, caramel. Taste is sweet potato, fruits, apple, oak, wood chips, smoked wood, caramel, sweet throughout. Medium bodied. This beer has really aged well, I’d love to get my hands on some more.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at jeffc666’s gathering. Dark amber/light brown with a beige head. Aroma of aged malt, caramel, brown sugar and some whiskey. Tastes like an aged barleywine mixed with a full-bodied brown ale -quite nice. Taste has notes of caramel, dark fruit, some whiskey, wood and oatmeal raisin cookie dough. Full and round on the palate. Nice stuff.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to argo0 for bringing this one ot the party. Very murky brown body topped by a creamy light tan head. Lots of suspended sediment. Huge toffe, buterscotch, caramel nose, an oaky woodiness also comes through as does some light nuttiness. The flavor is very nice caramel, toffee, oak, medium sweet throughout, minimal bitterness. Sweet soft lightly watery medium body. Quite good and it has aged very well.
argo0 (12110) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Creamy beige head atop an opaque brown body with sediment. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee/butterscotch, oak, vinous. Taste is medium sweet, toffee, some caramel, light butterscotch. Finishes with nice oak. Medium body, somewhat watery. Delicious beer that has aged remarkably well -- whatever hops qualities that once existed are long gone, but no complaints whatsoever.
thedm (5135) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 2, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was sediment filled making it very hazy, carbonated and dark brown in color. It had a brown malt mild vinous aroma and a tingly smooth caramel brown beer malty mouth feel. It had a mildy vinous caramel malt brown malt mildly doughy flavor. The mouth feel burns more as it warms up.