theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, deep red. A minimal tan head which fades quickly. The aroma is plum, pear, raisin, molasses. Thick, chewy. Winey flavor, raisen stands out. Surprisingly smooth. Sweet, brown sugar, cinammon, cloves, chocolate. Very complex. Some bitterness in the finish but overall underhopped for my taste. Great for sipping after dinner.
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle consumed 3/2006 Ė Very deep warm fruity sweet port-like nose, lots of elements to it: red berries, rhubarb, warmer elements like caramel, too (and a little oxidation); The body is very, very well balanced, full and thick, with great carbonation (the 11,4 % is very well hidden); The finish is a little bitter, quite malty sweet, very big and very long, with fine coffee, berries and milky chocolate. Great Beer!
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good barleywine to finish off a good night of drinking. 03 vintage. Color was very dark brown-red. Aroma of dried dark fruit. Flavor very complex, msany things going on. Cognac, yeast, dried fruit, and strangely jerkey.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. 2004 vintage. Poured an attractive clear deep amber color with foamy off white head. Aroma is enticing...molasses, raisins, alcohol, grape candy, and bourbon. Every now and again I get a whiff of spruce trees. Flavors are similar, but more grape candy and less molasses. Again with the raisins. Warm alcohol, slick and vinous. Carbonation is on the low end. Delicious.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2008 Rerate. revisiting the 2005 vintage. Hazy brown with a small beige head. The aroma has quite a bit going on. Up front is sherry, raisins, scorched caramel, tobacco, crackers, and light spicy hops. Flavor was much the same with some added booze soaked cherries and chocolate sauce. Dry chocolatey finish with bitterness around a 3. Full body with low carbonation. Lovely beer--I canít wait to try the 2005 alongside the barrel aged versions. Old rating follows.12oz bottle 2005. Pours a cloudy amber brown with small tan head. Aroma of raisins, alcohol, sticky pine, and sweet caramel malts. Taste follows aroma pretty well, with a mild bitterness in the finish--midway through the bitterness is stronger but the malts bring it down well. Considering this beer is still "new," it isnít mildly carbonated. Will age well. 8-4-8-4-17--4.1
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2008 2008: Score 3.2- a cold pour produces a two finger head that slowly dissipates to a silky canopy and a fluffy ring. A deep copper amber color spills forth creating aromas sweet and herbal. Full nectar w/ good carbonation creating a soft almost creamy texture. Nice! Fat, decadent, and malt driven w/ pounds of deafening sweet molases and caramel w/ a slight bitter up from a peach pit factor. Stone fruit weigh in heavily w/ not much of anything else but some herbs. The finish is cloyingly sweet.
2007: Score-3.4 / Pours deep dark amber w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is good w/ decent lacing. Aroma is weak and all I detect is fresh pine greens. Full nectar w/ ample mellow yet explosive residual effers. Alcohol right upfront w/ a sweet malty backbone. Not a complex brew at all. Theres the caramel, cherry fruit, peach nectar, and fresh pine. The finish is bittered moderately w/ a peachpit component and leaves a little alcohol on the tongue. Very warming and potent. *****
2006: SCORE 4.1 / Pours deep dark amber w/ a shallow froth. Aromas of sweet malt, aged plumb and cherries. Full nectar w/ ample mellow residual effers. Flavors are strong, rich, and sticky sweet w/ a peach pit bittering. Secondary flavors of brandy, tobacco, oak, black cherry, ripe plumbs, caramel, green apricots, citrus rind, celery, and more. Finish has a lingering bitterness that overcomes previous flavors. Not balanced. Alcohol flavors are present. This one will benefit from aging. Very complex. I see the potential but itís miles away sonny.
2005: SCORE 3.9/ A golden color on the pour with full nectar. Rich, sweet, and creamy. Light in color for itís genre and real easy to drink. Not as complex as Iíd expect from these guyís. Nice ballance and ready to go. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden .
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
LCRBM: Sweet grapefruit and caramel in the nose. Suprisingly plesant and smooth, not offensive. Brown in colour. Sweet yet not cloying. Dry hop finish. Good stuff.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(02.21.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarloís, Mundelein, IL. 11.4 % ABV. 2005 release. Pours clear red with a consistency like light maple syrup. Small white head. Soft carbonation. Caramel, sweet malt, and dried fruity (raisin?) esters on the nose. Full bodied ale that starts with notable malt sweetness and toasted malt/caramel/dried fruit (raisin?) flavors. Smooth with light sharpness (carbonation?) in the mouth. Finishes with light malt fade. Definite alcohol warmth. Very malty and sweet-tasting but not cloying at all. Delicious malty beer thatís suitable as a night cap or as a dessert beer after a meal.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - FEB 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
í04 release...Pours a nice swampy amber color with pretty no head. Aroma is very creamy and sugary...some thick fruity sweetness. Oh...this has something to the taste that Iíve never had in a beer before. There is a lot of sweet malt and fruity flavor...as well as some hop bitterness towards the end. There is a really woody character to this brew and Iíll classify my surprise from above as something to do with this...like a highly finished wood...not quite chemically, but something along those lines. The mouthfeel is very light for its appearance...but it is still intensely creamy...I know I canít explain it. Iíd very much like to try a í03 and an í05 after having this brew.
Tons of carmel.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very clear rusty red with a small tan head. Aroma of malts, nuts, and alcohol - kind of brisk. Not really what I expect for taste, kind of thin, some caramel, nuts, sour, and more alcohol. This was the 2005 vintage, perhaps an aged batch would have suited me better.