mike4aker (27) - USA - JAN 6, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish-brown- very strong alcohol aroma. Rich flavor with a very malty finish. Surprisingly easy to drink for such a high-gravity beer.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2004 bottle: Pours a transparent mahogany color with a thin layer of beige colored head. Aroma has faded from what i imagine it smelt like during its release in 2004 but a decent amount of malt still remains along with notes of raisin, chocolate, and fig. A surprising palate that still feels sticky and alive with carbonation. The flavor is still strong with huge malt backbone and melted caramel in addition. Flavor also shows sign of chocolate and raisin perfectly combined together exactly like Nestle does it with their Big Chunk. Also find a a light syrup of some kind that im unable to defne. Aftertaste is both a sweet and rich finish that iím sure i will remember for a long time to come or to be remembered if i find a 2005 Old Stock 2005 edition.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2006
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer extends an aroma of prunes and spoiled citrus fruit with a hint of molasses in the background. This beer is a cloudy cinnamon color with no head being offered. It comes forth thick and strong with the high alcohol content very detectable. The taste consists of prunes, dates, and nuts. It is bitter, especially in the aftertaste. This beer has a good feel on the tongue but needs some work on the taste.
GregClow (3157) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Premier Gourmet, Buffalo. 2004 vintage. Pours a beautiful deep copper with a big off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) and warm alcohol. Sweet, rich flavour of molasses & caramel, some raisin notes, and a warm, lingering, nicely hopped finish. Really nice stuff - my only complaint is that the alcohol is a bit overpowering in the finish, but otherwise, this is one of the better barley wines Iíve had.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Bottle. Pours cloudy reddish brown. White fizzy diminishing head. Aroma of raisin, plum, hops, and some alcohol. Sweet malt dominates the start, with notes of maple, caramel, and vanilla. Finishes dry, bitter, and boozy...thanks to the alcohol. The alcohol warms all the way down the windpipe. Just a tad bit too much alcohol going on, although I am sure some raters will like it. Overall, a very decent beer that I would visit again. Itís just a hair shy of having the complexity of a top fifty.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2016 Pours a hazy reddish brown. Aromas of hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a citrus taste.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 Vintage: The color of melted caramel, "Sugar Daddies" candies to be exact. Great nose, sweet with cherries, caramel, what seems to be a good helping of Aventinus extract ;-) , barrel-aged bourbon and even a sprig of fresh mint! Nice...Very "leggy" on the sides of the glass. After 10 minutes of admiriing this beer and burrying my schnozola deep in the glass, I guess itís time to taste it.....Thick, sweet, strong caramel up front, herbaceous hops in the middle and a warming, smooth alcohol follow. A nice winter sipper. The perfect beer for this cold snowy night, thank you Santa FooFaa!
hershiser2 (2017) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage purchased at Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville for $2.90 (12-oz single). Pours a brown with almost an olive green tinge to it. Tiny head. Dust and alcohol aroma. Rich flavor, full of alcohol- bittersweet and tangy. A pleasant dark fruitiness mixed in with some chocolates finishes this one off. Wow. This is tasty.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 2010-07-12. Dark brown body with a modest tan head that fades. 3+ Modest alcohol starts off the aroma, lightly fruity, dark fruit, caramel, touch of oxidation. Flavour is richly malty and fruity, light bitterness and moderate alcohol dry it out somewhat. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty solid, and grows on me more as it goes on. I think this ma be a bit older than optimal, perhaps the ideal is somewhere between a year and multiple years. 7+/3+/8/4/15 - 3.6 2006 vintage, courtesy of HogTownHarry
2005-12-XX. Hazy orange tinged dark brown body, with a small beige head. Boozey malt and hops dominate aroma with a touch of caramel and whisps of vanilla. Flavour starts out with lots of malt up front, some caramel, quickly giving way to dry alcohol and accents of hoppy bitterness. Some fleeting glimpses of fig or date like fruitiness awash in a boozey current. The initial finish contains all the best elements of this brew, well rounded caramel malt but does not last long into the aftertaste. Medium palate. Nice beer that misses the mark a bit because the alcohol dominates too much. Thanks for sharing this bottle Harry. 6/3/8/4/14 - 3.5 2004 Vintage
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - DEC 23, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
all i can say is very very tasty yet powerful >>>>>>>>>>>>&g