jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Beautiful auburn in the glass with a bit of tan head. Slight aromas of caramel and whisky, with the addition of Fuggles hops and a deep plummy fruit nose. Vinuous and bracing, with a light enough palate that belies the smack of alcohol. The flavors in this beer are complexly laid down, and the whisky, vanilla oak, and fermented apricot hop profile will only improve with age.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Pours a murky deep amber almost light brown with a thin head despite a medium carbonation. Aroma is a little dirty- lots of yeast and fruits along with some sweet caramel malts. Aroma also has some cherry cough medicine to it. Flavor is a little smokey especially when cool but then more malt and fruit comes as it warms. Some alcohol burn and a thick scotch-like presence all the way through. A medium to strong hop bitterness in the end. I expected more from this. Still a little harsh for me even after aging a couple years. Needs more aging.
mephisto (1285) - TAIWAN - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004, golden color w/ almost no head. monsterous hoppy aroma w/ hint of caramel and toffee. very hoppy and malty, a thick thick beer. tasty.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong hoppy aroma. Also vinous notes and some carmel. Pours a nice copper brown, minimal head. Strong alcohol and sweet flavours typical of the style. Date is unknown as it is not listed on the bottle but Iím assuming its this years vintage. Alcohol warming in your gullet and a nice wallop as the alcohol hits the system. i would be interested in trying some aged versions.
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 bottle. Pours a deep auburn color. Smells of fermented fruit, figs, alcohol, some hops. Tastes rather sweet and fruity for such a high alcohol beer. Rather enjoyable and warming. A cloying mouthfeel that left a little burn on the tounge.
Zeswaft (1614) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. I donít know if it is because this was sitting on a shelf since 2003 or it is just its taste but it is kinda gross. It seems to me that there are 2 kinds of barley wines: the hoppy ones and these weird poison tasting ones. This one has a sort of burt vanilla and rotted ginger flavor. Where are the hops? too much alcohol in the taste.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. 2004. copper-mahogany body with a rich off-white head. very decadent aroma - sweet caramel, yeast, sugar, wood, and earth. body is heavily malt-accented, notes of caramel leading in to a bitter chocolate finish. warm alcohol throughout. nice.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2004. Very powerful flavor. Heavy mouthfeel. Very full and rounded. A pleasure!
jrob21 (3366) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
agree it is better than the rasputin. more complex. balanced sweet caramel taste with just the right amount of hops and some alcohol present.
CamdenD (1177) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 12, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2007 On Tap -- wonderfully smooth beer for 11.4%. Didnít even realize that was its level. Itís a barleywine and itís good.
2003 edition (drank 12/28/2005) very smooth and mellow. Little carbonation if any at all really. Deep mohagany/hazy look. Hops do not surface as much as what I remembered on tap. Long caramel palate. Not sure if itís any better after 2+ years, but itís still good. (8/5/8/5/16=4.2)
2007 Edition: drank new, aroma perhaps a bit less pungent (good), but still worth an "8", but this is just such a classy ale, and to me the finest barleywine Iíve had. Big caramel and soft alcoholic tones to the 2007 already. Buy up.