SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2004 Bottle. Pours a dark red like brandy with minimal off white head. Little to no nose, some nuttiness, small amount of alcohol. Small hints of caramel, brandy with a warm alcohol feel. Possibly needs alot more aging.
marcus (8615) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled in 2001. This strong winter ale poured with virtually no head, eliciting a malty aroma. This is a sippiing beer. The flavor is sweet and a bit fruity, with a very thick palate. This aged beer is much more mellow than the fresh bottle I consumed a few days ago. It turned out to be a good idea to store some of this for a while.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2006 (Bottle 35,5 cl) Dark brown with a ruby-red hue. Nice ligh tbrown head that collapses rather quickly though. Clear and filtered. Dry, vinous nose. Complex, full notes of dried fruit and an oaky, wooden touch. Some sweetness with a dry, bitter finish - but far from the extreme. Incredibly solid and chewy beer - the kind you can enjoy sip by sip for hours almost. A lovely Barley Wine. 060605
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber colour, yellow head. Exotic fruits nose. Yeasty flavour with hints of plum and peach. Fruity. Medium bodied.
Small notes of cherry in finish.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oooooh. I will not do this brew justice.
Pours a hazy orangey-brown witha a thin tan head. Head dissipates to nothing and I mean nothing. No lace either. Smell is fruity and rich, molasses malt. Cherries and fig evident. Some vinuous smells.
Rich warming malt. Fruitiness of cherry, apple, and grapes. Cinamon and light nutmeg. A persistent rounded hoppiness underneath. Just so thick and chewy and tasty. Full bodied and a sweet molassess sticky aftertaste. Oh, so smooth and oh so good. Can’t believe I waited so long to try this one. Really smooth for 11% ABV. A masterpiece.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
VINTAGE 2003. Couleur ambrée aux reflets rouge rubis, mousse beige foncée pleinement diminuante. Sa signature de houblon rappelle la feuille de laurier tout en demeurant herbal. Sucré en bouche sur quelques notes herbales semblant provenir de ce même houblon présent en arôme. Très alcoolique sur toute la ligne, rappelant ainsi le brandy.
Boutip (5583) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle drank in 2004: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a small dark beige head with limited retention. Aroma of dried sweet fruit with some floral hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sweet reminiscent of figs and dates with a full body and limited carbonation. Great barley wine, probably one of the best beer from North Coast that I had the chance to sample.
MiP (14738) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Hoppy aroma. Nice, peppery, malty flavour with some bonbon. Dark chestnut colour. Good body.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2004; Aroma is sweet candy and flavor is sweet also. Reminds me of deer hunting a while a go with anis candy and a swig of Ginger Brandy to warm up on those cold Nov. days. Nice aroma and alcohol is Kickin’ ass with this one. Good thing I’m not driving. Drink responsibly with this one please.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle. Deep reddish brown color with not much head; many high-alcohol beers lack this quality so I won’t hold it against them. Aroma is quite malty with Middle Eastern fruit elements such as fig and date. There is a bit of hops in the finish. Flavor is ok, but perhaps a beer of this type should be given a chance as an uncarbonated brew and classified as an Old Ale. As it stands, it’s ok for a barleywine but at this high alcohol level the carbonation is somewhat cloying and tends to bring alcohol to the fore.