Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tawney with small ligth brown head. Sweet aroma with hints of alcohol. Malty taste with notes of wood and hints of alcohol and spices.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nutbrown colour with small off white head. Taste is very fruity, complex with some oak and plum. With a nice taste of alcohol. very smooth
MayorQuimby (100) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 Bottle. Pours a mahogony color, tiny white head, a bit hazy, and no lacing on my glass. Aroma is sweet, consisting of honey, caramel, maltiness, some fruitiness like plums, complex though a bit tame. Flavor has a typical one of a barley wine, sweet and malty, a clean ethanol taste, and a hint of hop bitterness in the end. Mouthfeel is a bit weak, though the alcohol taste coats my mouth and leaves a pleasant sensation. Not nearly as impressive as the Old Rasputin. This disappointed me a bit for a barley wine, I was hoping for more given the other North Coast beers that Iíve had.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. This beer is redisb brown with a small tan head. Slow risig carbonation is visable on a closer look. The aroma is forst of alcohol and then earthy with a malt aroma and a definate barley wine character. The sip is a chalky feeling malt with some hints of chocolate and brown sugar along with some considerable hop presence. Alcohol is present, which seems to be playing tag with a malt sweetness, with the alcohol winning the game right before the end of the sip.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My buddy Scott served this to me as a thank you for fixing his screwed-up woodwork. I made out like a bandit...The first thing I told him was, "This tastes like a floor-malted Maris-Otter Malt." He said, "You are an idiot!" I think itís safe to say that we did not have a meeting of the minds.....
BeerTurd (1) - USA - APR 28, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is one kick a@# beer Wee Wee Woop!
Hells yeah, this is full of rum and friuty flavors. My new session beer!
Bumhoolery (1) - USA - APR 27, 2005 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2003 ed. Very pleasant aroma, deep reddish tint, but I just didnít dig this. Not very hoppy, sweet and nutty, but the flavor doesnít come through too strongly through all the alcohol. Not bad, but not worth the price.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - APR 25, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 (on bottle 2004 edit.) On the good side, this beer proves that I still have ground to cover in turms of tastes. This one was too hefty for me, way overmuch. Mahogony color and a small, lasting beige head. Hoppy , very; nose, with notes of wallnuts, earth, chocolate and alcohol- A very powerfull, allmost cognac-ish alcoholic a bit too high carbonation. Finish is lightly burning and with impressions of calvados(me donīt like calvados), wood and chocolates. Way to big and alcohol-flavoured -filled beer for me.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish colour with a small light brown head. Sweet malty aroma with some oak and plum, clear alcohol notes. Nice flavor with a good balance between the fruity sweetness and the alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 Thanks JCapriotti for this one. Vintage 2001. Aroma has sour red grapes, rhubarb, and fermented caramel and butterscotch undertones. Hint of cognac-ness to it. I wish it was stronger in aroma. Very light. Murky mahogany color. Thin non-existent head. Malty and oaken flavor, toasted malts, black raisins, Bing cherries. I donít notice the alcohol at all, which is nice, given itís 11.4%. Flavor is nice given this is supposed to be a moderate % barley wine. Damn, I could use a cigar right now. If it werenít 50 degrees out... Palate leave a sweetness but it goes down smoothly. Well, I broke down after the rating and busted out a Hemingway Short Story to go along with this beer. It matches VERY nicely. 8,4,8,4,16=4.0
2003 sampled in 2009. Pours to a really dark garnet body with a thin ring off-beige head. The body looks viscous with a slow carbonation. The aroma is really caramelized toffee and nougat. Ferraro Rocher candies. Rich complexity. The flavor is a really rich caramelized toffee. Lingering aged hops (no flaws). Notes of cashew brittle and molasses. The palate is rich and coating but doesnít get overly stick and has a nice "chewy" texture. Absolutely amazing!