mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2004 12 oz bottle from berkeley calif: Pours with virtualy no head at all. Aroma of berries and vanilla. no distinct characteristics except for the fruity smell. The alcohol is masked so well in the taste. Tastes like it smells, very vanilla laced. Macharoons. as well as coconut lacing. Goes down smooth, heavy on the aftertaste, but laced with good malt. overall, much different than a lot of other barley wines, not very hoppy, but the taste is magnifient...
Ungstrup (29954) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Vintage 2002] A red beer with no head. Both the flavor and aroma is sweet and dominated by cowberries.
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 7, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004. I am officially an over rater. Sorry. Never trust me. First off this brew is 11.4 percent. How could it be bad? When you open the bottle it smells like you just walked into an old travelling medicine show from the wild west. Room and nostrils fils with the cakey sweet aroma of cough syrup, prunes and sweet sweet lovin’!!! Pour. Comes out like it was medicine for Ebola. Thick and runny on the glass. ZERO HEAD!!!! Which with a beer like this means no pretensions...she’s an honest gal. As I stab it with my nose I am overwhelmed with lust for this brew. I can smell the thickness. Press it to my mouth and my pants go crazy. Tatses of plums and raisins. Nyquil and vodka. Ohh I love you old stock. Tell me what to do and I as your slave will do it. Aftertaste lingers like feelings for your ex. Great brew...deep rich and not for the faint of heart.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage. Dark amber/brown coloured. Fruity and malty aroma. Sweet, malty and fruity flavour. Very smooth and round mouthfeel.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle pours a nice rich mahogany with a quickly diminishing head virtually no lacing malt aroma and taste nice alcohol. enjoyed this beer and I agree with bov rating
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Russet coloured with a complex aroma of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and alcohol. Very sweet taste and lots of alcohol, quite a lot of balancing bitterness with some leathery caramel notes but too much tongue-burning alcohol and a strange flabby caramel sweetness. If this was 8% it would be very good indeed, but there’s just too much alcohol for the beer to carry it off. (Bottle from Alex Hall, NYC)
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber clear with a small short lasting beige head. Deep burnt caramel and roast malt aroma with faint alcohol coming through as it warms. Smooth luscious body. Medium sweetness roast malt with a hint of smoked character at the start. Softer sweeter middle and finish with hop bitternes lingering nicely into the aftertaste. Alcohol extremely well masked.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small tan head. Brown, with some reddish colr, clear appearance. Vinuous aroma with strong malt and aroma character. Malty. Flavor is good, strong malty, caramel. Aftertaste has strong alcohol burn.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown in colour with a medium sized lingering head. Nose is alcohol, anise and candied fruit. Flavour is same only more bitter than expected with a slightly metallic character to the finish. Quite good.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber with a medium brown head that is medium lasting. The nose is sweet but some lager funk in the nose. The taste is very rusty up front and very malty. So sweet and great, however the rust is too much for me. finish is acidic and metallic.