cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/21/04. On draft at Toronado Barley Wine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/21/04. 2002 Vintage. Pours a red-amber color with lumpy, very rocky, off-white head that dissipates. Lacing is chunky and scatters. Floral pine aroma, hopped to the max almost like a double IPA. Flavor is of dead IPA hops, falling off into a flat and sort of boring mess. Sort of a veiled, buttery malt action in there as well, but there’s not enough. Full body, flat. Very soft, creamy texture, but all the action is gone. Very cool and silky sensation in the mouth. Very nice feel. I just wish it tasted better.
madsberg (11369) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled Vintage 2001: Dark amber coloured. Unclear. LIght brown dense head. Sweet, alcahol, some roastyness and caramel in the nose. Is very alcaholic in the flavour. Sweet and malty with chocolate notes. Some fruit notes present. Ends with a slightly bitterness and a overwhelming alcahol burnt on the palate. Quite nice.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2004 2003. Aroma is of caramel, cinnamon, and roasted malt/coffee. Flavor of soft but predominate caramel, roasted malt, coffee, a slight bit of bittersweet chocolate. Excellent malty barlywine. The sweet malt profile is just barely balanced by a slight hoppiness which ties to poke through the malt and leaves a slight cinnamony spiceyness. Alcohol is just bearly noticable on the finish, I would never guess it was over 9%. Very well used and hidden alcohol.
Very nice palate for a barleywine riding the line between normal and syrupy it holds up but is not unpleasently thick. Excellent barleywine.
Nate (4186) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 vintage at Akkurat. Wonderful nose. Twizzler, oak, vanilla, sugar, prune, toast, roasted malt. Before yeast, ruby red-brown clear with lacing off-white thin head. Thick oily body with silky carbonation. Starts sweet, mellow and malty. A myriad of flavor, vanilla, oak, prune, caramelized sugar. Finish is smooth, vinuous, fine port, oak. Alcohol warming (11.2%) and velvet. This is a great barly wine. Sweet after, mellow and ethereal.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 - Bright mahogany color with a finger high firm head of pumpkin insides hue, lots of good lacing in sheets and thick webbings.
Aroma is a whole lotta caramelized malt action which ensues with a pretty juicy and strong waft with a bit of alcoholic heat enriched within the malts. Its coming across more like a dopplebock. Malty rich with caramel for sure. Semi sweet, ripe and dark fruit notes of raisins soaked in cherry sauce and drizzled in toffee.
Flavors repeat the nose perfectly I think,....lots of caramel; smooth, dark, rich, thick, chewy caramelized malty goodness. Very round and full of malts. Chewy dark breads and dark fruits of cherry, fig, and raisin make for some slight mixing and are noticeable more closer to the finish. Hops still seem pretty juicy too with a slight fruity sense and oily resin but extremely tame on bitterness. The malts dominate here and by a good measure. Some slight alcoholic singes interweave within the caramel and help keep a slight burning or toasty warming aspect among the bigger gulps.
And gulping is what will happen with this tasty, full bugger, as it is quite laxed, full, creamy, and smooth with just the right warmth of alcohol. Upon first sipping this massively yummy concoction there is now way this has 11.4%, ahhh...but it does, so watch out. Nearly as good as my fav Bell’s Third Coast...this stuff is great when fresher, aging this stuff I’ve found it mellows to much so... it changes by quite a bit.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2005 Bottle @ Akkurat, Stockholm
Woa!! 2001 vintage. So full of complexxity. Velvet cotton vanilla texture. Odd but spot on. Cost me a fortune $25, about. Almost worth the price. All you can expect and then some. A worthy #100 @ RB.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2002. Wow what can I say. Great beer after a crappy day at work. Nice apple aroma flows from this hazy brown body. The taste is sweet with a stout bitterness along for the ride. My only knock is that I can actually taste the CH3OH.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2002. Like a Belgian strong! Super sweet, chewy mouthfeel, spilling over with decadent fruitcake flavor. Raisins, ginger, luscious yeasty dough play rolly-polly on my tongue. Alcohol perfectly complements. Hops do not overwhelm. This stuff is kick-ass. Thank you Eyedrinkale! And thank you Wunder for that bottle that is sitting my fridge, crying drink me! drink me!
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. phenomenal aroma of sweet and sour. licorice and raisins balanced with bitter hops. deep garnet color complex flavor of mostly caramel, hops, and alcohol. finishes very clean with a superb balance. very good beer!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2002 Dark Amber Coloring. Small Head. Smells Like a Barley Wine....Smells like Ass-Kicking!