lweiberg (108) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty excellent, hints of bourbon and packs plenty o’ buzz. Quite different from the Victory and Sierra Nevada barleywines. Feels a tad hollow but satisfying nonetheless.
climberbob (108) - Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz 2012 vintage. Sweet toffee and caramel on the nose. Almost no head, dark velvety beer. A sweet beer with hints of raisin and brown sugar. Quite a tasty beer if you like the strong sweet Belgian style, though I think it has nothing much at all in common with a stout (in contrast to the commercial descriptions’ claim).
Sparf (106) - Östersund, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinös doft som drar åt melass, soja, torkade plommon och en sötaktig honungston. Även lite kemisk schampoton förnimms.
En stor, söt smak med inslag av banan och malt. Känner också toner av belgisk jäst och aning bränt socker. Ingen humle alls.
Mahognyfärg med ett snabbt försvinnande, läskartat skum.
Riktigt bra munkänsla och en fyllighet som höjer känslan.
Precis när man sväljer ringer whiskytoner medan den korta eftersmaken är torvaktig, lätt rökig och torr med viss elegans.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2003 vintage. Deep amber with thin beige head, sweet honeyed aroma with some cooked veggies. Flavor rather ordinary some caramel and almonds with a hot finish. Average to just below average barley wine (IMHO)
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
*did not mind, would not buy this year*
smell: spiced rum! sweet malts, caramel.
app: ruby garnet lovely magic!
flavor: nice sweet, yummy, but a bit harsh, some chemical in the booze flavor. this is more enjoyable than drinking a rum and a bit more smooth. and full. but it is on par with strength of a rum. like most booze the more you sip the less it hurts and the flavor starts to poke out. this year all n all is a bit harsh for me, i wish it was listed as a different beer.. oh well.
palate: fine, it lacks luxury.
OA: great beer usually, needs lots of age.. which is annoying. this year is not my favorite.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2000 - Deep ruby, almost brown in color with a solid cream head which leaves a thin Brussels lace. Intense aromas of caramel, dark fruit and sherry. Very port-like in flavor with a rich sweet malty taste and a well rounded bitterness. An extremely soft and rounded palate. The alcohol is cloaked very well but shows some presence in the finish. Intense.
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured dark reddish-brown. Very hoppy aroma with undercurrents of sweet spices and malt. Tastes great. Hops and a huge dose of barley and spices (I agree that there’s licorice in there). Very nice, big beer.
cernjoh (105) - Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2014 bottle poured into a snifter. Aroma was somewhat boozy. Appearance was a clear red amber with a very small light tan head that rapidly vanished. Taste was fairly boozy with dark fruits, prunes, raisins, plums. Palate was excellent. This beer is definitely a sipper and can use some age. I have multiple years of this beer and they can be aged a number of years with great results. I highly recommend setting some aside.
Snoop59 (105) - Penn Run, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2010 vintage. 12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Appearance is an opaque amber-brown color with a foamy tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Minimal to no lacing. Big, malty aroma. Sweet, caramel, molasses, raisins, and slight alcohol. Taste is a bold, malty sweetness of caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Nice grassy hop flavor in the finish. Mildly warming. Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Short, sweet finish.
GTCruiser01 (105) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red, dark amber with a thin off-white head that melts away quickly. The aroma is quite strong - nuttiness, sweet fruit, alcohol, and even an extremely sweet red licorice aroma are all present. Flavor is a bit strong on the alcohol, maltiness present but somewhat overtaken. There is little bitterness - just a hint of hops - very nicely balan