apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with tan head. Very strong alcoholic malty aroma. Tastes of more malt and caramel with, vanilla, dark fruit, and a little chocolate with a nice balanced finish. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. This is an excellent, complex brew.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
06 bottle- Nice warming beer, great sipper for winter. Poured red-brown with light brown head. I get carmel, maple, and alcohol out of this one. Solid beer had to drink it before the bourbon barrel just to see the difference. This version of old stock seems empty after drinking the BB version. The body seemed to thin for me. The finish is all alcohol too.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle. Pours cranberry with small head that quickly fades leaving little lace. Nose of candy apple, oak, cherry and caramel. Taste of bourbon, caramel, and a hint of lime on the finish. I will pick up a few more to cellar for this can only improve as it mellowa with age. A very full mouthfeel and a long hot finish.
PalCabral (145) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2014 Rating 2014: Pours reddish brown without head, making the beer look like a glass of berry juice once it has settled. Not a stunning beer to look at. The aroma reminds me of fortfied wine, thereís that touch of alcohol, but also of fruit cake and some smoke. In fact, the most similar beers I could think of are strong scottish ales where the yeast imparts a slightly smoky scent. The beer taste goes along with previous years, the yeast imposes itself with the alcohol, providing tastes of dried fruit, then comes the balancing bitterness. Itís still quite a full beer. Not as good as previous years, IMHO - donít know why. I have saved a bottle of each year since 2009. I will give review of the years in a later review. Itís a good beer.
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of malt, toffe and cherrys. The apperance is nicly red with a medium head. Tha flavor is of toffe and is bitter and sweet at the same time. The beer has overall a bit to weak aroma and the alcohol i shining threw but is still a very good beer.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.. nose is fruity withl oads of malts and hops, Thick cloudy dark amber with a little head. Warming alch. presence but well rounded. Awesome brew.
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle. Pours dark amber with a thin brown, quickly dissipating head. Very sweet, caramel and brown sugar aroma with a strong smell of plum jelly and black cherry. Taste is like a cross between a beer and a fine sweet red wine. Tastes of raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, with brilliant grassy and floral hopes notes and an oaky, earthy taste as well. Suberb balance between the malt and hops with a great spicy quality. It feels perfect in the mouth too. Velvety smooth, creamy, and goes down warm. An excellent beer that I will definitely have again.
bboeckl (142) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2009 2005 Bottle. Poured a medium-dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Heavy, syrupy mouthfeel. Taste was of brandy, caramel candy, malt, some dark chocolate, plum, and raisin. Both a sweet and a bitter. A complex beer, much more to be savored on a cold winter night. Tuck íer away in the cellar, and I can only imagine MORE complexity. $10 for a four pack of 12 oz. Probably worth double! Enjoy!!!
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008, 12oz bottle, new label. Pours hazy dark reddish brown, thin head, low carbonation. Alcohol taste not readily apparent. Less sweet more hops than some barley wines. I’m enjoying this.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage. Pours a murky brown with a very thin head. Aroma is of concord grapes, caramel malts. Flavor is sweet caramel, boozy, slight grape. Finish is toffee and rich