monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 bottling; mid-July 2002 tasting notes. Not very exciting. Age did not help; was big and boozy ~ mid-2000. Big alcohol burn and some vanilla notesÖ. why do I keep thinking ďmedicineyĒ? Sure was fun to drink though (ďÖtake your medicineĒ). Oooooffff.
OberonTheifEMT (56) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 vintage. Wonderful mahogny color with little head to speak of. Aroma of dried fruit, undoubtedly due to the heavy malt presence. Perfect level of carbonation. Quite warming indeed. Wonderfully bitter, with an excellent rich malty finish. I bought two of these by accident, though I don't think this will be a mistake I regret
SabreSkull (56) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear ruby copper pour, lacing head. Cream and vanilla malt aroma and flavor. Strong ale with cinnamon, caramel and maple. Hot alcohol and a strong boozy finish. Good stuff.
robbeebobby (55) - newark, Arkansas, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off white head. Aromas of fruit and vanilla are faint but nice. This is warming as it goes down and has a nice amount of carbonation. The taste of booze, vanilla, malts, and some hops all add up very well to make this a great beer.
rjwhite41 (53) - osceola, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. 2012 Vintage so this will be a young tasting. Pours clear dark ruby red mahogany with a one finger off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of fruits pear, a little apple, fresh baked bread, alcohol, caramel, a little grassy and a little woody. Nice complex flavor profile. Starts with your usual prune and raisin combo, moves through to fresh ripe green fruit, some caramel sweetness and some breadiness. The alcohol is very apparent but not necessarily in a bad way. The finish lingers for ages and coats your mouth like a syrup. It doesnít feel overly syrupy when drinking but it is apparent in the aftertaste. Thereís a bitterness to balance it all out. Seems less hoppy than a young Bigfoot, at least on the nose, and seems more true to the style to me. Very tasty beer. Now I need to cellar some!
hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thin head but amazing aroma like someone baking a pie - but itís beer! the color is cloudy caramel amber.
Mouth feel is not as full as you might expect from an 11.7 ABV, but you really donít taste the alcohol. It tastes alot like a dubbel. You get that belgian wiff in the aroma and after taste bitter. You get alot of caramel malt balanced with a grassy dry bitter.
Itís a unique Barley wine and itís very good. I like it better than the Old Rasputin.
Fungrim (52) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2010. Dark, clear red color with small head. Lovely look to this one! Caramel sweetness and bready malt in the nose. Some dried fruit and wooden touch as well. The taste is well balanced sweet malt with hints of vanilla, some raisins, plums and distant rumbling bitterness. Medium and oily body with light carbonation. Light bitterness in a long finish. A cracker beer for cold nights in front of a fire. Good stuff!
buttslamify (52) - - OCT 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Interesting, you can definitly smell the grapes, cherries and even a sort of cognac smell (barrell?), but there is also a bit of a metallic smell, could just be my glass though, but Iíve never smelled it before. Appearance: A brownish/red color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly, but laces nicely on the glass. Taste: Granted Iím particularly biased towards Barley Wines, they are my favorites, but this seems delicious. Itís like Iím drinking decadence, cherries, grapes, other fruit, sugar, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla. Excellent flavor. Palate: Smooth, with almost no carbonation but a nice silky feeling going down. Overall: Again, Iím particularly biased towards barley wine, but this is really good, highly recommend.
Trappistenbier (51) - BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My tastebuds are well surprised this time. This is top-quality beer and it comes from the States. The creamy foam head which appeared instantly when pouring out is from a very rare one and stayed longer than I would expect from an American beer. Nipping the beer shocked me in the way that I was just drinking some kind of siropy liquid. Such a dense mouthfeeling. Incredible. This is cough-sirup and a real treat. First thing I noticed when I taste was a kind of liquorice taste. Sweet malty, alkoholic (11.5%!!!), a total lack of carbonation which was really not a shame, nice balanced hops and before I noticed my glass was already empty leaving some kind of dark sirupy film in the glass. I already had the marvelous Old rasputin Imperial Stout from the same brewery, but Jezus, this is pure magic !!!!!!!
mattd017 (51) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005. Pours a deep red brown with a small off white head that disappears quickly, little to no lacing remaining. Smells sweet. Tastes slightly hoppy, with definite alcohol present. Not a regular in my book, but no barleywine is...