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)
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 thereís licorice in there). Very nice, big beer.
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.
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
Chef Chad (104) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009... I feel that this beer is actually ready now. I felt it was mellow and not hot on the end at all
Smells of malt, sugar, plums, oak, vanilla and carmel. Pours a reddish brown with some head. Fantastic balance and carbonation with a very smooth and pleasant finish. Flavor was intense but mellow at the same time. Some stone fruit tone, plum and raisin, brown sugar some oak and vanilla going on here.. Nice Brew.. I had 2008 and 2007 but never rated them...
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very cloudy coffee color. Maple syrup, basement aromas, apple and toffee. Great finish.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good, very well-rounded brew! Poured a cloudy ruddy orangish color with just a wisp of white head across the top. Nose of fermented sweet fruits, nuts and caramel. Wine-like and sweet that could become over powering were it mot for the balancing bitter that rounds the drink out nicely. Hints of warm alcohol in the finish. Very good.
May get another and let it age a year or two to see how it is.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 vintage. Cloudy reddish brown in color with very thin head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is malty sweet with a hint of toffee and just a slight mustiness. Rich and malty with lots of alcohol. Sharp bitterness that gives a radish-like flavor (thatís a first, never had that before!) just a little bit of roastiness in the finish. Alcohol the predominant flavor, and also thins the body. The radish thing is just weird though.