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.
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.
demondeacon09 (52) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle poured into a snifter. Medium off-white head that dissipates quickly. Malty aroma with hint of earth and hay and raisin. Wish the aroma was a bit stronger. Light orange-brown color. Hazy. Tastes like a barleywine - very malty with a slight bitter hop finish; sweet. Pretty smooth for 11.7 abv. Iím glad that I tried this beer, but itís far from my favorite.
Trappistenbier (52) - 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...
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 vintage. I enjoyed this one for almost an hour. A beautiful color to this one with no foam on top. A malty aroma with tons of other sweetnesses and dried fruits. Finishes dry with some slight bitterness to it. As it warms, it is less heavy. Highly Enjoyable.
AvantAle (50) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage 2004 bottle. Smells SEXY! Fig, brandy, malt, alcohol, honey, Pine and something halfway between almond and hazelnut. Deep amber hue, with almost 0 head except a perfect ring that clings tenaciously to the glass. The taste is exactly the ame as the smell and that is a wonderful thing. It made my cigarette afterward taste better. Full bodied and warm and creamy and happy and satisfying! I really needed all of those "ands". Itís that good!
lillunken (50) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Flaska frŚn 2012 frŚn systembolaget. Underbar doft av dadlar, fikon och russin. Liknande smak med lite všrmande alkohol i bakgrunden. Mycket god!
ironprog (49) - - JAN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. 2012 edition. Pours a cloudy, deep amber, with an off-white, tight head that dissipates moderately. Aromas of milk-chocolate, caramel, fruit (maybe fig?), and vanilla. Taste is sweet with flavors of caramel, vanilla, and just a hint of black-cherry. Full-bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is smooth and sweet. Overall, I really like this beer. Although, as it warms up it gets sweeter. By the time it reaches room temperature it is almost cloyingly sweet. However, straight out of the fridge is a little too cold and you donít get all the subtleties. So i suggest letting it warm up for 5 minutes before indulging.
dannyboydwp (48) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2003 - Perhaps I had a bad Bottle, but this beer reaked and tasted of Alcohol. The color was a cherry red. A slight hoppy taste. But, everything was overpowered by the alcohol.