Oakes (13303) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, with little head and a mild carbonation; Aroma like cognac, although a few of us were tasting this and arguing over which kind of spirit we were smelling. Smooth palate, as the malts wash over you. I’ve never had a beer this big with Maris Otter before. Warming, complex and delicious. A fireside ale.
rlgk (12848) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2006 2006 Vintage. Amber/reddish color with a small offwhite head. Lovely aroma from oak, plums and other fruits, oily and a bit burnt, figs, toffee notes, licorice and notes of cocoa. Very warming once I tasted it, malty, some oak and oil, figs, licorice, salty. Very complex body and a malty, fruity finish with some salt and cherry. A wonderful beer to enjoy for hours...
brokensail (12519) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a sort of muddy brownish red color with a short lived tan head that settles down to a thin ring.
S: A strong aroma of dark fruits, leather, toffee, and dark sugars. There is a mild alcoholic presence in the form of sherry, rum which works nicely with the plums and raisins.
T: There is a bitterness and dryness that wasn’t quite expected. The leathery quality really shines through along with some dark/burnt sugars. Surprisingly, the fruits are somewhat subdued.
M: The body is full with a smooth carbonation. A bit sticky and chewy as well.
D: Not the best of the old ales that I’ve come across. Perhaps I need to try this one at varying ages to see how it might differ.
Koelschtrinker (12277) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malzig-würzig-süßer Geruch. So gestaltet sich auch der Antrunk, dabei wenig hopfig, harmonisch, das Malz schließt alle aufkommenden Aromen ein. So auch die leichte Herbe, die im Mittelteil aufkommt und zum Abgang hin bitterer wird. Süffig-malzig-würziger Abgang. Danke an den Doppelbock! 9/10/11/13/9/11
bhensonb (12173) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle. Deep reddish amber color. Little head. Something of a cooked raisin aroma. And malt. A dark malt (not chocolate) flavor. Perhaps a bit plummy. There is sugar. Not so much as Lagunitas Brown Shugga, but more sweet than bitter. However, the hops are there, and they come out in the finish. It makes a strong statement. The alcohol becomes noticeable after a few minutes. Definitely not a session ale. Do not drink this and drive.
gunnfryd (12132) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Rousty red with a beige head. Aroma is lacegist with malt, hop and alcohol. Flavour is roastedlaqerish, hop, and caramel. Bitter finish.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle, 2003 vintage) Pours a deep copper color with a small head. Has a aroma of maple syrup and alcohol. The flavor was alcohol dominant with hints of malt, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruits.
argo0 (11981) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2000: Opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is cognac and sweet, holding out the promise of a wonderfully rich nectar. Taste is closest I've ever come to drinking a single-malt scotch in a 12-ounce serving. The peat quality is impressive. Incredibly rich -- maybe a trifle thin for a scotch, but certainly not for a beer. Finishes with a healthy warming alcohol burn. Don't know how this would be if it were older (or younger), but at just over 2 years, this is wonderful.
Tmoney99 (11711) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 2002. Pours a hazy brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that diminished quickly. Good dark fruit and malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex flavor of toffee, fruit and malt with a long finish with a small alcohol bite. Very good brew.
Christian (11665) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark red with a small but lasting head in a quite unusual orange tan colour. All the right barleywine aroma notes, dates and figs, bready malt, port and some berries. Sweet and malt heavy flavour, and very vineous, full body and warming alcohol. Classic all the way.