BMan1113VR (7769) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 1/7/2008:
Very nice malty (cookie and molasses) and hoppy (pine) aroma. Also detected some tawny port, alcohol and raspberry. Poured a medium sparkling clear amber with a creamy off-white head. Initial flavor is alcohol followed by a long and nutty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is soft. There is a strong presence of alcohol throughout. Will probably improve with age.
Wow, as much as I liked the 2007 vinatge, the 2008 was horrible! Shared with ilovedarkbeer. Aroma was raw pumpkin with meelon, cinnamon, alcohol and vegitables. Creamy, off-white head with good lacing. Flavor was bad. Dry texture, lively carbonation and astringent!
2004 Vintage consumed 5/13/2009, thanks to Lumpy. Pours with a small head over a murky amber body. Aroma of port, alcohol, toffee, maple and plum. Taste is prune, alcohol, toffee, light port, some oxidation and raisins. syrupy mouthfeel.
3fourths (7764) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 2002: Dark burgundy appearance. Big frothy brown head. Robust aroma of plums, cedar, red grapes, and mandarin oranges. Extremely thick and syrupy, hard to swallow it’s so damn thick. Amazingly complex. Combined flavors of port, honey and brown sugar under a big hoppy plum profile. Even being somewhat new and unaged I thought it was wonderful. Having a 2 year aged bottle of the 2002 presents a more syrupy, stuffy and thick barley wine that, when compared side-by-side with Bigfoot (1 year aged) and Batch 6000 (1 year aged) it comes up in third and last place.
GT2 (7689) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL. Pours a deep, beautiful red with a modest tan head that settles down to a thin film. Nose is very musty with some dark fruits, candied figs, vanilla extract, caramel, and sherry. Taste is more woody than expected with some caramel, vanilla, figs, and floral hops. Slight alcohol burn going down. A solid barleywine- would be nice to age this to get that initial alcohol burn a little mellowed out.
JorisPPattyn (7672) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Colour: dark brown, mahogany shine; disappearing cream head.
Nose: hops, coloured malts, vanilla(?), blue cheese.
Taste: immediate sweet impression, then very hop-bitter, fading into satisfying plumcake taste.
Mouthfeel; very thick and rich, velvety. Alcohol evident.
Aftertaste: after a while, noble hops haunt the palate for quite long.
A very nice old ale - with American noble hops, as one would expect from a Californian brewery.
MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2007 (2-year-old, 2000 bottle)...Luminous burgundy curtains of caramel waltz the northern hemisphere as plum and date satellites slowly trace their way through...A creamy treacley powerflux transmogrifies the lower end to rich hop sheets and sweet, crunchy biscuits...A true beauty of an aurora beerealis, courtesy of hopsrus...4.5/5...
(2-year-old, 2001 bottle)...Dusty date clarity in alcoholic vapor muscularity...Lovely, brown rum insularity transforming into sugary, berry vascularity...A marvelous companion to DFH’s Immort Ale...4.2/5...
(2-year-old, 2004 bottle)...The nose is rather shy, but does announce fruity caramel, and candy...Body is round, but somewhat rough, alcohol hitting the back with a splash...Some herbal hop bitterness is left, but doesn’t offer much complexity...A fine sipper still, but nowhere near the complexity and succulence of the aforementioned vintage, to my tastes...3.6/5
1-year-old 2005 vintage: 3.8/5
1-year-old 2006 vintage: 4.3/5. Young and already wow.
DocLock (7417) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours deep amber/reddish (looks like red wine through light), with a huge off white head and lace. Aroma of heavy malt, peat, caramel, toffee, prunes, berries, and anise. Tastes very malty, with some earthy, prune, fruit, and duck sauce hints. Finishes sweet, malty, and fruity, with hints of cognac, scotch, and cabernet. As it warmed, I sensed more sweet/caramel/fruitiness.Nice balance, great complexity, and well hidden alcohol. This is a great beer.
gnoff (7327) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 First rating
Initial Rating Date: 9/14/2006 5:40:09 PM - UPDATED 9/26/2008
Bottle on RBESG 2006
Clear brown color, tan head. Sweet malty a bit alcohol scent. Sweet raissin and some alcohol taste. Medium bitterness, soft but big mouth feel. Warming alcohol feeling.
Second rating, 2006 vintage:
Somewhat shady brown color, tan head. Lots of alcohol in the scent, sweet malt as well. Spicy bitter malty taste. Smooth milky mouthfeel. Sharp bitterness, some hartburn feeling.
355 ml bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft!
On September 26, 2008
BB Aug 2010
Clear dark reddish copper color, medium tan head. Fruity, smooth, sweet scent, some red berries and a bit of alcohol. SWeet, phenolic, spicy, dry, malty, caramel taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Dry lingering malty aftertaste.
Vertical tasting first half of 2012, never entered my notes until now.
Sampled side by side vintages: 2011 vs 2010 vs 2009 vs 2007 vs 2006
2011: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Malty, alcohol, some smoke scent. Sweet, malty, salty, alcohol taste. Smooth mouthfeel, alcohol aftertaste. Low bitterness.
2010: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, malty, alcohol scent. Malty, sweet, alcohol taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2009: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Sweet, sassafras, minty scent. Sweet, cream, malty taste. Medium smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2007: Clear dark red color, small tan head. Alcohol, chemical scent. Sweet, malty, sugary, grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
2006: Clear very dark brown color, small to very small tan head. Sweet, fruity, alcohol scent. Alcohol, solvents, cream, malty taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
12 fl oz bottle thanks to Ingo! Sampled on December 22, 2012. Vintage 2011.
Hazy brown color, yellow head. Sweet, malty, citrus scent. Sweet, raisin, figs, alcohol taste. Spritzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Warming alcohol.
I would probably like it better if aged some more, a bit young still.
Bottle at Bishops Arms Örebro on May 25, 2013.
Didn’t take notes since I knew I had rated this over and over, this was the 2010 vintage.
Wonderful aged scent and taste. Alcohol still coming through, but holds up nice and was a very nice finish to this evening.
jercraigs (7294) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 2010-07-12. Dark brown body with a modest tan head that fades. 3+ Modest alcohol starts off the aroma, lightly fruity, dark fruit, caramel, touch of oxidation. Flavour is richly malty and fruity, light bitterness and moderate alcohol dry it out somewhat. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Pretty solid, and grows on me more as it goes on. I think this ma be a bit older than optimal, perhaps the ideal is somewhere between a year and multiple years. 7+/3+/8/4/15 - 3.6 2006 vintage, courtesy of HogTownHarry
2005-12-XX. Hazy orange tinged dark brown body, with a small beige head. Boozey malt and hops dominate aroma with a touch of caramel and whisps of vanilla. Flavour starts out with lots of malt up front, some caramel, quickly giving way to dry alcohol and accents of hoppy bitterness. Some fleeting glimpses of fig or date like fruitiness awash in a boozey current. The initial finish contains all the best elements of this brew, well rounded caramel malt but does not last long into the aftertaste. Medium palate. Nice beer that misses the mark a bit because the alcohol dominates too much. Thanks for sharing this bottle Harry. 6/3/8/4/14 - 3.5 2004 Vintage
Rune (7211) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle, vintage 2009, bb. Dec. 2019, cellared for some time after I brought it back home for Systembolaget in Linköping September last year. Offered some drinking enjoyment to the soccer match between Germany and Spain on TV. Poured a dense, off-white head with good duration atop of a deep, ruby coloured body. Rather subdued aroma of dark, dried fruits along with malts and herbal dryness. Vapour of alcohol, too. Dry, slightly roasted, malts in flavour plus dried fruits, like apricot, and with suggestion of liquorice. A real alcohol punch on the palate. Full bodied. Likable, but too much on the sweet side. The alcohol is also a bit disturbing. Should perhaps have left the bottle in the cellar for a longer time span (Tromsø, 07.07.2010).
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2004 2001 sampled on 4/4/2004: Pours a murky dark copper brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of bready complex oxidized caramel malt. Body has a nice, thick sweetness to it and goes down very smoothly with some hoppy bite still noticeable. This has aged very well and turned into a classic barleywine.
2001 sampled on 8/14/2003: Very complex, heavy aroma of dark fruit, licorice, caramel and hops. Medium to dark brown in color with an average-sized tan colored head. Starts sweet, almost syrupy with good malty complexity. Very smooth, but with a strong alcoholic finish. Moderate bitterness throughout. A good barleywine, but a bit too strong and not as drinkable as some others I've had.