3fourths (9107) - 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 itís 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.
Gachupines (1247) - USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 bottle. Brown color with a decent head which disappeared quickly. Taste was alcohol sweet with some malt. Some subtlety but overwhelmed by the alcohol sweetness. Not the beer I remember. Overall, a little too sweet and strong which surprised me because I remember like this beer more than I am now. Iíll have to rate a fresh bottle to see if it just doesnít age well to my palate. I know beer is supposed to mellow with age, but I donít remember it being this one sided when I had it fresh.
thomat (3304) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark redish brown with a short lived tan head. Malty with alcohol sweetness. Full bodied with a long, smooth and warming aftertaste.Some bitterness.
lonelybeergeek (36) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006. New bottle. too cold. Pours with no head. 13.5%?? Word. Ok, itís warmed up a bit. I am watching the Suns beath the Clippers, drinking this new old stock, and enjoying myself immensely. Smells of dark fruits, green apple, alcohol, redwood. More dark fruits and malt in the mouth. Alcohol is very prominent. Very slight bitterness. I should have saved this one. This beer will age very well. Canít wait to try it in 2010.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 2008 bottle. Deep amber pour with thin head. Nose of strong caramel and sweetness. Taste is hot alcohol (of course...itís young), sweet tannic malts, and turpentine. As it warms the flavors a more integrated, but obviously too young. Will hold the rest of the bottles for a while, but I had to try it fresh.
Current rating is this vintage.
2007 bottle. Bright garnet color. Aroma of caramel, sweet dark fruits and a little spice. Taste is a bit hot right now, with maple and floral notes. Nice hop finish. Needs a little time in the bottle to become a better beer.
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - JUN 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear caramel brown look with a small brown head. Very sweet fruity aroma of plums or prunes mixed with whiskey and sweetmalts. Extremly fullbodied and complex flavor with tons of alchohol, sweet caramel, sirup and an underlying chocolate bitterness. Warming sweet alchohol finish.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle - 2006. Cloudy brown with no head. Aroma was dark fruit and alcohol. There was a big alcohol bite up front with notes of prune and grapefruit. Bitteness kicks in as it warms.
obguthr (5587) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Woody aroma with black cherry notes. Cloudy ochre color, with a medium light brown head. Syrupy mouthfeel, very sweet, evident alcohol content. Tastes of bourbon, hops, and cherry, in equal measure. Long lasting, but not strong bitter hop finish, with wood on the edges. Fairly well done, but not exactly something I like.
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a mahogany hue with a thin , off white head. Strong caramel raison smell. Lightly carbonated with a syrupy mouthfeel . The flavor is of sticky sweet malts and raisons. Has an interesting spice - alcohol taste to finish.
This brew tastes better on the cold side; a strong alcohol taste lowers the drinkability Feb 2004
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2-10-08 tap (2007 brew)
Deep maroon-amber-brown in color with a thin filmy off white head. Smell is sweet and hoppy and quite pleasant. Flavor is nice and very sweet. The sweetness nearly coats the tongue. It is thick and not syrupy at all. Drinkable and flavorful. Nice palate - nothing too special though. Alcohol is present, without a doubt, but overall a good brew!