Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good taste that promises to age well. I currently have 25 bottles of the 2004 vintage and am looking forward to enjoying them for many years to come.
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
While this beer is certainly meant for aging, it is, when compared to other such "aging necessary" beers much smoother and more manageable. While Iíll reserve any strong opinions on this unaged bottle, it has a lot of good flavors that mixed well, even in this more "raw" form, and I can only imagine a well aged bottle. Iíll have to pick up another and be patient.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 vintage, 8.5oz bottle, tasted 12/1/04: Pours to a beautiful orange ruby color with no head. Aroma: plums, raisins, port, alcohol, cardboard, shoe leather, brown sugar, oak barrel. Taste: Initially mildly bitter & syrupy with some hops, brown sugar, figs, oak, caramel, port, grapes, toffee. Finishes with a pepper-like warming alcohol and hint of malt & fruit. One taste of this and youíll know itís a fine beer meant to be aged. Wow.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Bottle 005289: Well Iíve had this for a year now, I think itís about time to try one so I can start comparing yearly. Deep ruby color, short head that quickly disappears, clear lacing. The color is vivid and deep - very nice. Nose is strong - plums, raisins, grapes, moderate alcohol. Smooth plum/fig sweetness; syrupy in the middle. The edges are more oaky, spicy, tart, dry. It all blends together in the aftertaste along with some alcohol. This is fantastic, cant wait to try it again!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - DEC 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003: Pours clear very dark amber with a small though lasting creamy tan head. Aroma of strong toffee, alcohol, port, plum wine, spices, raisins / dried fruit. Very full bodied. Very sweet start though suprisingly not cloying. Loads of caramel flavour along with spices and dried fruits. Oak character comes through in aftertaste. Suprisingly dry finish. Warming alcohol feeling. Very nice sipping winter beer.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Huge thanks to Drew for this bottle. Creamy head that quickly fades. Cloudy rich brown body. Vinous nose - grapes, dark fruits, brown sugar, some alcohol.. This is heaven. Tart, grapey, caramel, sourish oak, awsome hop/malt balance. Some peppery alcohol at the finish. Wow.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003, dark mahagoney color, rapidly disappearing head, intial oak barrel malt aroma, thick raspberry fig sweetness, nice glow as it goes down the throat, aftertaste is that of a fine wine, nicely warming in the stomach without the heavy alcohol aftertaste. Classic
Dgthrasher (1) - Port Jefferson Station, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Having had sampled many of the vintages of this beer over the past couple of years I have high hopes that 2004 will become one of the great years... Having not had a new Thoas hardy I was worried that it would require many years to be drinkable. However I was proven wrong complex, unique, and impossible to recreate. Canít beleive how nice this beer is now....tempted to drink more but know that my reward will come in years to come... Plan to try and hold off and drink only one a year for the next 50 years!!!!!!!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2008 2004 Vintage. Yeah this stuff is hot and malty. Taste is strong and just too sweet. Time has proven this stuff will only get better. Bits of chocolate are still too bitter. 10/26/08. Iím going to rerate this, as Iíve had every vintage including corornation ales of this stuff. The older stuff for the most part holds up well, being vineous and sherry-like.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The spread was amazing. I didnít know anyone at the place, but heck, whats food for if not a social lubcricant. Or is that alcohol? I dunno. Anyway. We mixed and mingled and made small talk. I didnít fit in... I was sandpaper to their velvet, fiddle to their violin, synonym to their metaphor. These were the kind of people who discussed problems like they never had any. Fakes. Charlatans. Dreamers. But boy... that food was amazing...