papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Vintage bottle #16864: Deep ruby color with just a halo of head. Rich sweet candy sugar aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flavor starts very sweet and rich with hints of dark dried fruit, a quick hop bite then a long dry honey like finish. Palate is rich and smooth.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at Stockholm Beer Festival.
Deep brown colour. Resiny nose along with marzipan and nuts to name some. Mouthfeel is extremely rounded with a calvados-like flavour. Feels mature already.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Hazy brown with no head. Sweet caramel alcoholic aroma and the flavour is more of the same. Quite a bit of sugary sweetness, not one of the better barley wines I've had.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2003 version. Bottle #11152. Rich garnet colour with a thin white lace. Almost still appearance. Beautiful aroma, malt dominant showing cookie dough, toffee, caramel, biscuit, plum, prune, currant, berry, and a wisp of molasses. There is also a wisp of citrusy resinous hoppiness as well. Flavour is incredible malty, molasses, toffee, and caramel. The alcohol can’t really be tasted but it can be felt in the mouth. Slight sweetness, but not cloyingly so. I suspect this would mellow somewhat over time. Even so, it is very drinkable, even now. Finish lasts and lasts. Fantastic brew.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 Edition. A deep brown color, resembling a thick porter in appearance. The aroma was an interesting blend of toffee, raisins, malt, and honey. Very complex and delightful. The taste was equally as complex and enjoyable. I found it it be extremely enjoyable but so very rich that it was hard to get through a bottle alone. Enjoy with a few friends.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2003 # 015846 Edition. Pours with very little carbonation. The color is a majestic ebony with accents of magenta. The thin layer off creamy head diminishes quickly into a ring, then disappears entirely. The nose is astonishing. Raisins, figs and red apples covered with caramel. Wow. Cinnamon, plums and sherry up front. More dark fruit comes later followed by caramel and toffee. Molasses and honey on the finish. Dry but juicy. Odd. Unbelieveably smooth. Unbelieveable drinkable (I want 4 more). Unbelieveable mouthfeel. Rerate, after many sampling in 2008 and prior. The 2003 and 2004 vintages are really amazing right now. I believe Ohanlons is doing an excellent job recreating this brew. I think they’ll even get better, hopefully as well as Eldridge Popes versions.
rlgk (13379) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2004. Whisky-like color. Has a vinous aroma with malt and some candy-notes. Malty and fruity aroma, very good considering it has not matured yet. Id love to have this one again.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This brew pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a very thin head with no lacing. The aroma is sweet and malty with a great caramel and candy sugar notes, with a slight peppery bitterness and light alcohol esters. The flavor is sweet, malty and fruity with notes of candy sugar and a slight bitterness in the finish. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2003, bottle O09200. (I’m getting too old to cellar such beers for long!) This poured out the color of orange pekoe tea (with the same amount of head and carbonation), but certainly didn’t smell like it. A very sweet malty aroma, dark fruits, and strong alcohol presence. Syrupy to drink, very sweet, winey, dark malt. A bitter finish with a nifty alcohol warming.
pilsnerrogge (2631) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Bottled
Hazy reddish amber colour with a huge creamy head. Vinous, oaky, cherry aroma. Thick mouth feel. Sweet and warming with long oaky alcohol bitter finish.