Lectvay (175) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Vintage 2004. Very grateful to Ray for this bottle. I had worked down my expectations to avoid disappointment, and now Iím sipping this floating on a cloud. Fairly dark reddish-brown, very little carbonation. Aroma is a little surprising -- a little astringent, alcohol, also seemed a little funky, sour. So itís a shock when it hits my tongue, immediately smooth, buttery, velvety. Rich and decandent. Hard to describe. One of my favorite beer-drinking experiences.
Randy4Beer (332) - - JUN 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a 250ml bottle of the 2008 vintage drank 6 years later.
Pours a muddy very dark brown with virtually zero head.
Aromas of raisins, rum and toffee.
On the palate, more raisins, rum, bready malts, and you can really taste the alcohol. Tastes like rum soaked raisin bread.
Overall, I thought this might be an old school euro brew, but was pleasantly surprised by its enormous complexity. All beer aficionados should put in an effort to try this one.
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
06 13.3%. dark mahogany hazed brown with a dark grey head. sweetness of honey and caramel apples as i poured this. smell the booze easy enough too. shit ton of dark fruits in this. lot of plum and apricot. finish is warm with a lingering cotton candy to a deep caramel varying with every sip. before it warmed there was a seedless grape flavor, now it has moved into a nutty raisin flavor. iím a happy man for a little while.
gEUS (1388) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAY 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 vintage bottle - pours deep amber red/brown with no head whatsoever. Impressive intense nose of sweet raisins ("vendange tardive"), milk chocolate, with a decent amount of oxydisation. Thick body, lots of sweetness, nuts, raisins and sweet caramel in the taste. A decent amount of booze as well... and some smoked flavours in the finish. Special
ansalon (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle bought by me and Ktwse at Brewdog Bar Stockholm charity auction May 2th. Pours a deep caramel with almost no head. Swirling it leaves nice lacerations on the inside of the glass. Increcible, complex aromas of caramel, raisins, toffee, honey, figs, dates, prunes, slight booze. Taste is absolutely gorgeous: raisins, marinated prunes and dates with layers of caramel, figs, butterscotch, burnt sugar, vanilla. Mouthfeel is very smooth and nicely textured with a very pleasant oily and sticky palate. Aftertaste is caramel, vanilla, prunes, dates, figs, burnt sugar. Just lingers and lingers in the mouth. Fantastic - a truly memorable experience!
Ktwse (2600) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Pours clear brown burgundy with minimal tan head. Aroma of butterscotch, toffee, light alcohol, prunes and dates, raisins, muscovado. Taste is boozy sweet, complex and balanced, initial sweet followed by light bitter then alcohol sweet. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.
Art (2121) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle shared thanks to lithy. Pours a dark golden brown color without a head. Aroma is of vanilla and caramel with mostly dark fruits/raisins in there. Basically smells like candy. Taste is super sweet but not overdone, less sweet than JW Lee. Wow just really tasty stuff. Thick and syrupy with low carb.
Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of sweet caramel, raisins, and vanilla. Flavor is malty prunes, rock candy, and a ton of vanilla. And some whiskey. A surprising fruitiness. I wish this rating was more informative.
DeanF (1746) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 vintage from Sherbrooke Liquor, Edition #47228. No idea this was already 6 years old! Pours murky muddy brown with zero head - of course, itís a barley wine. Strong alcohol smell on the nose with fruits and some nuttiness trying to come through. Flavour starts as licorice with hazelnut and caramel. Solid, thick mouthfeel. Iíve had better barleywines but this is still quite nice - maybe next time Iíll cellar a bottle for 4 more years.
Gorm (1672) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Klśr mÝrk brun farve med lite skum. Lukt av malt, karamell pg frukt. Smak av malt, karamell og frukt. VinÝs og fruktig. 2006 Edition. Melkebaren.