slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Smoked" when cap was popped , the bottle that is. :) Strong nose of malt and yeast (bread, celler), and alcohol. Big head, esp for a barley wine. A good beer, w/ notes of grapes, prunes, and maybe caramel... def. sweet thats for sure. And honestly thats where this beer flopped for me, just too sweet, maybe that dies w/ age. Burns aswell in the finsh, & get watery. Whereís my hops!?, damn Brits. But Iíll buy another older one, or age one. 2004, # P 72676
Gorm (875) - 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.
nilsas (987) - Bryne, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Duft av karamell. RÝdbrun farge. Ingen skum. Smak av malt og noe sÝtlig smak. 2006 versjonen
DonutSeducer (20) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 5, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
This tasted like bottled soy sauce and jaeger. Iím not sure if I got a bad bottle or not. I could pick up the typical barely wine notes struggling to pierce through the overwhelmingly salty taste in this rare 2005 find. I have a few others I will taste and compare. I was extremely disappointed.
TearsforBeers (181) - Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003. Rather oxidized and sherry like. A privilege to taste. Itís still beautiful and complex.
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle at Brouwerís a few nights ago. Itís come up in conversations a few times, and I thought this would be a good night to finally try one. Pours completely still, crystal clear, red-copper. Gorgeous, more like a spirit than a beer. Aroma and taste are going together in this description, because I donít think I could restrain myself from jumping in. Raisins, plums, sherry are the dominant notes. Wow ... this is 10 years old and doesnít feel like itís just coming into itself -- no sign that itís anything but exactly what it should be. Perhaps this is something like a beer fountain of youth, in the sense that there are no off-notes in flavor or aroma from stale hops or oxidation. Thereís some nice honey-like sweetness, dark raisins, spirits -- this is one I can just sip and sip by a fire for dessert. Full body, rich, completely still and it feels just right like that. Overall: what a treat. Iím likely to order a few more bottles of these on future trips before they disappear for good.
Bill Becker (186) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My 2004 is a cloudy rust brown with a small head of foam that shrinks to a ring around my glass and a few small islands towards the center.
Big caramel malt with a very Port like nose. Notes of vanilla and some butterscotch, maple syrup, brown sguar round things out.
Very sweet from the caramel malt, the Port like flavour kicks in some more sweetness but a brown sugar and maple syrup sweetness does the bigger job with that.
Fullish mouthfeel, hey, thereís even some light carbonation and some good warming.
Very very good.
alliance100 (376) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
8.5oz bottle 2004 vintage , btl no. 15578 pours a deep murky brown . Huge raisin , fig and brown sugar aromas . Taste is molasses , raisins , brown sugar , maple syrup. Syrupy palate . Sweetness lingers . Absolutely phenomenal !
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john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles - 2008 Vintage; Drank Dec 2008, Feb, Jun & Dec 2009, Apr 2013 - BCA - Reddish-brown in colour. Very, very sweet malty; lots of caramel, toffee, brown candy sugar, chocolate. Very fruity: dried dark fruits, raisins, plums, orange, dates. Very Rich. Vinous. Syrupy. Alcohol very evident. Very sweet fruity malty throughout ending with a bitter hoppy finish. Nice beer even when drank young (in 2008 & early 2009). Enjoyed these a lot. Lovely Barley Wine!
crazy_cat_lady (82) - - FEB 10, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
February 8, 2014. 250mL bottle from beerbistro. Vintage 2006. Sweet molasses on the nose. Ruby red brown colour. Little head dissipated to a thin rim of foam. Malty chocolate, toffee, molasses, ripe plums and cherries. Very complex beer. One of my all-time favourites.
ABT_S54 (100) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 Vintage. 25cl bottle served in a Trappist glass. Pours a dark amber colour with little head or carbonation. Flavours of toffee, caramel chocolate, figs - extremely complex and warming. This was very much at its best unlike the 1985 Thomas Hardy which would (Iím sure) have scored even higher had it been in the same condition. The best English beer(s) by far.