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
SlackerMads (2087) - DENMARK - JUL 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2008 version. Pours murky brown with a small tan head. Oxidised nose with some cardboard, caramel, honey. Lots of honey in the flavour, heather, grain, forest, wood, booze soaked dark dried fruits, port wine, over ripe banana. Full body, heavy sweet, moderately acidic, light salty, medium bitter. Complex and carries the alcohol well, but not something I would seek out.
zvsn (1019) - ISRAEL - JUL 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition. Reddish brown without head. Smell of honey, caramel, port wine, sherry, medicinial. Very sweet, taste of raisins, prunes, honey, brown sugar, caramel, liquor, a bit acidic and salty, very alcoholic.Medium-full bodied, syrupy, flat and boozy.
rayaron (656) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUL 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 250ml, 2007 edition, Q58786. Thanks zvsn. Clear red with no head. Aroma of port wine and date honey, quite alcoholic. Strong flavor of raisin liqueur, quite sweet and alcoholic, notes of port wine, prune and date honey, some soy sauce, somewhat medicinal. Flat, oily texture, medium to full-bodied.
alobar (3095) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 vintage with dark brown color with reddish hues. No head. Aroma of raisin, toffee, fig, and bread. Raisin, fig, and toffee flavor with hint of bread. Spectacular beer!
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a somewhat clear reddish copper with no head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, figs, toffee, and treacle. Flavour is dark dried fruits, mild alcohol warming, figs, candied sugar, treacle, mild bitterness, and a light alcohol bite on the finish. Quite easy to sip on for a big beer.
Cunningham (5626) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lovely clear amber color with no head at all. Rich nice and complex aroma. Dried fruits, figs and toffee. Thick oily body. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Warming alcohol in the end. Smooth and complex flavor. Dried fruits, some vanilla, figs, raisins, sherry and toffee. Nice evening sipper.
[Bottle (2006 - No. P 34905) from a trade with Meilby]
English county #43
Homer321 (2744) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Old ass bottle from the rotter. Pours nearly flat. Nose is a dried raisin with some dusty malt. Taste is like a dried fig thatís been in the fridge for ten years. Moderare sweetness. Ugh.
HopsandBolts (191) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
250 ml bottle from the LCBO. 2008 edition.
Appearance: Pours a
dark brown no head.
Rum, toffee and molasses.
Rum, molasses, toffee, hints of coffee and leather.
Thick with no carbonation. It sticks to your mouth.
Overall: A really nice complex old ale that is still holding up after 7 years cellaring in my wine fridge. I bought around 8 bottles when it came out and haven been drinking one each year. This is my last bottle. If this ever comes out again I will buy as much as I can get my hands on.
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAR 8, 2015
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
25cl bottle, 2007 vintage, Q56821. I donít even remember where I bought this - it has followed me through two moves. Today I poured a brown, almost non-carbonated liquid into an Orval glass and enjoyed the raisin and wood aroma mixing with the tones of some funky jazz. The mouthfeel is smooth and oily, the flavour is so thick you can chew it. Thereís raisin, toffee, chocolate, yorkshire pie, a bit of burn, figs, coffee, beef, and a rainy English autumn day. All poured into this minute bottle.
This is as close to perfection as you can get. Can I have a crate?
Muggus69 (1525) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250mL bottle Vintage í08 Bottle #19668
Been sitting in my cellar for countless years (possibly 5?).
Makes next to no sound upon opening - not an encouraging sign.
Pours a murky bronze body, ringed with an orange-beige set of bubbles.
Nose is seriously potent - not sure in a good way or not, straight away - sweet sherry, treacle, toasted walnut, bruised apple/acetaldehyde, sultanas, dank cardboard.
Wow - what a mouthful! The faintest prickle of effervescence emerges, body is tremendously rich yet dry & even somewhat tannic - once again sweet/semi-sweet Olorosso sherry parallels comes to mind.
So much happening on the body; sultana, treacle, honey, raisin, roast nuts, raw cocoa, dried fig, walnut, bruised apple, Olorosso sherry. Finish is drawn out, with a lingering slightly dank burnt apple character, lifted bitterness seems somewhat soften by age.
A remarkable beer, no doubt. Daresay a bit past its prime and/or the cap has failed, but a rewarding experience nonetheless.