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
Cuso (4434) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle kindly donated by kaufmanized, many thanks. Vintage 2004. Bottle # 42677. Reddish brown color with minimal white head. Aroma of chocolate, rum, raisins. Sweet taste, caramel, nuts, raisins, cognac, light sourness, dates, figs. Very tasty beer.
MisoW (1225) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 27, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle shared by Cuso, MANY THANKS! Year 2004. Bottle #42677. Pours reddish, white head. Aroma is chocolate, apples, rum, raisins, honey. Taste is full of nuts, cherries, cognac, chocolate, sweet, apples, raisins, figs. Extra nice sweet finish full of raisins and figs. Great beer.
kappldav123 (4815) - GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2008. Looks really good. Beer in the glass dark brown, small head. Intense malty aroma with a smokey touch. Starts quite strong, not too malty, light alcoholic burning notes. More and more earthy malty. Finish warming malty, less alcoholic. Nice one!
Klimaet (132) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown with barely no head. Aromas of malt, sweet licorice, coffee, toffee, rum, raisins, slighty minty and plums. Taste is very rum-like, licorice, roasted malt, coffee, yeast and some bittersweet chocolate, hazelnuts.
BeerKurve (499) - - AUG 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
*2005 Vintage Bottle* Molasses, Caramel Apple, Chocolate and some booziness. Very robust and flavorful and has held up remarkably well for being 9 years old.
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 Bottling. Malty caramel aroma. Rusty brown color with no foam. Tangy caramel and malt flavors. Coffee, chocolate towards the end. Palate is creamy with surprising carbonation for a beer this age. Great experience.
Lectvay (123) - 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 (158) - - 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 (2071) - 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 (1044) - 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