richboy (8) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle- aroma of dates, caramel, rich, toasty. flavor- warm alcohol, sweet caramel, raisn, subtle bitterness, complex malt flavor. Nutty pecan/ walnut aftertaste., subtle piney hop flavor in aftertaste. delicious brew.
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
"quite possibly the sweetest beer iíve ever had. i love my hops, but this beer is awesome. not the type of beer you can have regularly, but itís a treat. for the price, though, iíll stick with old stock."
tom10101 (2938) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (8.5 oz). Vintage 2004, so 10 years old. Dark reddish brown with a small bubbly off-white head that quickly disappear and leaves no lacing. Aroma is quite complex but also super heavy with chocolate, raisins, plums, brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, oxidation notes, nuts and ashes. Taste is sweet with chocolate, tobacco, plums, strong oxidation notes, almonds, brown sugar and alcohol. Full bodied. Still. Syrupy mouthfeel. Lingering sweetness and alcohol. One of the first "old" beers I tried a few years ago was Thomas Hardyís ale 2003 and I remember it as a fantastic Barley Wine... this is nowhere near what I remember, but I have tried hundreds of beer since that í03 TH so maybe itís just that.... or maybe this one was poorly stored before I acquired it 2 years ago. This one is complex, but way too oxidized. Quite sweet too.
BMMillsy (1435) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle purchased at La Cave a Bulles in Paris, poured on 9/18/14 at home in Florida into a Hunahpu snifter. Pours murky brown with some purple hues and basically no head except for a ring of yellowish tans bubbles around the edges. Aroma is very sweet brown sugar and figs, chocolate, leather, toffee, caramel, molasses and some sherry notes. Flavor is figs and leather, brown sugar sweetness, light lingering chocolate and brown sugar, a hint of booze, and some bready malts. Not overly sweet to my surprise. Full bodied with very very little carbonation. Fun to try, very nice.
hackobock (1467) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
140801, bottle 2006 vintage.
Pours cloudy dark brown with a small off-white head, quickly dissipating. Aroma is raisins, caramel, dark sugars, light chocolate, vinous and light oxidized. Taste is medium sweet dried fruit and caramel, light milk chocolate, finish is light bitter chocolate, some alcohol and vinous notes. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
tderoeck (4882) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/VIII/14 - 25cl bottle @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a, 2006 vintage, P19960 (2014-867) Thanks to hackobock for sharing the bottle!
Little cloudy deep brown beer, small creamy off-white to beige head, unstable, dissipates quickly. Aroma: sweet, caramel, dried fruits, honey, alcohol, some chocolate, bit oxidized. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: milk chocolate, bitter touch, caramel, more chocolate, pretty sweet. Aftertaste: little bitter, lots of chocolate, some honey, bit oxidized, orange peel.
Cuso (4754) - 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 (1574) - 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 (5031) - 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 (222) - 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 (509) - - 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.