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.
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 (623) - 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 (165) - 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 (321) - 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 (330) - 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 (58) - - 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 (76) - 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.
NeoHippie2 (742) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005 bottle #24904. Shared with DonutSeducer. Pours a dark ruby/brown with no head. Aromas of leather, dark fruit, molasses, and some soy sauce. Flavor is sweet at first but finishes with some strong soy sauce/salty notes. The abv is well-hidden Iíll give it that. Just wasnít what I was expecting at all. Iíd try it again if offered one but wouldnít go out of my way to seek it out by any means.
blklab2007 (1858) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2006 #20909. Pour has a dark ruby color with great clarity and a ring of tan head on the glass. Aroma has sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, and surprisingly light oxidation. Mouth feel is heavy and thick and there is some faint lingering carbonation. Flavor is quite the bruit. Big heavy malts, dark fruit, plumb, raisin, molasses, and a fair bit of lingering heat into the finish. Certainly a slow sipping sort of thing but I can see why this would age very well.