dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
1997 vintage, cool bottle. Dang cork bottom broke off, which then dropped into the bottle upon attempting to remove it with wine bottle opener, which also made the pour a bit difficult and slow. Anyway, it pours a very dark, thick brown with lots of sediment that laces the glass. Swirls stain the glass and leave sediment sticking to the sides. Aroma interesting of alcohol, molasses, raisins, dark dried fruits, caramel, slight chocolate, and maybe a nutty character in there somewhere. Wow, quite complex. Taste is almost overwhelming, but matches the aroma all too well. This is a complex sipper that was thoroughly enjoyed. Will definitely seek out more before they are too difficult to get.
Steve_0 (2971) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1994 bottle at Big Beers in Vail, CO 2015. I was told these bottles hadnít left the breweryís cellar since they were brewed. Pour is slick oily black with a small bit of cork particles floating around. Big caramel, toffee, raisins, some prunes, dates, cognac and a touch of soy in the aroma. Taste is very rich and decadent - roasted caramel notes, brown sugar, molasses, maple and wood notes with some prunes. Somewhat reminds me of Utopias. This seems to have held up well, which is completely opposite to the majority of ratings. Slick syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Not bad at all.
mcberko (7789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
1995 Vintage. 250mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours an opaque dark amber-brown with no head. Nose is sure thick, with salt and soy sauce upfront, with liqueur and more salt. Flavour is bizarre, with very sour notes, liqueur, and soy sauce Ė obviously lots of oxidation at this point. What a strange beer. Never had anything like this. Not a total disaster, but itís not really enjoyable. Cool to try, but not exactly refined.
Ferris (6232) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Vintage 1995 - Salty Skunky, soy sauce and oily dark notes. Inky brown black with no head. Umami, soy sauce and a salty finish. Odd dark weird sweet, salty notes. Not that great.
ryanfolty (1944) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
December 27, 2014 - bottle purchased at Discount a long time ago. Very black pour with almost no head and just stained the glass. Aroma still had quite a bit of maple, alcohol and dark fruit. Taste was sweet as expected, had some heat and also was fruity. Much more like a port wine than a beer. 1997 vintage.
Douberd (2814) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Samuel Adams Triple Bock) Bottle 250 ml at home, corked, vintage 1997, bought at the Delirium Cafe, Belgium. No mention of the ABV on the bottle. Served into a snifter.
The corked cut in half, no other solution than throw the other half into the beer.
Totally black in colour, pours thick like motor oil. No head or even a bubble formed on the surface.
Aroma mostly of alcohol, some wood, molasses.
Sweet soy sauce on the taste, very boozy, faint old wood, glue. I donít find it that bad though.
Thick boy, almost totally flat. Very sticky on the palate.
Iíll struggle to finish this small glass, basically more because of its alcohol burn, other than that is quite drinkable.
Theydon_Bois (10571) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruceís pad, hereís a glass raised to Reluctant Scoops for getting this one to me, 24/10/14. 1994 Vintage.
Extremely dark mahogany brown/light black with tan edgework.
Nose is rich dark fruits, sherry, chocolate, plums, light smoke, woody rinse, booze tunes.
Taste comprises soy sauce, sherry, rich chocolate streak, more plums, dates, prunes, figs, brown sugar.
Full bodied, fine carbonation - slightly viscous, warming alcohol and sweet licks in the close.
Solid stuff, looks like we found a bottle that has aged gracefully when you compare our ratings to most others in recent times.
mR_fr0g (4372) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to a Mr Boris. Oily viscous caramel brown coloured pour with a short lived light tan head. Aroma is big tangy fruit! Dried berry raisin, caramel . alcohol is noticeable on the nose with vinous dried fruits, booze and earthy choc. Vanilla. Flavour is big smooth! Tart berry, caramel, malty and some liquorice. Has held up to the age very well. Sweet, full bodied and smooth. Bit of Turkish delight. An absolute treat. Very lucky to try this.
Leighton (12601) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Colin for this whale. Vintage 1994 - the original. Pours flat black, oily, with pretty much no head. The nose has some tangy dark fruits, cocoa, tar, figs. Hugely sweet flavor with lots of dark fruits, prunes, figs, dark cherries. Full bodied, oily and chewy with soft carbonation. Warming finish with lots of syrupy fruits, raisins, more figs and dates, some tangy berries. Great stuff. Quite dynamic. Has held up quite well.
Scopey (7867) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 1994 thanks to Colin. It pours murky dark brown with minimal head. The nose is rich, umami, treacle, toffee, soy, oily, fruit cake, dark fruit, vanilla and honey. The taste is smooth, syrupy, oily, treacle, umami, light soy, touch of acidify, cocoa, plum and Chinese duck and plum sauce with a smooth, warming finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Great depth and long finish. Great fun to try.
slowrunner77 (6281) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
"weird...like the most complex, sweet soy sauce youíll ever have. i enjoyed it as a treat, but itís too much. not something iíll go back for often. worth trying if youíve never had. re-tasted 1/09 - aroma nearly unbearable, nice appearance, but the flavor is just a bit much. english barleywine it is not!"