badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2014 2003 Vintage; Tasted October 30, 2004: Sweet mother of mercy... Clear, mahogany color with no head. Swirll it around; it’s got legs! Aromas of vanilla, brandy and Scotch. Oh man, the flavors just keep rolling out of the glass: malt, raw barley, honey, caramel, whisky, finished off with an almost herbalness. Good gravy. I concur that this pushes the boundary of what can be considered beer, but I’d drink this any time.
GABF 2014. Brown color. Aroma and flavor are much the same... big molasses, rum, sugar and raisin. Thick and syrupy. Large alcohol burn. Glad I got to try it again.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003.Clear and the color of scotch.Very complex nose as you are going to say shit this smells like port or is it cognac or maybe it is bourbon.anyway this really is a "beer" that one could sniff and not even need to drink.Or is it a "beer".This is actually very nice and very flavorfull.All the different Barrell-agings are prevalent.Not bad but not a lot of beer qualities.
JFGrind (1895) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
egajdzis also hooked me up with a sample of Utopia. Had this one near the end of our sampling session. My notes on it read, "Butter scotch schnapps...whiskey...I can’t drink this...". Just too complicated of a barleywine for me. I sampled it with hopdog and I think his rating is close to mine.
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to egajdzis for giving me a sample of this one! Poured a medium to dark amber color with no head. Strong alcohol aroma and tastes. Whiskey like. Sweet with fruits. I probably knocked up some of the numbers a little just because of how hard and expensive it is. Good after dinner sipping beer.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Rerating January 9 2008.
Aroma from port, metanol, plum, wood, vanilla. Syrupy mouthfeel, yet balance and light on its feet. Raisins, plum compote, undertones of soy sauce. Biting alcohol.
Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival.
Dark amber colour, no head. Alcohol nose, like whiskey? Vineous I believe, is it Calvados? Little appley. It really bites me in the palate. Finishes richly salty.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
No, no, no, no, no. A cool bottle does not make a great beer. Blowing the ABV up does not make a great beer. Taste makes a good beer. This is bad stuff. Tastes like unripened fruit and rubbing alcohol. A barley wine shoud be enjoyable, not harsh and offending like this stuff is. No, no, no, no, no.
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
hazey dark yellowish brown. aroma is dry green raisins and alcohol. very unsettling. burning alcohol taste that is hard to get past. pepper and woody tastes are also present.too much alcohol and not enough flavor. this was not a pleasant beer experience.
rlgk (12838) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I struggled a little with this at first. Is this really a beer? Anyway ,it is good... Malty whisky-aroma with some cognac. Flavor is vinous, salty licorice and fruity from apricot and apples. The body is incredible.
pilsnerrogge (2606) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 Amber coloured with no head. Sherry aroma. Very sweet flavour with a late touch of raisins. Perhaps too strong for it’s own good.
omhper (20718) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 Bottled. Reddish brown, thick, no head. Balsamic port like aroma. Very sweet and woody. Immensly malty and extremely rich. Warming and complex. Strong oak barrel character. More like cognac or madeira than beer, and even though I find it gimmicky and overly pricey I must admit that I really like it.