axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells a lot like a peppery barley wine. Sweet malts and alcohol dominate the nose. Looks a lot like a bourbon. Pretty complex taste. A lot happening here with spices, carmel, nutty and maple syrup flavors in the mix. Kind of a cough syrupy alcohol finish. Very interesting.
winkler (1) - blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma like spatlese wine,dark thick color with a sweet chocolate flavor which slides softly over the palate and finishes with tobacco and raisin essence.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - 2001 version. A pretty crimson color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Sweet aroma, overly sweet flavor.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
clear dark amber color with a very small off-white head. Very sweet malt and candy apple aroma. Extremely sweet candy apple, honey and alcohol flavors. Syrupy feel with medium carbonation. This is the sweetest beer I've ever had!
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 2003 Vintage: Dark amber color with the smallest beige head that is gone in a heart beat. Rich sweet fruity nose. Flavor starts honey sweet with notes of cherry and apricot finishing hop spicy, lightly dry with a cognac like alcohol burn. Doppelbock??? More like a barley wine IMHO. Reminds me of Old Guardian.
jerkadilly74 (155) - mooresville, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Will most definitely knock one out if not careful. I would recommend sharing because some people will go down for the count after just one. Pretty much reminded me of Sam Adams Triple Bock
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Right off the bat, reminds me of DFH Olde School. This is NO doppelbock. Burnt orange ultra clear body, off white head that disappears in a flash. Sits in my snifter like a windless lake. Notes of alcohol, brandy, fruitcake, honey, dates, figs, and raisins. Very warming and quite smooth. Finish is dry with additional cherry and apricot brandy covered bread notes to polish it off. Soft carbonation with a syrupy palate. Good stuff that should be tried at least once. 2003 vintage rated.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Pours with a bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing. The bubbles are fine toward the rim of the glass and grow larger at the center. Has a Cognac colored body that looks clear and balanced. A fruity alcohol aroma with just a hint of cream soda. The aroma can be sensed from a foot or more away from the glass. Up close an aroma of nuts, yeast, alcohol, and malt makes an extravagant appearance. Sweet, fruity, brandy like flavors surround the senses in a mellow cocoon while the warming alcohol presence lulls you into a sense of calm and profound relaxation. Overall I have to say that this beer is certainly in a class by itself and defines the word class. Now I know what a true first rate barlywine tastes like. I just can't wait to buy the appropriate glasses for this incredible beer. Truly rare.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aggressively carbonated, many teeny bubbles. dissipating light brown head tops a rusty ruby body. Totally dominated by alcohol. some spices, dry grains. tart and cidery with must and earthy undertones, hints of caramel. creamy grain caramel front leading to intense dryness with residual ripe fruity notes and more caramely grain character. Very warm and dry, it leaves your mouth and belly strangely empty feeling. interesting
JorisPPattyn (7886) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(2003 vintage) Clear amber; yellow-amber head, very quickly gone. Very malty nose, roasted and sweet malts, alcohol as from a liqueur, fruity, especially grapes. Sweet-fruity taste, caramel, roasted malts, toffee. Slight-bitterish taste as from roasted cake - brandy cake. Retronasal almonds and apricot brandy. The more it warms up, the more I seem to detect Maillard? Fiery alcohol burn, fully viscous liquid, slowly leaving a hot trail in the throat. The revived classic. I seem to remember the Swiss original as less fiery - but not less distinctive. Thank God this was saved.