Boutip (5357) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a light dark beer with a huge head with excellent retention. Aroma is comprised of sweet plums and some nice malt. Taste is quite wonderful with again the plums/raisins sweetness being noticeable. It ends with a wonderful warm feeling. Overall, this is a very good barley wine and would like to taste this again on a warm winter night.
Metalhead (641) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 I’ve seen this stuff in the store for the last couple years but finally decided to grab some after reading all these good reviews.
2004 vintage served at about 50 degrees. Smelled it as soon as I popped the cap. Big hops aroma with a bit of sweetness. Poured a deep semi murky amber with a half finger head. Tasted fairly big hops with a mild malt presence. Bitter with a somewhat caramally finish that left the lips sticky.
Good but IMO highly over rated as I wasn’t that impressed.If it weren't for the great aroma I would have given this a 2.8. I’ll age 3 of these and see if it improves next year.
LiamPatrick16 (124) - Montgomery, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
reddish brown color little to no head. nice barley wine aroma of alcohol and fruit. very intense flavor. it is very rich and filling. the fruit and alcohol aroma follow to the taste and provide the rich and complex/intense bittersweet ss flavor. great hops/malts.
Hoppenheimer (5) - Schaumburg, USA - AUG 19, 2004 does not count
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Strong hoppy, malty almost medicial aroma. Cloudy medium brown color. Rocky short lived head. Bitter (hops + full city roasted malts) initial taste fades to a sweet HOPPY aftertase. Way on the bitter side of malt/hop ballance (2000 model year tasted 8/19/04).
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
´98 bottle, thanks to mwsf. darkish brown with a bit of purple. huge aroma of sultana, sugar beet, pine. full and luscious in the mouth, oak and a hint of tannin tartness. not a lot of bitterness left in it after 6 years but still some grassy and fresh hop flavours in the finish
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2006 Was amber with a tan head. Very hoppy bitter taste. I tasted this at a vintage beer tasting with unlimited samples. Not sure on the year, but it seemed very bitter. I will try this fresh when I get the chance.
Score has been updated, but notes have not.
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Tasty and thick. It might be a bit overhopped, but it’s one of the best I have had. I’d put it right behind Victory Old Horizontal and above the other barley wines I’ve had (mostly English). A superb brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2006 2003 vintage. Murky brown color, not much of a head. Aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. Powerfull flavor of hops with subtle caramel and alcohol. Bitter finish. Light to medium body. This is a great barley wine oriented on hops.
rajendra82 (999) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 This 12 oz. 2004 vintage bottle was provided to me as an undeserved bonus by a fellow Georgian beer lover. The hazy copper red appearance with a steady carbonation that fed a generous head that left oodles of lacing while dissipating made this is one beautiful looking beer. The initial aroma was a wave on piney cascade hops that nearly singed my nostrils. Deeper sniffs revealed layers of caramel malt, vinous and spicy alcohol, and ripe tropical fruit. The taste was sweet plums, raisins, chestnuts, caramelized sugar, and grapefruit that softened up the palette up front for an unrelenting assault of hop bitterness and peppery alcohol zing that lingered long after each sip. Surprisingly, the finish on the beer was again quite sweet, with a toffee like aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy and quite soothing despite the dance of flavors going on in the mouth. This is one marvelous brew that should improve tremendously with age. Although I did not have the patience to save the one bottle I acquired this year, come 2005, I will surely be jumping all over this one when I see it.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, dark orange colour. Big hoparoma with notes of peach, vanilla, almonds and vanilla. Huge flavour with a big malt and hop presence It feels more balanced than one would expect. Long, pleasantly bitter finish, and fullbodied.