TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001 vintage: Ruddy orange. Tight and puffy pearl foam. Wonderful aroma of raw, broken down malts dripping with caramel and milk chocolate. Slightly vinous with touches of vanilla, woody malt, and vibrant hop accents. Densely creamy carbonation. Begins with a lush caramel and chocolate envelopment. Gooey and refined Maris Otter-like malt character brilliantly overshadows the alcohol. Restrained tannic tingle and airiness continually back the soothing malts amid notes of vanilla, milk chocolate, and fig leaves in the background. Loses some body as it breathes, but the malt thickness remains. Tolerable rubbery alcohol astringency accompanies the plump dried plum flavor. Finishes bitterly hoppy and leafy-edged along with touches of pencil eraser, caramel, vanilla, and highly dextrinous malt. This is even more delicious than its older sibling.
Earlier Rating: 8/26/2003 Total Score: 4.3
Clear russet. Crawling rocky, custard-like froth. Lively aroma, bursting with underripe dates, sweet plums, sherry, and toffeeish Munich malts. Zesty and tangy. Captivating biscuity pale malt interplay with dabs of medicine, coconut, and maraschino cherry. Lightly vinous. Elegantly soft and silky. The creaminess compensates for the medium body. Lightly numbing and resinous palate. Ravishing flavors of medicine, black cherry, and luscious bready malts. Late hints of sherry and earthy hops. Finishes harmoniously chewy, vinous, dry, and leathery, with a delectable glazed malt backing and traces of dried plum, straw, rubber, and lemon rind. The hop bitterness gracefully stifles the titanic malt onslaught. This is a remarkably balanced, luxurious malt-laden, bottle-conditioned beauty, still somehow managing to execute some effective, shining hops.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 Edition: Utterly delicious. Thanks to Muzzlehatch for sharing this delight with me! Massive malt body with tons of sweetness and delightful caramelized fruit notes. Light on the hops, and medium brown in color. The 9.6% abv was very well hidden, and this was a strong ale for the ages.
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My poor dwindling supply of this beauty! I had my second to last yesterday as a birthday treat. It really is a complex and wonderfully eclectic mixture of flavours. Like a fine scotch it has distinctly different notes from first taste to lingering taste to aftertaste...all of them wonderful. I tend not to use flowery prose to describe beers but this one deserves reverance.
PhillyBeer2112 (2610) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cloudy dark amber, medium head fades fast, light carbonation. Classic old ale fruitiness. Persimmon, raisins, dates. Well balanced to avoid cloying in its heavy maltiness. Long finish, heady alcoholic malts, near floral bitterness. Rich and vibrant, strong and drinkable, ready to age for many more years.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber or mahogany with a tannish head, and some spotty lacing. Aromas of caramel hit the nose first. Followed by some vinous qualities. Figs or grapes. Cinnamon and brown sugar. Some bittering hops and alcohol. Flavors contain some caramel and roasted malts. More fruit. Some more alcohol. Bitter hops and hints of that ol cinnamon. Alcohol warms the body on the way down. Thick and chewy with a bitter finish. Thanks to Rastacouere!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown bark in a crimson sunset with tan sticky head & good lacing. Aroma is sweet with all kinds of malts & fig, raisin, very full bodied with some acidity & alcohol notes. The flavor is smooth, mellowed but bright & clean, lots of umami malt body. Finishes very balanced with almost no alcohol notes. Creamy and tasty! Thanks Sham!
Crockett (1029) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2007 2001 vintage. Pours red/brown and for a 3 year beer it is still very lively in carbonation. Burnt butter medium sized head. Trace of oil between the body of the beer and the head. Brown sugar and molases sweet. Alcohol burn is medium. Chocolate and vanilla. Loads of sweet burnt malts and whipped cream. Mineral oil. Very tastey. Great barley wine.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001Deep copper with a quickly dissapating tan head. The aroma is quite strong, caramel, musty, toffee, and some butterscotch. A huge and complex aroma. The flavor is also massive, caramel and butterscotch dominate, with some alcohol coming in towards the end. The palate is exsquisite, full and bitter (even after 4 years). Damn fine brew. Thanks a unch to radiomgb!
Eructoblaster (3290) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2001 bottle. Dark orange-copper hazy body topped with a beautiful, thick and lasting off-white head. Vineous and complex nose that carries chocolate, butterscotch and alcohol aromas. There are also some tiny notes of roasted coffee. Taste is incredibly rich. It is made of varions flavors of chocolate malt, caramel and brown sugar. Lovely smokey hints and warming effect. Finish is long, warming and moderately bitter. That amazing beer clearly deserves to stand among Ratebeer’s top 50. Could not find better for number 200!!!
Aurelius (4603) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to DougShoemaker for bottle # 10425! Quite a find for a Yank in 2004! Rich raisiny, cocoa and alcohol aroma. Dark orange-russet, lightly hazy beer. Slight appearance ding for the screwoff cap. Smooooth for a barleywine. Woody bitterness and light astringency. Some cocoa. Tartish sometimes. Long herb-bitter finish.