dirkbreedveld (288) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2014 One of the best barley wines of the world, also available of draught. Will keep for years. Very complex in flavours/aroma’s. Very hartwarming beer.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small bottle. Wow. Pours very dark with a big, dark, rocky head. Smells wonderfully fruity and spicy. Very Belgian flavor (makes sense), a little alcohol burn. Dry finish. Excellent.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Very rich and creamy belgian, the belgian yeast balances with the hops with a slightly moist yellow cakey sweetness and a touch of spice. Complex to say the least. Consistency is thick for beer and best described as slightly syrupy.
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a surprisingly dark brown, capped by an abundant creamy tan head. Complex aroma of dark fruit (raisins), spices (cinnamon), sweet maltiness, and alcohol. Flavor is delicious: sweet, fruity, spicy, and floral, with only the slightest alcohol burn in the finish. Very well balanced; the sweetness is countered excellently by a slight bitterness from the alcohol as well as some of the spicyness. An awesome thick nectar in the mouth. Fantastic concoction!
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is raisin with apparent alcohol. Flavor is sweet, dried fruit with a nice finish that hides the alcohol better than the aroma. Very nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. A great beer.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2007 Dark brown color, heavy sweet malty aroma and taste, full body, long sweet light alcoholic finish.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark amber brown w/thick off white head. Toffee, carmel, chocolate and malt nose. Heavey mouthfeel with foaminess and a sweet lingering finish. Molasses, toffee, chocolate, cherry and light sourness. Great beer!!
ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
25.4 ounce bottle with cork and basket stopper purchased from Wilbur’s Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, for $8.99. Happy birthday to me. What a beer! Really very unique. The appearance is nothing exceptional -- kind of cloudy like you would expect a BCA to be, but a rich thick head and lots of lacing! Incredible aroma! Mix chocolate, raisins & rye bread rising just before it goes in the oven. Wow! Amazing taste. Very unexpected! Not the flavor I had expected from the color. Raisin, plum, yeast, a ripe banana note, high note of pineapple, but not overly sweet. My friend, who shared part of this bottle said, "Like baked raisins with all the sugar turned into alcohol." Not much of the toasted malt or chocolate tastes I had been expecting -- just a total and wonderful surprise! What a rich, round feel! The bottle said to serve this at 52 to 56 degrees F., and that was right! Smooth without being syrupy -- I hardly wanted to swallow this, it was so nice in the mouth. Can’t believe they sell this at the brewery for about 1 Euro a bottle!
This beer is for special occasions, and worth it. Enjoy!
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 bottle. opened in honor of RED SOX game 2 win in the World Series... color of hot fudge with a fluffy tan head... aroma of syrupy ripe fruits, port, toffee.... flavor of rum cake heavy on the liquor, spice notes... bitter chocolate... smooth, slick, and oh so warming me up on this Boston night.
Aubrey (3490) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2014 Murky dark brown. Sweet, enticing nose. Smoothly effervescent, soft and syrupy. Rich malts, with toffee, cake and brown sugar. Lesser notes of chocolate, raisins, bananas, pears, toasted caramel, and herbs. Finishes a bit sticky. Balancing bitterness. Warming, cozy and a pleasure to drink.