BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My last bottle from 1999. Murky chocolate brown hue with good off-white head and excellent lace. Aroma is heavy molasses, raisin, apricot and burnt malt. Hints of sugar cookie, earthy yeast, aromatic hops. Minor alcoholic nose. Big fruity sweet taste initially with a dose of bitterness, spiciness and smoke towards the finish. Sticky and oily mouthfeel is accompanied by a warming alcohol presence. The brandy comparision is appropiate. Different from many barley wines as this one is more sublime in it's attempts to overthrow your palate, complex still enough. Very good brew and the aging seemed to work well. I have 2001 and 2002 bottles to compare. Highly recommended.
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden yeast floaties in this dark brown beer. The head is well developed half inch. Smells like cookies, oatmeal cookies, brown sugar, cereal, smells awesome. Bitter flavor at first, not very sweet. Subtle and rich. Its like a bitter candy, maybe toffee. Very nice.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a thin head and nice lace on the sides of the snifter. Due to the sediment and the color, it is not the most attractive glass I've had. The aroma is malty and hoppy. The taste is malty with a good dry finish and not a sweet as other Barley Wines. The pallet is only moderately thick for a Barley Wine. I like the subtlety of this one.
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Looks deep brown and orange, murky and thick. Head faded rapidly. Aroma of dense, sweet malts, with a citrusy note at the end. Flavor initially is of thick, almost cloying malts, with only bitterness from the hops. As this beer warms up, the flavors really open up. Toffee and caramel from the malt, balanced by citrus hops, with notes of orange. Much, much better when warmer, as brandy notes develop as well. Thanks for the 2nd bottle Indra, now I have one to let rest a while.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber/brown body topped by a thin off white head with a good amount of lacing. Slightly sweet malty aroma with good fruity hop notes and a touch of caramel. Slightly sweet caramel malt flavor to start, turning piney from hops with a touch of alcohol. The finish is slightly sweet yet bitter and hoppy. Full bodied and smooth yet slightly tingly and warming.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark red color,small head that faded fast.Small amount of suspended yeast that didn't seem to want to settle.Malty,caramel taste with a nice hint of fruit and hops.The after taste being much the same with a nice wine like medium heavy feel.This is a wonderful brew and well worth seeking out if you can find it.
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep red-brown in colour. Aroma was nicely hopped, citrusy, some sweetness and some alcohol. Flavour had lots of caramel, hops, citrus, slight alcohol with a thick, full body. Finishes with a nice bitterness, some alcohol and slightly dry. Thanks hopscotch.
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Very good. Looks like feces. Tastes better and better as it warms. In fact, do not drink this - too - COLD. A nice variety of flavors. Something for a small group of good friends... On a camping trip. Itíd be good for the holidays. Warms you up with a hearty smile. Very special. UPDATE 1/30/05: wow. i havenít had this beer in such a long time. well, itís not how i remembered it albiet wonderful. i chilled it in my fridge, then drank it very slowly. it definitely tastes smoked, a bit salty, and quite complex. emphasis here is not the hops. thereís also caramel, wood, and dark fruits and spices. aftertaste is quite woody, bitter, and salty. what stands out the most is the salt and smoke. this is awesome! however, iíve downrated since iíve grown more experienced. (original: 9/2/9/4/19, now 8/3/7/4/17) has the recipe changed? have i tasted not the same vintage?
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep copper with the yeast in suspension. A malty, toffee, alcohol aroma. Sweet with toffee, alcohol. Very heavy in the body and a very smooth palate. Great flavors...I needed more time with this beer.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definately one of my favorite beers! I have a six pack saved from 2 years ago and just cracked one open. Wow amazing nose with fine head that quickly dissapates. Somewhat murky dark amber color. First taste is a winey carmel sweetness that quickly makes its way into the hop zone. It seems to have mellowed from when I last tried. The taste is flooded with complexity (prunes, raisins with cherry notes and even a whisp of tobacco) Wait for this one to warm up and be amazed. Buy some now and put away for a couple of years !!