MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep ruby. Candy, taffy, fruity, powdery sugars. Not well masked, strong, sweet, peachy/fruity. Sugars last too long. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Garnet with tan head. Nose has hints of fruit, molasses, toffee. Decent body and mouthfeel. Flavor has some sweetness. Caramel. Puts me in mind of another spirit. Maybe a fortified wine like a port. Not bad. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle- 2003 Vintage (score=2.3). Mega syruppy sweet barlewine. Boot polish aroma, heaps of fruitcake, raisin and figs, very cloying. 2004 vintage on [email protected]
(score=3.5): Sweet caramel and raisin, sweet, but this tap 2004 version was better balanced than the 2003 from the bottle. Re-rate: Bottle- vintage 1997. Really sweet raisiny as usual, but this has developed a toasted character, which is quite nice, kind of like raisin toast, mellowed a bit it and less sweet than when young 3.7 (my score is a rough average of the 3.
Bottle- 03 vintage- Batch 11- Pours a clear dark amber/crimson color. Small whtie head. Aroma is dark cherry soda, buttermilk biscuits, tofee and a little alcohol and cherry juice tickles the nose. Flavor starts sweet and goes into a very creamy tofee malt thing. Lots of cinnamon and caramel. kyzr (1546) - Montana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2003: Light aromas of dried fruit. Deep color with very little head. Flavors of sour apples with a bitter finish. Needs to stand for a few years.
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2005
Bottled: Orange coloured. Clear. Beige small head. Alcohol is dominating the aroma. Flavour of fruit, alcohol and some grape (sourness). Very alcoholdense in the end. I really like some of the american Barley Wines, but this is pretty average and onedimensional. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2008
12-oz. #10--this is a ’99 bottling tasted in 08. Still has a gasp under the cap, good sign. Still pours up a big head, good sign. Pours deep murky dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick, creamy tan head and lots of sudsy lace. Huge nose of toffee, fresh-cut hardwood, apples, caramel, and rubbing alcohol. Medium, slightly creamy body. Still got a bit of carb spritzing around in the farther corners here and there. Apples, caramel, toffee, woodiness, tobacco, leather--all those delectable aged BW notes are here. Unfortunately, they brought over their unpleasant neighbor, a fumigant, harsh rubbing alcohol note that gets worse and worse from the attack through the finish. Super dry alcohol finish. This is a hot and bothered beer even at 9 years of age. All the yummy flavors together are so enticing, but then that burning twang comes in...it’s like hanging out with the most beautiful woman you’ve met in a while and then watching her pee her pants. jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Muted fruity aroma with some plum and raisin. Slightly off flavor of dirty and funky cheese. Not very pleasant there. Lacking the complexity and balance of many of the bw’s I’ve had recently. Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
Pours ruby amber with a small white head.Sweet malty. Oxidized with a bit of port and lots of dark fruit. Cellar, fruit and caramel. Medium bodied. A bit over the top. 012 bottling. tmrmwel (2089) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2013
On tap @ Bridgeport Brewing. Pours clear amber with a finger thick head. Aroma is caramel malts, burned sugar , coffee and chocolate. Medium body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with roasted malts, caramel, kandi and notes of oak.