thepatrickman (1457) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2017 tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, - DEC 22, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vinous and fruity, sweet and sugary aroma with some sherry-like oxidation apparent. Opaque, muddy, brown body with a low but lasting tan head that recedes to partial cover. Roasty and charred charcoal flavour is very vinous and fruity with some notes of cocoa in the sugary sweetness. Medium body with low carbonation that feels quite dry despite the obvious sweetness. Bottle sampled at Barry’s housewarming tasting.
2001 bottle (it’s 16 years old at this point!). This held up about as well as you’d expect for a sub-10% barleywine that would be able to get a driver’s license this year if it was a person. Almost all flavor has been muted, with just some general maltiness remaining from the original bottling, mixed with moderate oxidization and a touch of soy sauce. Still, it’s held up alright and it was really fun to try something with this much age on it! johnnnniee (4405) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle shared Friday night by Dan, thanks for the opportunity.
I’ve had this on a few occasions but never fresh. Shows its age but drinks better than I thought it would. Still some caramel sweetness, it must have been syrupy fresh. Light cardboard and sherry notes, light fruit and a somewhat bitter earthy flavor that at times seemed a bit harsh. At almost 15 years old has certainly declined, but still quite drinkable. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Random bottle I picked up in a beer store in NH. Pours mahogany with a thin off white head. Smells vinuous, earthy, some tea notes. Tastes lightly tarte with lots of tea like qualities. Definitely on the decline, but enjoyable. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2008
Thanks to brewandbbq for this rare and retired treat. Looks like this is at least 3 years old, and probably older. Pours a ruddy, dark, reddish-brown body with a small, foamy, beige colored head. Sudsy lacing leaves minimal, spotty traces behind on the glass. Aromatics include rich caramel, figs, dates and toffee. Some long since faded, earthy hops leave a spicy, peppery note on the nose. Flavors are a touch oxidized at this point, but still quite enjoyable. Caramel and toffee sweetness is intercepted by peppery hop bitterness, and it then fades back into the sweet, fruity realm on the finish. A good deal of vanilla shines through, as well. Very sherry-like, overall. The body is substantial and smooth, with relatively low carbonation. This feels like its a bit past its prime, but still quite enjoyable. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Thanks for this rare sample, Indra. Poured with a dark ruby body and a yellowish head. The aroma was rich with toffee, some old prunes and molasses. You can tell this has a few years on it. The taste was sweet molasses with lots of pears and toffee. The carbonation was very smooth. A nice barley wine, too bad this brewer is not around anymore.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Huge thanks to Eric/Indra for this contribution to the 2005 KC holiday party. This bottle is 4 years old. Dark reddish color with a hazy head. The aroma is brown sugar, honey, citrus, and dark fruits. Taste is honey, brown sugar, turbino sugar caramel, spicy hops and a sweet, lingering finish. Mouthfeel is average to above average. A nice example of an aged barleywine. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Provided by Indra (Thanks a million). All kinds of browns, yellows and oranges, with a thin head. Cherry, caramel, toffee, and background hop aroma. For my palate, all the flavors were so well blended that it was hard for me to pick out specific flavors. I guess that’s kind of the point of cellaring. Lush mouth feel. Completely coats the tongue and finished clean. Fabulous. PhillyBeer2112 (2884) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Wow, thanks to Indra for this rare treat! Rich fruity aroma, with some burnt malts and tobacco leaf. Just a tad oxidized, but the touch of sherry actually adds a welcome character and complexity. Fruity and bready, biscuity malts. Peppery alcohol burn. Amber color, but shows clear at the edges, looks like whiskey in the glass. Minimal head and carbonation. Nicely bitter finish. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
Unfiltered pour is betrayed by heavy chunks. Chestnut brown covered by a yellow film. Fruited brown sugar and overall yeasty character strike as rather bready with plenty of crystal malts and burnt toffee flavours. Very sweet in mouth, candyish brown sugar leanings with severe hop backings, mostly fruity and leafy with emanating citrus character toward the finish that lingers on with the coating sugar. Low carbonation and medium body may be growing tired as I feel they could tighten the flavours together with a bit more expertise, thus uplifting the focus from the crystal malts heaviness a bit.