Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottle: Great caramel and banana bread aroma with a nice hop balance. Pours an orangish-reddish-brown with an insignificant tan head. Lots of sediment and no transparency. Nice balance of malt up front and hops in the finish. Lots of caramel, toffee, light banana bread with an excellent balanced hop finish. Would really like to know how old this bottle was. Thanks to Styles for a sample and a bottle of my own.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2005
It’s finally been released again 3 years later and now I get to see what it’s like fresh. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some citrus. Pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small white head that fades quickly to a ring. Flavor has lots of caramel up front and some sugary sweetness. Banana bread is barely there. Finishes with lots of citrus hops and alcohol. Nice, but not as nice as the ’02. With 12oz bottles for the ’05 release, it will be easier and more affordable to stock up on several bottles to age, and I plan to do just that. Ratings for a fresh bottle would be 8-4-7-4-15.
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2006 Bottle from Styles. Hazy brown color with a ton of sediment. Scant white head. Huge rich malt aroma with tons of dark fruit, alcohol, tobacco. Very nice!! Full bodied. Smooth. Suprising hop bitterness is still present. Alcohol is abundant. When will they make more???9/3/8/4/17goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
2005 12oz. bottle from Silphium consumed Oct. ’06. Ruddy mahogany in color, clear. Fast fading light beige head that becomes just a ring of foam at the edge of the glass. Decent lacing. Strong malty/fruity aroma mixes with moderate doses of alcohol and is quite pleasant. Full bodied and coating. Nice carbonation. Very tasty, malty and sweet but more than adequately balanced with the hop bitterness and flavor. Alcohol abounds but never becomes abrasive or harsh. Bitterness balances oh so nicely in the finish. Very nice and bumping up the original score on this bottle.
Pored a muddy brown color with a medium light tan head and huge chunks on the bottom of the glass. Aroma of dark fruit, grapes, caramel, toasted malt, hard fruity candy, and alcohol. Flavor of dark fruits and alcohol. Alcohol is very evident but somewhat balnced with the sweetness. Long bitter and warming finish. Failry full bodied. scraff (2125) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Aged bottle - not sure of the year though...but I know it was aged. Deep coppery amber, thin fizzy white head. A rich and complex nose of fig, toasted caramel, prune, and soft roasted coffee. Got a slight musty vinous note laying just below the surface too. Very well balanced throughout, with the aging hoppiness blending perfectly with the sweet malt. Medium to full bodied, soft smooth carbonation, drying, caramel and dark fruity finish. This was an excellent brew and highly recommended. Thanks to who ever brought this to the Kuhnhenn get together (I can’t remember - I was hammered) Wohlfs? jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2004
deep ruddy color, with a light beige head. lightly grape/pear aroma, with plent of malt behind the hoppy fruit. brown sugar-like too. wow...very alcoholic mouthfeel, lots of toffee-caramel and burnt brown sugar flavors, with just a hint of lingering bitterness. quite good, but has a bit too much alcohol burn.
beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2004
Strong Belgian Ale aromas - nutty and sweet caramel-toffee and behind the malty battles lie some good hops. A rich dark brown coloured beer, this had a nice mouthfeel and a lingering bitter alcohol-warmed finish. Solid. Silphium (3224) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2004
I’ve been casually searching for this beer for over a year and finally to my excitement found one lone bottle! Pours a deep red-brown with a thin-medium tan head. Big raisin/prune/plum notes punctuate the aroma which also includes caramel and grapefruity hops. The raisin and prune carry over to the flavor, complemented by a touch of soy. Powerful and slightly astringent, finishing with grapefruit/pine hops bitterness and a bit of burning alcohol. Hints of chocolate as well. I imagine this was quite a hop monster when it was fresh; I reckon this bottle was nearly two years old and the hops were still pretty intense. A big, interesting beer that I hope is brewed again. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
This brew pours with a slightly cloudy deep amber brown body topped by a a thin to medium thick with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, malty and caramelly with a slight brown sugar note. Nice aroma. The flavor is slightly sweet yet bitter and salty with a slight maltiness and a touch of brown sugar. Full bodied and smooth yet tingly. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(22 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Very malty and sweet, strong alcohol and quite bitter, but the finish is fairly harsh; Sticky and sweet like a barleywine should be, but a harshness hangs on the palate; The nose is malty, sweet and very strong; Amber/brown color and quite cloudy; Big tan head has solid retention for awhile, but eventually fades to a ring SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 28, 2004
Bottle - thanks to marinaro500 for this one in a trade! Dark garnet brown with a little off-white head and nice lacing. Rich, dark malts in the aroma, brown sugar, spice and alcohol. Nice flavor, sweet and spicy, noticible and plenty of hoppiness. Smooth full body, light and creamy carbonation. A very nice BW style.