Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Aroma is alcohol, dried fruit, caramel. Taste has a little heat to it with caramel, butterscotch, and sugar. oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours a hazy medium reddish brown. Aromas of light fruit, hops, caramel malts, kind of medicinal. Flavor is to strong for me, big alcohol taste, malty with a spicy taste. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle picked up - aged 3 years. The first thing I’ve noticed about this ale was the strong alcohol smell. The taste had the same - strong alcohol. Took awhile to warm up to me. Then it kicked my butt. Perfect for a single digit night. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2009 Pours a cloudy orange amber with tan head. The aroma is fruity, plummy, ginger, orangey hint. The flavor is great with fruity notes upfront (apricot, figs) with a minty undertone. There’s also evident gingery spicyness. Has a slightly sweet background, toffeeish, with a later alcohol flavor and a late dry bitterness. Not very drinkable. thegreenrooster (4512) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Pour is orange with a soft white head. Aroma is super sweet with great fruits and malts used. Flavor is a bit dark fruit with a malty undertone. Hops are present and so is the alcohol but not in a bad way. Finish is a bit hot from the alcohol but again nothing that will knock your socks off. A very nicly done barley wine. Will definatly warm you during the cold months.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2008
Dark copper body with a white head. Loads of alcohol, hops and caramel malts in the nose with some woody notes. Sweet, thick and boozy especially as it goes down. Complex, messy and somewhat over the top. RoyceH (1200) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle at Magic_dave6’s disco dance tasting. Orange red, thin white film. Nose is antiseptic, white sprit. Some hop. Mouth is sweet, alcoholic, sweet malty hop, harsh and warming. Coating and a nice fruity goodness. Good, but not a return visit due. ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Poured a really nice looking apricot orange color with an orange tan head. Aroma immediately reminded me of port wine. Raisins and prunes. I did not know that it had been conditioned on dates and figs, but that makes perfect sense now. There was a lot of fruit on the nose of this beer, but it was fighting tooth and nail with the alcohol. I would definitely go for the alternative option on this beer. Let it age, let the alcohol astringency mellow, and this has the potential to be one hell of a beer. Will definitely revisit. epf33 (227) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
unlike the picture, mine had a neon green cap with a warning sign on top. very strong!! according to the bottle you have to leave it in a plastic bag in a pit somewhere for a year, i only left it in there for 3 months... close enough! spicy finish BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Full palate.. as in full of garbage. No, that was harsh, the full flavored cream/ sweet malt presence to balance the 15%. Some funk in the nose, also a sweet profile. Definitely can tastes the sweet dates and figs.