5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2005
Bottle (Batch #5) pours a dark dull amber, small off-white fizzy head that quickly settles, quite a bit of sediment floating about, with fairly attractive lacing.   Sweet malty nose, fermented fruit, campfire, and alcohol on the nose.   Loads of malts, peat, and charred wood on first sip.   Seems almost more of a Doppelbock than a Barley Wine.   Is this mis-labeled?   Great body, but mouthfeel seems uneventful.   Finishes with quite a bit of charred wood and malts, fairly sweet.   Decent, but nothing like its former self... meh... jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Batch #5 Nov. 2004 Hazed reb-amber body topped by a creamy manila head. Glass lace is excellent. The aroma is quite different from the old barrel-aged version, sweet fruity malts, citrus, and alcohol. The flavor is loaded with alcohol all the way throughout, sweet caramel malts and some fruity/earthiness also. The alcohol flavor is just too far forward. It is close to being very good, but with all the forward grain alcohol flavor it is just not working. Full mouthfeel, tingly on the tongue. Not nearly as warming as you would guess given the alcohol flavor. Normally I do not object to alcohol flavor in beer but this one really gets to me. Verdict, it was far better barrel-aged. The vinous and wood worked with the alcohol while now the alcohol is just out there all by itself. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2005
My goodness, this is good! An ever-so-slight tinge of Isopryl Alcohol-like bite gets your tastebuds ready for the flavor explosion that is about to be detonated on your tongue. Sweet, subdued malt hide the hops slightly. The high ABV is masked superbly; don’t chug this one, even though the mild flavor could certainly lend itself to doing that. A true treat, this is. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 4, 2005
poured a nice looking ruby red with some brownsneaking in.the head was really creamy and boasted a balanced white/brown color.the aroma gave me bannana’s,malts,and a bit of alcohol.te flavor was a smooth balance of hops,malts,and a hint of smoke.overall,very nice stuff. hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Poured a darker and murky copper color with almost no head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, sweet malts, alcohol and light citrus. Sweet with an alcohol bite to it. Sherry/brandy like in aromas and tastes as well. I’m disappointed this was not BA’ed (I really liked the pre-Batch 5 version and was let down to find out this wasn’t after I ordered a few bottles).
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Poursa cloudy orange/amber witha halo of an off-white head/ Aromas of caramel, toasted nuts, and a cereal. Slightly perfumy, with hints of citrus. Mouthfeel is is almost syrupy, without being syrupy, yet medium bodied. Flavors aren’t very appearant until things heat up, but they still don’t manage to come close to that of this brews older daddy. Finishes fairly dry with the main flavors being that of a smokey charcoal hint, followed by a little caramel and some clove with a semi dry, light hopped finish. Kinda dissapointing to say the least., but still a very nice brew. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
This brew pours a red/copper color, lots of very small particles are suspended in the brew, floating like little cosmonaughts in space. Even though this brew is no longer aged in wine barrels it still carries a small touch of wine scent amongst all the rich sweet malts and citrus hops. The most notable flavors in this, while i’m not saying its the best qualities of laviathans personality, are a slight smoked flavor throughout, a salty finish, and alcohol throughout. I’m not sure if this just sneaked by me previously in the earlier batches, or if the wine barrel deodorant covered them up. The hops are very piney and sharp, while very strong, they will allow for good aging. Since this beer is very young right now I will give it some time to mature, till then i’m goin back to the store and buy a few more Batch 3’s. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 18, 2005
Deep oxidized copper color with a taller head for style that settles to a more typical lid of beige bubbles. Initial whiff after the pour revealed much medicine and band-aides to help the healing. A rest was given to let the volatiles hopefully escape. Much relief was found when the hospital wing was replaced with a fruit and flower stand. Mild rose, touch of pine and some dark berries lurk. Actually the aroma improves significantly from start to finish (from a 6 to an 8) Thin vale of lace on the side of the snifter. Light silk and oil feel, but a touch of acidity late leaves the mouth a bit scorched. Quite dry from the start. Dark heavy caramel mixes with marmalade and dry biscuits. Spice and hops hit in the finish along with a hint of sharp medicinal alcohol. Orange and lemon zest mingle with mace and white pepper. Very dry woody finish. As good as the barrel aged? No, at least not yet. The bottle I had had that was barrel aged was a couple years old and this was bottled just two months ago. I can see this one mellowing quite well. Plus, if no barrel aging mean we get more of this in the midwest, i’m all for it. Sorry barrel aging geeks. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Just realized upon purchasing a bottle of batch 4, that this rating is for batch 5, so I’ve put it where it belongs. Garnet red colour with a huge lasting creamy pale yellow head and very sticky lace. Sweet malty aroma, orange, caramel, biscuity malt with a nice brandy like aroma. Flavour is also sweet and malty. Quite vineous. Orange and spicy malt are apparent before the bright and intense hopping starts to come out with pine, resin, and spice being noted. Very well-balanced with a long sticky finish that reminds me of brandy or sherry. As it warms there is even more maltiness, light molasses and brown sugar. Very complex and delicious, like a fine sherry. Warming ABV is noted as well. Sublime. 3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2005
12oz bottle. Slightly murky dark red color. Hot and hoppy only 1 month from being bottled, when sampled in December 2004. Nose is similar to a fresh Bigfoot but not as intense with the hops. Some plum and wood and caramel in the aroma. Flavor is a light mixture of nutty fruit and semi-sweet sugar, with considerabe tart, woody hops. Young, and not too bad to drink, but certainly lost the unique character of the previous barrel aged batches.