maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010 courtesy of Mike. Cloduy amber body with a small white head. Sweet honey and fruit aroma. Sweet fruit, caramel and honey flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
madmitch76 (25537) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
31st August 2012chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2006
THE Barleywine tasting. Bottle won at a GBBF auction! Bottle No 56. Hazy brown beer, little tan head. Light smooth palate, airy. A little caramel and paper. Mild creamy toffee. Mild dried fruits. Hangs together pretty well and for a 14 year old beer has held up very well. However whilst backward extrapolation is subjective - I reckon this was a belter a few years ago. Anyone got one they have kept in the fridge since it was released? :)
Bottle, consumed in May 2006. A bit over the top I’d say. Oxidation is apparent. Liquorice comes through on the palate and the depth of fruit seems to have receded. This leaves something woody, a touch harsh and sweet at the same time. Should have perhaps drunk this earlier but I was hanging on to it for a suitable occasion to share with the Danes.
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white ring around the edge of the glass. Smells of oak, earthy, some tea, touches of sweet malt. Tastes of toffee, some sugary hints, spicy, lots of earthiness. Unfortunately, this did not live up to the excellent 1997 bottle. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2009
Stratford tasting @ Cletus house. Wow 1998 thanks nelson. Pours an amber body with an off white head. Oxidation is present, a malty apple pine and caramel seep through as the primary character, a bit ashy in the mouth with a dull fruity finish. Some darker plum and sugar notes. Good, given its age.
Theydon_Bois (20609) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2017
Bottle split at Hackobock Tasting, massive thanks to Kenneth for liberating this aged whale into the wild ocean, 24/11/16.
Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige cap.
Nose is sweet malt, figgy jam, spice, toffee, fruit esters, light musty underpin.
Taste comprises fruit cake, biscuit crumble, fruit loaf, light smoke, dusty, dates.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid for the age, oxidization has set in but is pretty light, glad to have tried this one and not uncover a dud. omhper (25723) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2004
Bottled. Clear dark amber. Very sweet and really toffeeish. Caramelly and overly sugary. Mature salty finish with sugar and hoppy bitterness. Some beautiful flavours lures beneath the sea of sweetness. Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle # 6843 at Akkurat - Thanks to Patrick for the taste. Cloudy red/brown - offwhite head. Flowery, dusty, honey, mint, berries, licorice, light light hoppy, sweetness/sourness/bitterness. The_Osprey (9120) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2016 November 2016 - Bottle share at CBC Islington. Many thanks to Kenny for this Fuller’s rarity! As ’Fuller’s Vintage Ale 1998’, #04499. Hazy amber with a foamy beige head leaving dotted lacing. Aroma is apple pie, stewed apple, bready, light citrus. Body is smooth with light carbonation. Taste is white bread, apple, oxidised, some toffee and caramel sweetness, spice. A little past its best but still OK. (3.2)
jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Huge thanks to Ken for breaking out this rarely-found vintage! The pour’s deep brown with a small off-white head. The nose is raisin, brown sugar, some prune and newspaper. The taste is oxidized rum raisin ice cream, more dark fruits and heaps of brown sugar sweetness. Jammy body. Drinkable but clearly past its prime! If you’ve still got a bottle, don’t wait to open this up.