MiP (15378) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light brown colour, no head. Looks very flat. Semi-sweet, peppery. Could use more flavour. Not good enough for a beer with this high ABV.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Ungstrupís - thanks. Clear brown - white head. Nutty. Dryness. Nice malty. Wooden notes. Valnuts. Light dusty. Nice.
FatPhil (14882) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2009 (7:4:8:5:16=4.0)
Dry grainy aroma, really nutty. Soft carbonation. Very dry palate. Raisins in the taste accompany a rich malt with loads of dry nutty papers. Some plum too. Do add some of the sediment - it adds to the aroma and the taste - bumps up the fruitiness. The hoppiness is very bitter, and quite biting. The finish is dry and aged, and very very long. Great hoppy bite and great balance. And great raisins.
Rerate: 568ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) Drunk 2014 (7:4:8:4:15+=3.8)
Dusty aroma, slightly old. Sweet and simple nice barley wine, but seems diluted. Not peaking any more, perhaps. Toffee malts hook me the more I drink. Amazingly light palate. Still grand, but not as good as the 5-year-old.
Benzai (14654) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Joes @ weekly tasting. Vertical 04-09-10-11-12-13. Clear dark orange color, virtually no head. Aroma is quite sweet. Taste is also pretty sweet, pretty alcoholic, a bit liquor, possibly a hint of sherry. Might be too old. Interesting though.
bhensonb (14475) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle No. 80804. Beautiful reddish amber color with a very impressive white head. Bits and pieces of lacing all over the glass. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Starts lightly roasted in a vinous sort of way. Heat is noticeable, but itís warming and doesnít interfere with the flavors of fruit, especially berry. In fact, though it took a while to hit me, thereís cherry in here. Quite smooth. A bit like a well aged sherry. The finish is woody, dry, malty (still dry) and bitter enough. Dang, but it is a good thing to have.
gunnfryd (14363) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Red deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, cherry, alcohol, sugar, licorice. Flavour is alcohol, hop, malt, sugar, cherry, licorice. Nice beer.
Tmoney99 (13891) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #65118. Dark amber color with medium white head. Good aroma of malt and citrus. Medium body with smooth creamy texture. Full good flavor with a small alcohol bite at the finish. I look forward to 2005 version.
Ratman197 (13870) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a small lasting light amber head. Aromas of raisins, figs, apples and molasses. Palate was fulll bodied and warming. Flavors of dark fruit, molasses, some earthiness and toffee with a smooth warming lingering sweet finish.
imdownthepub (13682) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conditioned, No. 04824, 500ml from Sainsburys in Banbury. Brown to toffee colour with cream head. Rich fruity flavours with a port like smooth body, some dark caramel notes in a homogenous but heady mix. Sliky rich finish, very decent.
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 91879) Very large beige head atop a crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, bready, some earthy, vanilla, light herbal. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, vanilla, alcohol, light raisin, toffee, minimal bitterness. Finishes with moderate alcohol. Watery medium-full body. Too much alcohol presence, and in my opinion, definitely a notch below earlier vintages I have tried (99-01).