Ungstrup (37317) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
Bottled, vintage 2003, sampled July 2006. A deep red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is very complex with notes of peaches, bitter oranges, other over ripe fruits, and Gouda cheese. The flavor is rather sweet (inspite of the 3 year cellaring) and very complex with notes of wood, bitter oranges, and madeira as well as light notes of Gouda cheese. The alcohol burns the mouth slightly, while the mouthfeel is sirupy.hopdog (12445) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Vintage 2004, sampled July 2006. A hazy orange beer with a thin orange head. The aroma is sweet alcoholic with notes of over ripe fruits as well as stored fruits and fresh mango. The flavor is very sweet, but still very balanced with a complex fruit note containing mango, over ripe peaches and more, leading to a dry slightly woody end, which also has hints of prunes. [7/3/8/4/16=3.8]
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2006 2002 Vintage bottle purchased off the GLI vintage ale menu. Poured a dark mahogany color with almost no head. Stronger wet leather aroma with light dark fruits. Tastes of sherry, dark fruits, and molasses. Alcohol content well hidden for being above 10%. 6 3 8 4 15
I bumped the scores up a little based on the 04/05 blend tasted at the Iron Hill Reserve Bottle Tasting. Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
80IBU, this is a biting hoppy barleywine. Flavorful and sour, reminding me of other wonderful brewing accients like Cuvee de Tomee. Opaque red, chestnut colour, with mocha head. Seductive aroma of musty fruit sourness. Floral, spicey, sharp biting. DocLock (10657) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
2003 vintage. Complex fruit aroma and flavors. I’d like to thank Dberger for showing me that you don’t need a lot of words to rate a beer....I tend to get too wordy at times. blipp (9172) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Draft. Pours orange amber with a thin head. Sweet malty aroma. The flavor has sweet malts, cheap scotch, and floral hops. A little hot and muddled. Really not that good.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 15, 2010
750mL bottle, ‘04/’05 blend. Poured near-clear garnety-amber with a nice cap of beige head. The aroma was sour with vinegar and metallic notes leading.. honey, fruit, and a touch of molasses behind.. deeper lines of artificial sweetener and heavy-ish boozage. The flavor found Aspartame laced throughout.. caramel and molasses sugars at the core, picking up tart vinegar and dark fruits as it made its way through the finish.. peppery alcohol, tart fruits, and more sweetener on the warm, but not hot finish. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. not a great flow through the palate.. I didn’t dig this one, but will gladly give it another shot if opportunity presents itself. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 ’05 vintage bottle sampled at the brewpub on 12/3/07: Transparent deep copper amber pour has a thin coating of effervescent white head. Sweet earthy dark caramel malty nose has some aged oxidized complexity and light fruity esters. Starts with a rich, sticky caramel malty sweetness and some fruity brown sugar and raisin complexity toward a slightly warming finish. A nicely aged barleywine.
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2010
04/05 blend sampled on 9/20/06: Pours a slightly hazy copper amber with a thin, wispy off-white head. Semi-sweet, toasty caramel aroma has a nice, light fruity character. Body starts with a semi-sticky sweet caramel and fresh grapefruity hoppiness. Nicely-balanced and well aged. A good barleywine.
On tap, at brewery. Pours a clear dark amber body with a small island of wispy beige head. Big buttery and toffee malt nose, zero preceptable hops. Butterscotch abounds, and it doesn’t work too well for me. The flavor is very candy like and under attenuated with lots of butterscotch and toffee. Light chocolate notes and alcohol on the finish. Very minimal to no hops. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with minimal carbonation. Rather hot on the finish as well. This one just didn’t do it for me. Too sugary sweet and one dimensional, not to mention the underlying butter issue. egajdzis (6502) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2005
2003... Poured a deep purple color with a thin, light tan head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, raisins, toffee, dried fruits and port. Taste was sweet and fruity, more toffee and caramel, with light hop bitterness and alcohol in the finish. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2006
I had the newest vintage (2205 or 06?). Apparently this vintage is one of the cleanest and most rounded, at least thats what the menu said. Pours a deep amber, slightly hazy, and a thin creamy beige head. Aroma is sweet with caramel malts, fruity esters, dried fruits- apricot, raisin etc. Flavor is nicely sweet but blaanced with fruits, caramel, toasted malts, and subtle in the hops. Well rounded mouthfeel and finishes lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness. Very nice overall- I wish I remembered to try some of the vintage phantoms in bottles. Next time!