RaveDigity (2) - USA - NOV 9, 2005 does not count
2003 Vintage, one of the best beers I have ever tasted. Aroma was intense but inviting, raisin, and malty. Carmel, mild fruit and scotch all come through a nice strong head. lowner (18) - astoria, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
I can't believe this was never rated before. Thiswasby far the best beer at the Brookly Split Thy Skull Barleywine fest in 2003 and was at least as amazing at the Inn. This is a true english styled barleywine. Its dark, unbelievably sweet but in my opnion a touch more complex than Heavyweight Old Salty (another no-brainer premier barleywine). As smooth as a 10+% alcohol barleywine could possible be. Awesome!!!! MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
This year known as McGlynn's Ghost. Deep orange brown in color, with a thin head. Pear liquor aroma with the sticky smell of malt and hops mixed in together. Sticky malty chewey carmel flavor, with lots of hops to balance it out. Enjoyable sipping brew! Shag (3071) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2005
Poured a reddish brown color. A very sweet flavor with some molasses, raisins, oranges, and cherries. The alcohol is well hidden. The aftertaste is somewhat sour and warming. A good one! dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Shared bomber bottle at the brewery thanks to the owner. No name on the bottle. He just said it’s their barleywine and this is the only barleywine listed. This was another good one. Nice sweet malt taste.
DocLock (11214) - 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. JFGrind (2080) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2005
The General Lafayette is offering vintage bottles on a selection of their beers. I purchased a 12 ounce bottle of 2003 vintage McGlynn’s Ghost (The Pahantom) for $12 USD. It was worth every penny! Heavy fruity aroma, dark red color, flat head, but overall a complex barleywine with a perfect marriage of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Blend of 04 and 05 vintages. Attractive dark ruddy body with a small, silky beige head. Aroma has some nice cherry fruit and vinous characters plus organic elements of dark honey and bright woodsy hops. Flavor brings a nice blend of fresh hops and some more mature cherry and dark fruit skin characters. Pleasant level of sweetness with good counter-balance. Nice, interesting blended barley wine and a positive introduction to General Lafayette for me.
Ungstrup (39079) - 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 (13315) - 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.