JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 12, 2004
"03 version. Topaz brown color with a lid of light tan bubbles. Sweet malt, soy sauce, and tropical fruit aromas dominate. Flavors seem to follow the aromas. The linger is malt, butter and salt. Lightly oily. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2001 version, sampled on draft August 2004 in Madison: hazed red-brown, full head quickly runs to the edges…amazing fresh strawberry aroma, drizzled with sweet caramel and sugar crystals. Beautifully developed carbonation delivers luscious juices across the palate: juicy strawberries up front, followed by honey, caramelized alcohol, sweet grass, rose petals and bitter raisins…this one has done well the last three years – I think that I heard them say it was in some sort of bourbon barrel for part of the time, which I never would have guess from the flavours (no over-powering whiskey/alcohol bit), simply great. jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 My only "20" thus far. 2003 edition (from notes). Served at cool room temp in snifter, pulled straight from clarifier tank. Huge sweet-warm nose. Beautiful clear red with off white creamy head. Fresh bread with molasses and nuts. Hoppy notes with late resiny bitterness. Tawny port with notes of wood, honey, pepper, and spice. Complicated, jammy. Great overall.
2005 edition - another winner. Beautiful deep red-brown. Aroma of cherries and brandy. Deeply bitter. Deeply alcoholic. Excellent!!
2006 - just can’t find a fault! This year is yet another excellent beer. Rich, gummy, port-like. Beautiful garnet hue. Another "20" JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 2003 Vintage. This is good stuff. Mahogany body with an off-white head. Good sweet fruity aroma. Big cherry licorice flavor in the start (note, I’m not copying DavidP when I say "big"). Turns into a sticky, resiny hop flavor/feel. Bitter at the end (but not overly bitter). Good mouthfeel, thick. Alcohol isn’t too noicable anywhere. Very enjoyable, both in taste and to see Great Dane experimenting! DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 29, 2004
This beer is a different recipe from the Old Scratch. 2003 Vintage. Big big cherry and chocolate start with oily, resinous citrus hop bitterness. Alcoholy, cherry liqeur aroma. Light alcohol in the finish.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Two years old. Still huge hop character after two years, but very nicely balanced. Hand-pulled, brilliant deep amber body with a soft creamy head. Big soft body full of oak, cherry, brandy, hop flavors. Lingering bitter aftertaste. jdog76 (85) - madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2004
It had nice aroma with a hearty taste. It didn't sit well in my palate. And lost a few points because of the distinct alcohol/wine taste which is obviously the case when it comes to barlywines. You'll probably love it or you'll hate it. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2002
2001. Clear orange, very thin head; looked absolutely identical to the IPA. Initially very hoppy and bitter; good body. Smoothes out and malt does increase somewhat as it warms, a brandy character becoming the most dominant flavor note. Rather dryish finish. Needs more aging I'd say.