oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2006
This is one big ASS beer. Pours a nice deep dark golden brown color. Aromas of hay, hop flowers, carmel malts, candy sugar, honey. Flavor: oak, caramel malts, grapefruit, light hops, brown sugar, and alcohol. This beer is to big and bad for my palate.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2006
Murky deep amber colour with a tan head. Malty aroma with a plum fruityness and hints of the hops. Malty sweet flavor with notes of dried fruit. Hoppy dry finish with a nice warming alcohol note. PorterPounder (7965) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Blue Max Liquors, Burnsville, Mn. - 12 oz bottle - 2005 edition. Murky, dark orange appearance, fluffy, thick off-white head. Very fragrant, wee bit of alcohol, some caramel, spruce and citrus in the aroma. Very well balaced. Some hoppy citrusy notes, maple syrup, spearmint, with a nectarine back end. Mouthfeel is thick and silky. One of the smoothest barley wines of this weight I have had. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2004 vintage via trade with notalush - Thanks Brandon! - Pours ruby with a big tan head that stayed pretty well. Nice aroma of caramel malts and c-hops. Some dark cherries there as well.. Flavor is very sweet at first. Notes of caramel and even a touch of brown sugar before the citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and a touch of orange take over on this. Still you seem to be left with a sweet lingering cherry and caramel aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more. Palate is full bodied and almost sticky sweet but very smooth and mouthcoating. Not a trace of the 10.5% alcohol found. Good stuff! Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby colour with a big beige head. Dark fruits, floral hop aroma and taste. Medium to full body with a warming alcoholic finish.
joergen (28106) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 23, 2006
Hazy orange brown coloured with a beige head.
Aroma of malts, caramel, dried fruits and hops.
Flavour of malts, dried fruits, caramel, hops and pine needles. Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2006
2003 Vintage enjoyed on the night of Rob’s barleywine tasting. Thanks for the experience. This one opened as a gusher, I think due not to improper storage, but from a lot of yeast stored in the bottle. The color and palate is very grainy, a lot of yeast is floating around. Would make a good bread starter I imagine. The nose reflects this, with yeast notes dominating, but like a good champagne, its not as obvious on the palate. Aside from the graininess, I liked the flavors quite a bit. A bit too much hops for my liking, but there’s plenty of malty sweetness, lemon, grapefruit, and caramel there to match. Good stuff. Nejhleader (1560) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
2004 bottle. sweet aroma. Complex flavour, too complex for me to describe, but its great I’ll say that. Very creamy texture adds to the enjoyability of this fine brew. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2006
Bottle 2004 vintage, thanks go out kramer17801 for this one! Pours almost a solid light milk chocolate brown with a medium light tan head with a sort of yellow tinge. The aroma is powerful: carmelized sugar, rasins, cocoa, cherry, and a bit of tobacco. The flavor is also quite strong, elements of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, sugary caramel malt, oak, vanilla, peat and a bit of smoke. Everything feels pretty smoothed out, all the flavors seems to be working with each other...the oaky sugary malt comes out most in the front, while the fruit, coffee and chocolate come out more in the finish. Although this beer is quite sweet it doesn’t come out overbearing over the tounge...it’s rich but not heavy which seems to be complemented by the bitter and dry ending. Quite a nice beer for after dinner, with dessert, or as a night cap. A great sipper overall. Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Vintage 2003. Pours amber with a slight haze and a huge, creamy, yellowish head leaving a neat lacework. Caramelish nose with a nice edge of aroma hops. Nice, full body with lots of fruit - almost perfumy - exotic fruits actually. Distinct sweetness balanced by some bitterness in the finish. Tasted at the Oklahoma Beer tasting March 06 hosted by mjames and lilannie. 240306