Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Murky brown with spotty lace. Woody and alchol filled. Vinous and hot. Bitter roast and sweet caramel malts. Thick and plenty of alcohol. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
Oily-looking dark brown. A rich chocolate truffle nose. Oily, chocolatey, hazelnut palate with light soy sauce. Smooth and sweet. Warming but not overtly alcoholic. Very dessert-like. Doesn’t ever take me any place special but a competently-executed contender in the superheavyweight division. mcrowther (50) - ATLANTA, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Tap at Popeye beer bar. Not the typical barleywine, very sweet but not at all cloying with a lot of raisin/prune/plum flavor. Probably the best Japanese beer I have tasted,
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Tap, 2000 edition. Very dark, small head. Aroma of prunes, alcohol, hints of tobacco, yeast, licoriche. Complex. The flavor has lots of whiskey, brandy, yeast, Westy-12, hints of rice/sake, Dr. Pepper, soy sauce. Maybe this is what Sam Adams triple bock was intended to be? Very thick mouthfeel, slightly effervescent finish despite initial flatness. Shockingly smooth considering how big of a beer this is. A masterpiece. FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
Draft at Bakushu Club Popeye March 31st 2005. Pours dark brown with rubis highlights. very low carbonation which leads to no head. Molasse, toffee and fruity aroma. Strong sweet, liquorous and wild berries flavors that reminds me Ports. Full bodied. I would like to try a bottle of this very interesting Barley wine...
TimE (5770) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 This was their 2000 version Super Vintage Ale. The nose dances around with plums, cherries, brandy, dark fruit and burnt raisins. The mouth is very, very rich with full bodied goodness of plums, raisins, brown sugar and finish with a rich syrupy finish, but hides the 15% alcohol very well. What an incredibly well built beer that has aged beautifully.
August 5, 2005: Rating is still the same, but I noticed this time much more so than before that it is really evidendent they pitched this brew with wine yeast. Definetely get some of those characteristics coming through.