Hoprider (635) - DENMARK - JAN 8, 2017
1953 on label. 2006 vintage printed on bottle cap. 8.1% abv. Pours a clear golden copper colour with no head. Big caramel on the nose like an old school English barley wine. The taste is still very good with no clear traces of infection or anything. A little cigar box and lots of caramel maltiness. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily with only a slight tingle on the tongue. Lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. The_Osprey (7881) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2016
Bottle shared at GBBF 2016 as ’Harveys Elizabethan Ale’, special 1977 edition. Pours brown with an orange hue, no real head. Bottom of the bottle has a brown crust, but I don’t think this was bottle conditioned. Aroma is sherry and apple. Body is smooth with low carbonation. Taste is sherry, light chocolate, smooth rich fruits. Lovely. (3.8) teorn88 (7671) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 9, 2016
clean Amber color with minimal beige head. Aroma is tangy musty dirty with dust and must, tangy fruits and red berries. Taste is also tangy lightly boozy and sweet wth light acidic notes, more notes of tangy fruits, lemon, dust, mould and caramel. Light bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall, meh Scopey (14501) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle (1977 Jubilee Edition), thanks to Daniel. It pours clear deep brown - black with a tiny beige head. The aroma is rich, oily, sherry, a whole lot of fruit cake, juicy fruit, light spice and boozy Christmas cake. The taste is rich, sweet, juicy, some bitterness, sherry, fruit cake, alcohol warmth, Dandelion & Burdock, plum pie with a fruity finish. Medium + body, hint of carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Rich and flavoursome. Has held up exceptionally well! MPA (999) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - APR 29, 2016
Vintage 2002, 500 ml. Original rating moved from current version and posted on December 04, 2006:
Redbrown with light off white head. Aroma of dark mature fruits - madeira and plums comes to mind. Dark fruit in flavour along with raisins and nuts. Soft. 8-3-8-4-16 = 3.9
Rated again April 29, 2016: same score - this time with an even more mellow feel, aroma and flavour.
Beerhunter111 (20337) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2016
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!
Erzengel (8619) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 9, 2016
Pours very dark reddish brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma of dark overriped fruits, nuts, wood, alcohol. Taste of dark riped fruits, roasted malt, toffee, plums, raisins, wood, some alcohol.
275ml, May 13 BHJ on the purple crown-top. Malty nose with plums. The beer starts intense malty. Dried fruit (black cherries, plums, blue grapes). The body is quite light and easy to drink, but full and deep intense. Smooth caramel, not too much sweetness, not much bitterness. Easy to drink with a very long aftertaste of roasted caramel and dried fruits. Great! joe19612 (2893) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. (7.5% on bottle). Pours a dark orange colour with a thin white head, malty aroma, the taste is sweet and has a sweet finish. worldbeertaste (1805) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2012
Dark brown almost black with a beige, lacy, thin, lasting head. Smells of rum and alcohol with spices, deep roast, dark malt, dried dark fruit like cherries and blackcurrant with spices like cinnamon. Full rich oily body. Tastes of full flavoured malt, dark malt with spices that create a rum effect. Cinnamon. I would love to age this for about 10 years if it was bottled conditioned. A great barley wine and distinctly different than the regular Elizabethan Ale. Cuso (8614) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 4, 2012
Bottle from bottle-shop.co.uk with ABV of 7.5%. Dark amber color with small white head. Red fruits, grapes, syrup, alcohol in aroma. Taste, sweet plums, burned caramel, syrup, harsh bitterness in finish. Overall very sweet beer. Not very tasty.