hopscotch (11489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle… Murky, muddy ale with almost no head. The aroma is a mishmash of caramel, dark raisins, praline, and fruity esters of dried plum and apple with a good dose of ethanol. The flavor provides sweet toffee and brown sugar with a bitter bite of alcohol and hops. Full-bodied with ultra soft carbonation. Bitter-sweet, caramelized, red-hot finish. Thanks a bunch to growler for floating this one my way! kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Three JudgesKimJohansen (10498) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
hazy amber, sweet oxidized alcoholic dark caramel aroma, rich buttery caramel malt flavor, lots of earthy balance, sweetness appears in tandom with the alcohol, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Cloudy dark amber with bubbly short lasting head. Sweet vinious aroma with caramel and alcohol notes. Sweet flavor with alcohol, caramel, smoke and overripe fruits. Warming alcohol in the end. MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 9, 2006
Any first impressions?SudsMcDuff (8552) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
-Headless and murky isn’t exactly what I’d call an "attractive" appearance, even for a barley wine.
-Grapes, cherries and random sugars propose a flaccid aroma.
-Very sweet caramel and licorice allusions lazily approach the fruitiness.
-The finish is rather bitter with its garrulous union of tired, leafy hops and brash alcohol.
What if you dig deeper?
-The body cannot be helped by the near absence of carbonation.
-The flavor spectrum is chaotic, boozy, a war field is set on the tongue.
-Port-wine fruitiness could salvage it, but I cannot get past the bustling incongruities.
-This got trounced in a blind barley wine tasting, not surprisingly.
Aroma is of sherry and oak, your typical aged notes ... very tan and murky ... mouthfeel is pretty much a mess .. old dominates here, some chocolate and rum ... tasted strange, warming up doesn’t really help.. i could have done without .. age 20 years? this was 5 years old and had trouble...
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2009
12-oz., capped and waxed like a little beast. Thanks, RiversideAK! Murky medium amber with bright caramel highlights. Headless, legaless, laceless. Big sweet caramel nose. Creamy medium body. Tons of smoke, caramel, biscuit, and graham cracker. Mild finish. The smoke is an interesting touch, but once the novelty of that wears off, it’s kind of just another sticky, cloying bw. blankboy (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. 2004 vintage. Pours a murky red-amber with a spare diminishing off-white head. Nice aroma of caramel and toffee along with light alcohol, fruit and a hint of wood. Flavour of caramel malt, dark fruit, alcohol and a good amount of hops. Alcohol’s pretty smooth, especially for 11.5%. Medium to full bodied. Very good stuff. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2006
2004 bottle thanks to IMtheOptimator: Pours a still, uncarbonated dark copper mahogany with viscous legs. Complex, sweet malty and sherry-like aroma has pleasant dark fruit notes and reminds me a lot of J.W. Lees Harvest Ale. Body starts with a pleasant malty sweetness, well balanced with some dark fruit and toffee flavors with mild butterscotch toward a very warming finish. Carbonation would definitely aid in giving a fuller mouthfeel, although I think this will age well the way it is. Style is more like a cross between an English barleywine and an old ale. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Bottled, 2004 vintage. Poured fiery coppery-amber with no head sticking on it. The aroma opened strong with a healthy liquor-like impression.. toasted caramel, barley, and lots of alcohol over sweeter notes of vanilla and grappa.. as it breathed, it became more alluring. The flavor opened syrupy with molasses, vanilla, and dark vinous notes leading.. caramel and darker fruit supported the middle.. finished with a heavy oxidation presence and alcohol warmth.. dry and oaky all around. Heavy-bodied with very low if any carbonation present.. thick feel, but rather empty on the back.. just a little residual fruit and warmth at the end. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle 355 ml Vintage 2004
Appearance :Thick, deep brown with limited visibility. Very little foam, minimal short lived ring. 2+
Fruity, rich aroma, citric brush, raisins, prunes, hint of dried figs.6+
Flavour/Palate :Toasty with plenty of semi-dry alcohol. Decent set of dried fruit like (figs). Bold, big on alcohol even after few years since bottling. On positive note this ale gets rounder, more wholesome as it warms up.