GonZoBeeR (3060) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 12, 2006
2004 bottle very dificult to open because of the wax.....
Appearance:da hazy-brown-ornage,good tan head a lot of co2....
Flavor:strong flavor,wood,alcohol,..... garthicus (2967) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 8, 2009
HogTownHarrys bottle, shared with Harry and Blankboy. Watched Harry struggle with the wax for a while. 2004 vintage. Appearance: Light Pomegranate juice colour, zero head. Aroma: Prune, raisin, malt ’sticky’, caramel. Nice. Flavour: Malt, caramel, cloves, alcohol, liquorice. Nice indeed. ABUSEDGOAT (2931) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
2004 bottle picked up at Julios out of curiousity. Oh man. It took forever to get the wax seal off. Poured a cloudy reddish brown body with a dishwater like head. Aroma is lotsa sweet malts with notes of caramel and darker fruits. Also very alcoholic and some port wine notes. Very sweet alcoholic finish. Messy is a good word here. This was hard to finish, and writing this in the morning the next day, I made the wrong decision. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Blind tasting at Papsoe’sHazy, amber colour with almost no head. Aroma of fat, high alpha hops and burned caramel. Great flavour of bourbon, whisky, malt, caramel, and alcohol - very tasty and alcoholic. jimhilt (2641) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Straight up pour gets a one finger head that instantly fades to nothing - NO carbonation, medium bodied. Ugly cloudy amber color. Raisin nose. Starts sweet and raisiny, finish is sweet alcoholic. Different from any barleywine I have had; once you get past the cap - who was the sadist that put wax and nylon tape on this - it ain’t gonna explode?! $5.99 for a 12oz bottle (2004) from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2006
2004 vintage with what I swear was a plastic instead of wax seal via trade a while back with ImtheOptimator! - Thanks! - Pours a murky brown with a tall tan head that stayed pretty well. Aromas of caramel, raisin, a touch of apple and some cherry. Flavor is caramel, apple, raisin, brown sugar, and a bunch of alcohol. Very warming on the palate. Reminded me alot of the English style barleywines. Quite different from the West Coast variety. Seemed a shade harsh to me. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2007
Dark Brick Red Color with No Head. Sweet Syrapy Rich Barley Aroma. Figs, Heavy Sweet Barley Notes. Syrapy Mouthfeel. Strong and Wonderful...Almost a MInty Quality to it. Some Coconut Twang on the Back of the Mouth. Very Nice Barley Wine. boto (2293) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2007
12oz. bottle, 2004 vintage: This beer didn’t want to be drunk. I have never had so much trouble geting a wax seal off the top of a bottle as I did this one. When I finally got it open, there was no pffft at all when the cap came off. It poured into the glass with absolutely no carbonation or head. The color was a VERY murky mahogany color. I expected it to be a bit more pungent, but the aroma was a bit subdued. I got notes of caramel, raisins and brown sugar. It is a bit syrupy on the tongue. The taste is good. A twinge of alcohol to it. The flavors have really blended well together. It is complex, but the flavors don’t really stand out. I can detect some fruitiness, chocolate, caramel and many others are in there as well. Not bad at all. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Once the annoying red wax is cut away, I’m ready to open this bottle and imbibe...that Herculean tax has been completed and I’m anxious to pour my reward:
Murky deep crimson, little head.
Big booze dominates the nose, associations include cognac, cherries, whiskey, port wine...with all that in there, it feels a trifle flat, though, and uninspired...we’ll see how it tastes.
Mad, bad, and on the attack when it hits the palate. Huge and on the loose. Just body-slams the tongue...thick, twisted, and over-arching in alcohol.
11%? That feels about right, but I’ve had others around the same that didn’t bark so loudly, at least, not so quickly out of the starting gate.
Full in body, deep, fruity flavor, sweetness from malt matched by alcoholic heat...bright and occasionally stinging, thick and treacly in the mouth...
nice, but lacks a certain character, just misses the mark somehow...however, the label informs me that it can be aged for 20 years, give or take, and perhaps that was my mistake?
not bad, but the booze is too big, and the flavor doesn’t match it well...a nice nightcap, though, for evening’s end.
rocbyter (2192) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Strong aroma of sweet malt and alcohol. Apperance is the same as reddish mud. Starts with lots of sweet malts and finishes with lots of alcohol burn thats short lived. No carbonation and a little watery. This beer needs more aging.