fiulijn (21523) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2007
Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival 2007 afterfestival at Per’s, vintage 2004, 3 years oldomhper (26040) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2007
Hazy dark amber color. Very nice aroma: malt, fudge, raisins, Christmas cakes. Very good mouthfeel, full malty flavor, with sweet caramel; good hopping, good ageing too. If anything about this beer, it’s too much alcoholic at the end, and a bit dusty. I love this aged, buttery Barleywine, excellent!
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Bottled Dark amber. Raisiny and caramelly with buttery thick sticky mouthfeel. Mild and warming, full bodied with lots of toffee and notes of bread. Wonderful winter warmer! Marsiblursi (3083) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
(Bottle, thanks to omhper!) Pours blood red. Big caramel and toffee aroma with some fruity tones of raisins, figs and prunes. Also some canned pears and maybe a toch of apples. Subtle tones of spices and smoke. Creamy malt flavour with light sticky tones of caramel, syrup, dark bread and toffee. Some dried fruit but also some hints of fresh fruit in the background. Thick, yet velvety and soft mouthfeel. Medium bitter and medium to heavy sweet. Full bodied. Less sticky, than expected. Nice. 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,..... oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2008
Bottled (2004 vintage, thanks jjpm74!). Amber colour, not much head. Aroma is plum, raisins, alcohol as well as some wood and vanilla. Flavour is vanilla, wood, oak, caramel malts, alcohol and a bunch of raisins. Also some strange licoriceish raisiny notes. Quite sweet brew, good for sipping, but not for drinking any faster at all. Wellbalanced.
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2004 12oz Bottle, purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits - Somerville, MA. Herbal, spicy aroma with a hint of oxidation in the background as a green, planty quality. The flavor carries a lot less oxidation and no carbonation, but it manages to stay lively and bright with fresh, herbal qualities. Warm and melded. The caramelized malts are a little lacking, but as pale fruits go in strong beer. Yummy and easily one of the best Barleywines to have held up for 8 years. Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 From their inaugural run 2004 vintage (actually released early 2005). Comes bottled in a graphically attractive waxed bottle along with a nice historically accurate explanation of the history of the Three Judges in New Haven. Pours brown with a trace of a tan head, but otherwise flat. Smells of oak, honey, sherry, apples, and rasberries. Palate is very slick and viscous like a nice warming whiskey. Taste is slightly bitter, but inviting and surprisingly lively for a beer with almost no carbonation with caramel and toffee present. Though young, this one leaves a great lasting buttery aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Update 5/26/05 opened up a bottle that has been cellared for a few months. On opening, the bottle poured out with a nice thick lasting head that left excellent lacing throughout the enjoyment of the beer. The interesting thing is that this was the first bottle that didn’t pour almost flat with no head. The astringent alcohol taste still dominates the beer. It’ll be interesting to see how this one develops over time.
Update 10/11/06: Pour is flat. Aromas of caramel and some metalic elements seem to dominate. Taste is somewhat bitter with some caramel and toffee notes. The mothfeel is lacking and the alcohol bite is more pronounced. I’m not seeing how this one will develop for 20 years.
2004 vintage, courtesy of tpkenned.robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2007
No hiss as the cap comes off, pouring as translucent and ruby-orange into the snifter. Lifeless, but the nose compensates. Caramel drizzles over pistachios with amaretto liquor fornicating with rhubarb. Arrhythmic aromatic pushes garner traits in line with rosemary and rose hips stuck in vats of cherry blossom honey. Carbonation is void in the mouth as well, but the cherry maple talc covers it up while almonds and Madagascar vanilla bean juice hum with authoritative alcohol presence. Dates bleed into caramel, rhubarb and black currant filled figs. Time serves it well, with spicy rye and white peppercorn pumpernickel residing under baked and broiled cranberry skin shavings. Full-bodied and balanced (save the carbonation) with an ever-present characteristic of glowing Disaronno taffy to take us into an enchanting finish.
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.