gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Vintage 2004. Pours small head but grows a little bit befor disapating. Smell and tastes of strong alcohol. Not a big single malt scotch fan and just do not a beer that tastes like one. alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2005
This is more than I hoped for. Dreamy. Drink it if you have it. Or age it if you can wait that long. Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
This will be my first rating- great site going here! I have a 2004 bottle. It pours copper with orange hues. The head is beige and diminishes quickly. I love the English flavor; when compared to American barleywines it is noticably different. Hop bitterness is low though the fuggles flavor is unmistakable. It has a very warming alcohol flavor, when combined with the non-existant head it makes for a very wine-like beer (even compared to other barleywines). Sounds negative but I love the uniqueness, one of my favorite brews! ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 17, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 (2002 bottle sampled Christmas day 2005. Courtesy of AndrewM) Stunningly beautiful deep amber with an off white head. Aroma has very sweet malt with dark fruit jam and chocolate. Fruitier than the 2004 I recently had. Absolutely invigorating. I’ve just been sniffing this for the last 10 minutes. Slight alcohol presence. After 3 years, the hops have faded enough that the chocolate and deep, dark fruit come through very well on the tongue. Slight alcohol tinge, but just enough to accentuate the other flavors. Palate is soft. This is the best beer I’ve ever had. Good thing I have another one.
Tmoney99 (14503) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
(2004 bottle courtesy of Odeed. 12/17/05) Fairly complex aroma...very fruity. Flavors of dark fruit jam. A little bit of toffee. Just enough alcohol bite to accent the other flavors nicely. As it warms the the aroma can be best described as a fruity sherry. There is something else that I’m trying to pinpoint. I think it’s brown sugar (as described by fordest). Very nice brew. (8,5,8,4,17)
Bottle 2002. Pours a hazy brown color with a moderate rocky off-white head that diminished quickly. Good dark fruit and malt aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Full complex flavor of toffee, fruit and malt with a long finish with a small alcohol bite. Very good brew.
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 2004. wood, malt, brandy aroma. red orange color and hardly any head. malt, oak, toffee alcohol flavor. some hops. dry finish. surprisingly mellow for a barley wine. best one i’ve had yet. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Another tasty brew from North Coast. Pours is a clear brown with almost no head. Aroma of alcohol and caramel. Taste is an amazing, balanced mix of malts, hops, and caramel. The beer then comes to a an end with a very strong sherry finish. The alcohol really highlights the rich flavors of this beer. DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2005 A beer that runs up on you and kicks you in the face. This beer is very strong and intense. Pours Amber/Brown with a thin white head. Smells strongly of barley and alcohol. Taste is really strong and alcoholic and also tastes of barley. Aftertaste is creamy and also somewhat burning due to the alcohol. A nice beer but tough to drink even 12 ounces of it. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12 oz bottle thanks to the jolly fat guy in red. Great stuff. Poured murky brown with a decent head that really didn’t last. Aromas of molassas and brown sugar. Some date and current too. Flavors were similar but the alcohol really hit me at first. Then it settled down into a great toffee and molassas flavor. Great stuff. Glad I have another.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 This is really good. Pours our an amber/brownish color, with a relatively small head. Caramelly aroma. Malty, toasty sweet taste. Well worth $10 per 4-pack.