Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
LCRBM, Bottle, 2001. Sweet, spicy brew. Silky mouthfeel, very wellbodied. Alcohol is remarkably wellhidden. ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
(2004) Pours a rusty brown with a small off-white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor is caramel, molases, spice, scotch, and some dark fruit that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Texture is smooth, finish is long. Alcohol is present, but subdued for 11.4%, warming. tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
(Bottle - 2004) Pours golden/orange, with white, quickly dissapearing, head. Notes of VERY sweet malts, and bitter liquorice dominates. This is a beast of a beer, and it demands a lot from the drinker. It’s massive sweetness took my breath away. Magnificent beer!! DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
No#20. (2001). This is the start of tasting for the lowlands meeting, what an excellent day and id like to thank all the amaizn ppl who i met there for such an excellent time if you read this.
Aroma is malty peachy mmm. Taste is a seriously sweet malty beast with a long finish. Nice. diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Muddy, amber body. Off-white head. Nose of molasses, white port. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Heavily bitter (long) finish. Fully bodied. Lively carbonation. Heavily alcoholic.
2004 bottle. Aroma is magnificent. Alcohol is omnipresent, but enjoyable. As it warms, it warms the soul. This would definitely age well. Thick and sticky as well. Molasses and malt and warm. Tastes like a warm brandy. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - OCT 15, 2005
2004 Bottle. Smells of prunes, caramel, malts, coriander, and raisins. Pours a cloudy black tea color with no head and no visible carbonation. Very thick on the palate. Tastes of chocolate, prunes, malts, alcohol, and caramel. Excellent. I’d love to try this again in a year or so. MrBunn (2843) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2005
2004: Extremely nicely crafted. Aroma is so pleasant: full of sweet malt and frut and spice. Cloudy brownish coloration with minimal head. Thick syrupy texture with a definite overload of sweet malt, molasses like, alcoholic warmth, fruity textures like raisin or prune... it has been far too long since I had my last good barley wine. dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 11, 2005
2004: Aroma of cotton candy, toffee, fig, citrus. Appears ruby-brown in color with a thin brown head that dissipates very quickly. Flavor is malty sweet with fruit and bread notes, very bitter on the finish, and with an overpowering taste of alcohol; I should have heeded the label and laid it down for a longer period. Palate is thick, chewy, and appropriate. Overall, this beer is greater than the sum of its parts and worthy of any cellar. tennisjoel (1482) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 Rerate: 2006 vintage. I notice this year’s vintage is stronger ABV at 13.25%. Deep red pour with a minimal head. Strong raisin/plum aroma. Port like. Sweet flavor. Alcohol is well hidden. My only complaint with this vintage is that I prefer more hops to counter balance the sweetness. A very fine representative of the barley wine style, even if the beer is a little on the sweet side.
Original rating (11-2005): 2004 vintage. Very rich flavor. Sweetness hits the tongue immediately. A barley wine, can’t be mistaken. Reddish color. Small head. Can definitely taste the alcohol. Not like it is unexpected. Caramel flavor. Better as it gets warmer. A good solid overall brew.
Total Score: 4.0