JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Pours a deep murky brown/red, maybe some sediment. Very little tan head. Smells of huge amounts of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, and some alcohol. No hops. Interesting. Taste initially is a huge blast of the aforementioned malts. Damn. A good mix of dark fruits come into the mix, mostly raisins and plum. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. Begins sweet, finishes somewhat astringent, probably due to the alcohol. No hops at all, which is defintely different from all the other barleywines Ive had. Dont know the age of this beer. Almost reminds me of a dopplebock in some qualities. Only drawback was a slight metallic taste on some sips in the beginning. Vastly better than Behemoth, cheaper and more readily available as well. Tejas (1009) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Murky brown appearance. Aged for a year. This is much better now than when it was fresh. Flavors have blended together and the rough edges are gone. Lots of flavors going on. The most dominant is chocolate and some cognac flavors too. Drinkability isn’t that great though. Still pretty sweet and too much alcohol. Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
LCRBM, Bottle, 2001. Sweet, spicy brew. Silky mouthfeel, very wellbodied. Alcohol is remarkably wellhidden. ryan (3185) - 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 (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting sessiontsarman (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 (2865) - 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.