Boutip (6374) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
2003 bottle drank in 2004: Poured a hazy deep burgundy color ale with a small dark beige head with limited retention. Aroma of dried sweet fruit with some floral hops also noticeable. Taste is quite sweet reminiscent of figs and dates with a full body and limited carbonation. Great barley wine, probably one of the best beer from North Coast that I had the chance to sample. MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2005
Bottle. Hoppy aroma. Nice, peppery, malty flavour with some bonbon. Dark chestnut colour. Good body. Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle 2004; Aroma is sweet candy and flavor is sweet also. Reminds me of deer hunting a while a go with anis candy and a swig of Ginger Brandy to warm up on those cold Nov. days. Nice aroma and alcohol is Kickin’ ass with this one. Good thing I’m not driving. Drink responsibly with this one please. BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Deep reddish brown color with not much head; many high-alcohol beers lack this quality so I won’t hold it against them. Aroma is quite malty with Middle Eastern fruit elements such as fig and date. There is a bit of hops in the finish. Flavor is ok, but perhaps a beer of this type should be given a chance as an uncarbonated brew and classified as an Old Ale. As it stands, it’s ok for a barleywine but at this high alcohol level the carbonation is somewhat cloying and tends to bring alcohol to the fore. Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2005
12 oz. Bottle, 2002 Vintage: Cloudy red-amber pour, fair carbonation produces a solid brownish head. Sweeter smelling frutis and malts dominate the nose with the alcohol making an unwanted appearance, missed the hops. Flavor starts sweet and quickly turns to medicinal alcohol, again I missed the hops.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2005
2003 Bottle. A brilliant orange when held up to light, burnt amber otherwise. Head formation much like that of soda, and unfortunately dissappears just as fast. A thick beer that rolls through the mouth. Very malty aroma with a touch of wine. Malty taste, with slight lingering bitterness. Can definitely feel the heat of the alcohol going down on large sips. Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Sampled the 2003 vintage. Pronounced alcohol in the nose and flavor. Slightly hazy with a dark reddish-amber color. Rich caramel malt sweetness and medium hops bitterness. Very low carbonation makes for an almost syrupy consistency. Nice aged character but still has somewhat of an edge to it. Has still more aging potential. CAmes (32) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2005
Doesn’t fit my tastes for a barleywine. Still, an interesting beer. Warm, almost hot alcohol. Peppery nose, and a nearly pineapple essense. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2012 2012 Tap at Brewery. Deep amber pour with a thick off-white head. The nose is awesome. Fresh clean bready malt, stewed fruit and a soft spicy/earthy hop finish. This is an amazing product. Bright and fruity and awesome. Even young, this beer is amazing.
2006 from a 12 oz bottle. Very deep dark garnet with a fine laced yellowish head. Sweet malty aroma, plums/dates and raisins with a sweet orangey hop note as well. Brown sugar, molasses and toast. Immensely sweet aroma but also with a tropical fruity character ove the back. Flavour is sweet but also remarkably balanced for such a young and strong barley wine. Malts with plum and other dried fruit, a bit of leather and earthiness as well as some prominent licorice flavour. Toast and burnt sugar flavour. Fruity hops, strong bitterness and alcohol but it’s not out of control. Warming softens it even more bringing some soft toffee/caramel forward amongst the fruity, sweet hops.
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Deep burgundy-red colour with a thin white head. Very sweet sugary, malty aroma. Brown sugar, molasses, licorice, cherry. Very vineous with a touch of acetic character. Flavour is also very malty, molasses, brown sugar, and a bit of ethanolic pepper. Treacly body becomes cloying. A bit of peaty character. Good, but too young.
Hazy, cloudy dark brown beer with purplish highlights and no head to speak of. The aroma is very plummy with lots of dried raisins, rye-like spiciness and some toastiness. Soft alcoholic flavour helps dry out the sweet plummy maltiness that abounds in this brew. Fairly spicy/resiny aroma and flavour. Loads of fruitiness as well. The beer is still very sweet even with two years on it, but it is also still very good.
8 3 7 4 14 rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2005
Amber/Red colour. Big malty aroma of almonds and grass. Alcohol is sensed immediately. Toffee notes, slight licoricy, tidbits and above all, a nice sweetness. Maybe a bit peppery and too alcoholic in the finish. This is indeed a big beer that must be sipped slowly - even by my standards!