wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2005
Sampled in a 12 ounce bottle, I am not sure which year it is from. Pours a red amber with an off white head. Similar appearance to the Old Numbskull. Smells like caramel, malts, candy apple and butterscotch. Taste has all of those qualities plus white wine. It is more malty then it is hoppy. Certainly a nice Barley Wine. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 11, 2005
Outstanding aroma. Calvados, light hops, white wine. Red. The beer is highly carbonated, and there is a large head that is gone in seconds. Strange flavor. Very dry for a barleywine. There is some underlying sweetness, dirt, some hops, and lots of bread. It seemed like something was off with this 2003 bottle, but I purchased it at a fine store, and stored in a cool basement for a few months; and the cap was on tightly, so I don’t know what went wrong. Heavy and a serious alcohol kick. I will try a fresher bottle, but even with some flaws it is a fine beer. IndianaRed (5122) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2005
Bottle pours a dark cloudy caramel amber with a thick dense light tan head. Terrific smells of caramel toffee, butterscotch, apples and alcohol.
Flavor is sharp, green even. Woody and earthy. Quite strong alcohol taste. So much that it puts me off a bit. Malty and not much hops. A finish of sediment or unfiltered. I may get a couple and cellar them for a while and compare notes then. Arayaga2 (2224) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 1, 2005
UPDATED: APR 4, 2007 Reddish brown with smallish head. Tastes like malt and cherries, and little else. I can’t really taste the hops, but I can definitely feel the alcohol. $3/12oz Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2005
Red. No head. Slightly roasted. Loads of warming alcohol in the finish. Spicey flavour. A bit to earthy and dirty.
AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2005
300! ! ! ! ~* 2004*~ thinly laced pink/tan head on a clear ruby body, tart cherry aroma, very sweet flavor, slightly limey, syrupy mouthfeel, dull hop burn on top of a strong alcohol finish, warming medicinal feeling in throat, tastey ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2004. "intended to be laid down:" whatever. Goldbeige head, dissipating in a minute. Body is rich ruby red--I want to mount it in a white-gold settingand wear this 12-oz gem on my thumb. Aroma is cherry, sweet rhubarb pie, and caramel malt. WOW! Alcohol cherry NyQuil flavor. This is peeling the fuzz off my tongue. Sweet, astringent. Does Listerine make a beer? Actually, the alcohol can be felt, but not tasted until the after-swallow nose-exhalation. Spicy and bold. I’m impressed that this hits over 11% abv, but I am definitely going to cellar the remaining three bottles for at least a year. I’ll update then. swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
2003: This beer was given to me by a friend to try which I did after a year of cellaring. This was a great beer, it poured a beautful caramel color. There was a lot of spiciness in the aroma and the taste had a great warming effect. The only downside to this beer is that I don’t have anymore. jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2004. Still young, but so what. You could probably serve this on the rocks and get away with it. Red/amber color and the last sip tasted better than the first. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2005
mahogany in appearance with virtually no head...aroma is full of spices, fruits, caramels and sugars; flavor is pretty similar with a strong taste of caramels as well...a nice alcohol finish