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. zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Aroma was not terrible, sweet and sugary notes. Taste was just not good, sweet boozy yuck jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2009
2008 bottle. Pours a rich coppery brown with very light carbonation - not quite enough of a head to cover the top of the beer, though the edge of the head clings to the glass a little. Aroma of a lot of malt, with some fruit and caramel apple. Flavor is again a lot of sweet malt, little to no hops, and a hint of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied but not overly thick. You just know this one will age well. Would love to try an older version. Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2008
2007 Bottle. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Very nice complex fruit aroma with a touch of caramel. Flavor is on the malty side with a dry finish. Taste is more vegetal than fruity. Noticeable alcohol. Good, not great. Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
2002. Aroma of raisin, molasses, vanilla, port. Strong alcohol but very well handled. Very tingly.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2002
A nice malty presentation. Light head and aroma. Hops do not predominant. A smooth brew. Doghair (312) - Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2014
2011 vintage - Sort of a rusty cloudy brown, no foam. Caramel, dark fruits and some orange peel in the aroma. Taste is big caramel, dark fruits, coffee and a little citrus. The heavy mouthfeel helps the flavors linger. After a few years most of the alcohol taste has mellowed. Excellent beer.
BobyFischer (311) - FRANCE - MAY 20, 2016
Brune rubis limpide.Col de mousse se réduisant au minimum, balc cassé, beige clair.
Nez caramel, tonneau, acidité de tonneau, amertume.En tout cas : fa-bu-leux.
Bouche : de la force, une puissance inouïe mais beaucoup de douceur aussi, alcool présent, un caramel élevé en tonneau, belle complexité se terminant sur des notes amères.
Un superbe Barley wine, catégorisé Old Ale mais je ne sais pas à quoi cela correspond vraiment.Bon !
PS : Goûtez la XH de chez Kiuchi, c’est bon et proche ! FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2011 2010 batch. Hazy dark reddish almost brown. Smells like sweet dark fruit. Taste is hugely malty and quite sweet with the alcohol burn at the end. Would be interesting to see what age would do to this. jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2007 vintage. pour is mid amber with almost no head. aroma is sweet, somewhat spicy. flavor is sweet, hot alcohol. probably would be better after another year in the cellar, but who has that kind of patience?