Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 8, 2002
Thirst and desire to rule the light.
For crossing heavens a futile fight,
Bound to storm our minds wave,
Fervent to sail in deserts of mist yackery (168) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 2010 vin 12oz bottle. Pencil-thin, fresh, sandy head soon dissolves to a speck or two of foam. It’s an inviting amber color, though murky, but prettily translucent: a lot like looking though a gem, actually. The taste surprised me because it is a pale blend, but it is a perfect one for my preference of stout. While the ABV 11.7% - 30% more than the same brewer’s Imperial Russian Stout, Old Rasputin - subdues the nose to almost nothing (no - no boozy knee-jerk), the most prevalent aroma is coffee / toffee. This beer forgoes the oil of Old Rasputin for alcohol but sacrifices nothing to satisfying the palate. At this proof, this beer is made for sipping. But each sip is for savoring.
The glass empties to the last, most sensual sip - port notes. The well-nursed "dregs" of a glass of this barleywine are the most satisfying. Exquisite! Caskalefan (168) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Wonderfully sophisticated English style old ale.
Nose and flavor of apples, grapes, port, sherry, caramel, toffee, and pears in brandy.
Syrupy and yet almost ethereal body which is mouth-coating, and yet paradoxically sprightly.
Incredible execution of an old ale that will, undoubtedly become even more stupendous with age.
Serving type: bottle
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle labeled 2005.
Very dark [pretty much brown] Very little tanish head that soon vanishes to a thin wisp around the edge of the glass, no lace. Served at a slightly cooler temp than the recomended room temperature. Very complex flavors that do rather well at this young age. Malty with a nice hop edge. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end. Surprisingly drinkable and i think it will just get better.
I wonder when this finished fermenting, and then was bottled? Croff (164) - Ostra Sonnarslov, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2010
Pours a cloudy dark amber. Small head that fades to nothing quickly. Heavy malt, caramel, dark bread aroma. Flavor has notes of fruit, caramel, roast, and very noticable alcohol.
It is a bit rough around the edges. If it mellows with age as the brewer claims, it will be much better in the future. Right now it is just okay.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
12oz bottle. ’08 vintage courtesy of wavers1.
Pours hazy light brown, with a few bubbles, and a thin ring around the outside edge. Aroma is toffee, and caramel. Body is full, and smotth. very easy drinking. flavor is again toffee, caramel, with hints of chocolate. Incredibly smooth, no alcohol heat whatsoever. Clean, malty finish. Wish I had a few more of these around! auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 strong alchohol aroma 2004. euuhhghhh.. hard to describe the flavor, alright not bad, tastes pretty good in my opinion not the greatest brew ive ever had but shit i’ll drink it... north coast old stock baby!! UGHH!! ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Lots of alcohol. Some chocolate and moderatley hoppy. Opaque copper color, like an old penny. Not much head.
Sweet with a finish like bourbon. TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2003
2002 version. Dark brown color with a full beige head. Sweet nose, very malty. Taste was well balanced with some notes of dates and orange. Alcohol evident in aftertaste. Can't wait to see how it ages. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
This beer has a nice hoppy aroma. The taste is initially of very strong sweet malt with hints of spice then followed by a nice hoppy bitterness. Finishing hops leave a nice taste in your mouth. Best Barley Wine I have tried to date. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY