Stuu666 (14805) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours copper amber, nose is roasty, toffee, taste is sweet toffee, bit oxidised. kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle shared with Deanso. Brown pour with small tan head. aroma is sweet dark fruits, Leather and toffee. Flavour is strong dark fruit and raisins with a sweet alcohol finish. HenrikSoegaard (14536) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle. 2009 vintage. Creamy off-white fair mostly deminishing head. Light amber colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Light sweet and bitter vinius flavor. Average moderate bitter cloying finish. Very alcoholic. Oily palate. Boring Barley wine. Lubiere (14150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
2002 vintage : A dark brown ale with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, sweet caramel with dark dried fruits, maderized, light licorice, nice. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with loads of honey, surranated hops, licorice, molasses, maple syrup, alcohol warmth, oily mouth feel, interesting but a bit tired. Bottle from GRM, merci Sylvain. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 2, 2003
Vintage 2000: Opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is cognac and sweet, holding out the promise of a wonderfully rich nectar. Taste is closest I've ever come to drinking a single-malt scotch in a 12-ounce serving. The peat quality is impressive. Incredibly rich -- maybe a trifle thin for a scotch, but certainly not for a beer. Finishes with a healthy warming alcohol burn. Don't know how this would be if it were older (or younger), but at just over 2 years, this is wonderful.
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2010
2006 vintage bottle at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours a clear copper color with a medium head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, leafy hops and burnt sugar. The taste is caramel, toffee, leafy hops. Medium-full bodied. Rich, malty and smooth. Nice beer. I must get some of this to age. crossovert (13833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2011
12 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.
It pours a beautiful, dark, deep red with a big white head that quickly dissipates with no lacing.
It is fruity in the aroma with a predominance of raisins. There is some caramel and sugar scents as well.
The flavor is pretty sweet. It tastes like raisins and oxidized fruits. It isn’t the most pleasant flavor, it is rather pungent and cloying.
Despite being a year old it still seems hot with alcohol.
I have had a lot of great barleywines/old ales lately and this one fell on it’s face in comparison.
Serving type: bottle Christian (13814) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 21, 2008
Hazy dark red with a small but lasting head in a quite unusual orange tan colour. All the right barleywine aroma notes, dates and figs, bready malt, port and some berries. Sweet and malt heavy flavour, and very vineous, full body and warming alcohol. Classic all the way. BeerandBlues2 (13806) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
2003 Bottle...Hazy copper with a thin tan head, some fair lacing at the brew line. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a creamy caramel nose. Sweet malt flavor with a dry alcohol finish. Warm and medium to full-bodied creamy palate. Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2006 2005 Bottle: Not much different about the 2005 batch, sampled in July 2006. Same notes/scores.
2004 Bottle: This year’s is every bit as good as the last one I had. Deep brownish-red color with a very thin beige head. Very thin lacing too. Rich aroma of caramel, malt and fruit. Full-bodied with hearty malt, caramel and nut flavors. Roasty character with the alcohol peeking through periodically. The finish is long and sweet, with a nice hops bite. Another winner!
2002 Bottle: Pours a dark brown color but held light throughout the glass. Thick and foamy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is strong malt and alcohol, with lesser portions of hops and fruit. Rich bodied and it tasted somewhere between a Scotch Ale and Barley Wine. Excellent blend of malt, vanilla, alcohol and caramel. Finish is all malt and tart fruit. Good beer.