cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2006
2005 vintage. The aroma on this beer sold me on it’s merits before it even got 1/2 way to my mouth. Strong and warm, with very low phenolics for a beer this young. Good carbonation as well that brings the hop bittering and aroma out as it bubbles. I am going to try this vintage again in a year or two to see how it goes. Funknmilla (751) - WAYNE, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Moleasses on the nose..pepsi-colored...alcohol covered very well...finish leaves tiny bubbles in da mouth...:o vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2007
2006 @ 13.25% - Pours rich bronze with a fizzy soapy tan head. The aroma has lots of caramel and toffee like malt that is very thick and rich. Quite musty with some abv warmth. There is also a light amount of pine / woody hops. Medium / thick body with a moderate amount of sharp carbonation that is between soft and sharp. The flavor starts with lots of thick malt like in the aroma, some abv warmth, but for the actual content is is not bad at all. The finish has some spice and a kick to it. This is a good barleywine, but certainly doesn’t blow me away. It continues to get sweeter further down the glass. bierkoning (13813) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2007
2005 @ 11.4% - The malt is must mustier with less hops as well. There is not much carbonation to speak of at all and has more alcohol burn even through there is less in the beer and it is a year older. Not nearly as lush or rich as 2006 and has considerable more bite.
The rating is on the 2006 version only.
Bottle, 2004 version. Porto aroma with raisin. Malty with strong port-like flavors. Vinous and raisinny. Alcohol is noticeable, but fairly well hidden. Comparable with an old Chimay if it had less alcohol.
faroeviking (11337) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Pours mahogny red colour. Sweet caramel, roasty, dark fruit, alcoholic aroma. Very sweet, caramel, alcohol, dark fruit, smokish with liquorice, spiced flavour.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2007
dark amber color with a sweet nose. flavor is very complex with hints of fig and spice. possibly a little immature and may benefit from a little storage. a very enjoyable beer regardless mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2007
2007 bottled edition. Dark amber color, not much head or lacing. Has to be poured pretty vigorously to get any head on it. Very strong, vinous, winey sort of brew. The alcohol is very evident, lots of malt without much bitterness. A good, strong beer, but not quite as much as I’d hoped for. Think it probably needs more aging. Would like to try an older vintage. brew4all (103) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Clear reddish brown pour with a thick off white head. Fruit and malt in the aroma. Tasted complex with sweet fruits and caramels. Finished with a lasting alcohol and malt feel. boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2007
2007 Bottle... Poured a deep, red and purple tone. Thin off white head. Floral aroma, flavors of sweet, barley malt, figs and fruit. Pretty strong, bitter finish. I have an extra bottle I hope to age for a couple of years. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2007
bottle. pours heady with a heavy mahogany hue. thick aromas of milky caramel, melted butterscotch, and a little forest blend. overall the aromas are pretty heavy. onward to the palate. it tastes heavy and syrup-esque, yet pleasantly smooth and hoppy. the sweetness caught me off guard, but the hops and thicker malts counteract the maple syrup sweetness to produce a heavier beer. old wrinkly fruits are also present (raisins, prunes, etc.). the bitterness hits towards the end, almost on the top of the throat. it’s a little tight, and i think i’ll lay the other one down. cheers!