Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2004
I also prefer the late 90s vintages. In a nutshell this was very akin to a Sami Claus lite without the bite. 2003 edition bottle # 09140. I’m sure this will improve with age. I have 2 more bottles and plan on finding a few more forspecial winter days. The cognac of beer. Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
2004: A nice barley wine. Not as fruity as I had hoped for. Still a great Barley Wine. Soked finish. Roasted flavor. TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2004
2003#9432.I found a lot of fruit in tasting this beer, apricots, orange, prunes, brown sugar, and burnt toffee. Quite sweet with a warming alcoholic aftertaste. A nice example of a barley wine. eleusis (70) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Excellent ale! I prefer the older recipe though (pre ’99). Extremely heavy and thick. Not a hint of alcohol. Extremely complex malt flavor, not for everyone. Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Sampled from cask at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2004 (#45) - Vintage 2004 Cask No. 0001 of 0001.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Unclear deep amber colored with no head. Vinous and malty aroma with an alcoholic tone. Mostly sweet with some toffee notes. Flavor is sweet and very complex with fruity and malty notes. Some hoppy bitterness also, more than I remember from the bottled 2003 version. Quite sharp in the taste but still a soft and smooth mouthfull. Notes of toffee, nut and spices and a warming bite of alcohol. Dry towards the finish. Very flavorfull and tasty and definately better than the 2003 version I have tasted from bottle. I’m happy to have tasted this the first and only cask ever produced....!!!
This poured out a reddish brown color with not much of a head only a random scattering of tan bubbles that quickly disappear. Aroma is hugely sweet with ripe dark fruits and malts with a touch of alcohol. The alcohol in the nose becomes more apparent the longer this one sits out. Keeping in line with the smell the taste is big in sweet fruity maltiness a little too much so. There was a molasses like flavor as well and light caramel notes that went nicely and a nice warming alcohol aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and creamy but hurts a little in the carbonation department. The only thing I have against the drinkability is that if it were a 12 oz bottle the sweetness might become too much by the end of the bottle. I am interested to see how the new 2003 edition will age and hopefully mellow the sweetness out a bit. Overall a great beer that I look forward to trying again in the future. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2004
2003 bottle. Rich malty aroma, burnt sugar, ripe berries, dates, peppery alcohol. Hazy ruby amber color, wispy beige head. Intensely sweet, cloying, caramel, dried dark fruit, syrupy. Full bodied and sticky, low carbonation, a little alcohol in the finish. While there certainly is a lot of complexity to this beer, I think this is too sweet right now. With age this should dry out and become more drinkable, at which point I’ll try to re-rate it, but right now Ican’t score it higher. willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
12.10.04 bottle # P 39476, 2004 release. I got three botles, one for now, then the others to age. The color is a beautifully clear beer bottle brown with hardly any head, as expected. Aromas are more earthy than expected underneath honey, grapes, blueberry; hints of barnyard are a surprise. Young as it is, the palate is soft, syrupy, coating, and refined. Mostly honey flavors with figs, plum, raw booze. It’s hot, but not too harsh. Some lingering abuse to the palate from the big ABV and hops leaves the tongue somewhat fatigued...who cares, it still tastes great! beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 10, 2004
Vintage 2003 Edition 00560. Medium orange brown color, slightly hazy. Some chunkies in there. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is brown sugar, toffee and sherry. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. An incredibly complex plethora of flavors going on here. There are, in no particular order, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, candi sugar, cherries, oak, sherry, cinnamon and chocolate. Very smooth. A slight hint of alcohol bite at 11.7$ alcohol. A slight touch of alcohol oilyness. Excellent beer. Can see why this beer ages so well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Seems to last forever. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. biermonk (264) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Vintage 2004 Edition 16550...POured a deep amber color with a small but lasting off white head...Aroma is of sweet malts, grapes, plums and raisins...Flavor was absolutely huge and complex that continued to develope for what seemed forever...very sweet of sugary molasses and dark fruit also i found myself thinking of grapes...Extremely complex beer...Body was very full and thick on the mouthfeel...Great beer but I paid $14.95 for a bottle at Summits Wayside Tavern...Pricey but very good