Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Bottle from 2005. Consumed July 6th, 2006. Poured crystal clear with that perfect copper hue. However the head was disappointing. Aroma is classic Barleywine. It’s kinda sweet and malty. The taste is thick and viscous. A sweet malty flavor, fruity and sweet sugar along with some nice hop bitterness biting along the edge of my tongue. I also taste a bit of yeast that gives it just a slight hint of Belgium beer flavor. Really good beer for the ABV. First couple of ounces the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Leaves a sweet malty and fruity aftertaste. Might be a bit on the sweet side. All and all, nice beer. jefcon (1906) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Sleek and shimmering on the surface. Little head and a shiny caramel complexion. Aromas are dry with some earthy spices. A sip gives up some fruit -- cherries, raspberries, and apricot -- and straw or heather. Alcohol throughout, and not in the least bit hidden. Lots of length to the palate, even with a tiny taste. Complex and silky. Unique brew. TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Very deep amber body, with a ligher foamy head that fades fast. The aroma is very syrupy sweet. This has a definate fruit taste, quite complex and full bodied. Very good. bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2006
Amber body, no head, sweet and a nice burn of alcohol which wasn’t overpowering as I was expecting, caramel and apples in the taste.
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Man this stuff is strong. Pours a transparent light brown color with a thin trace of white head. Pleasant fruity notes in the aroma with strong wiffs of alcohol. Face smackingly strong taste. Lots of fruit and burning alcohol in the flavor. I enjoyed this but it’s obviously far too young. It may be years before I re-rate this sucker as I don’t see myself trying it again without at least 3 years of age. Seems like there’s lots of potential here.
KnutAlbert (6758) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2006
The alcohol comes on strong in this one, and I am reminded of port and sherry. Lots of sweet fruit in the taste, and a finish very similar to the strongest Belgian brews - probably due to them using a similar yeast to boost the alcohol content. It is pleasant to sit and sip this with a good book, rather like a glass of whisky. Rather flat, at least my bottle was so.
It claims that it ages well, as is often the case of the stongest beers. If I had a decent cellar, I just might lay down a few bottles - but then I probably would have gone for some vintage port instead
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2006
’03 bottle. BIG MALT!!! Holy smokes, this is literally liquid honey. To get that ABV up there they needed sugar and boy does this have it. The grains are out in force like wet brown sugar and bourbon. The alchohol is there but it amazingly takes backseat to the malt. I could sit here for a half hour and pick out every flavor in the malt; suffice to say, it takes on as many flavors as any Doppelbock I’ve had. Whew! themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2006
2003 Vintage. Goes down very smooth. Alcohol isn’t nearly as apparent as one would expect. Highly rich and complex in nature. A must try for any brew enthusiast. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2006
12oz - 2004 vintage - Aroma is strong. Alcohol, prune, alcohol, carmel, toffee, raisin, and oh did I mention alcohol? Pours transparent brown with small head and decent lacing. Flavor is sweet and hot with alcohol. Brown sugar, dark fruit, carmel, toffee, raisin, and molasses. Palate is surprisingly clean. Interesting brew. Even though the alcohol is apparent, it doesn’t burn for 14%. A sweet and tasty brew. User37895 (3042) - - JUN 3, 2006
Sampled 2004 bottle. Poured a nice amber orange color with a thin but very defined head that lasted the entire drink while lacing after each sip. Aroma was sharp, of alcohol and some spices, somewhat Belgian-like. Flavor was cherries, grapes, and some apples, and spices... very sweet (too much so) with a little bit of an alcohol punch to finish. Lots of stuff going on in this one. Alcohol was definitely noticeable but not overbearing. Mouthfeel was sharp with all the alcohol.