Bill Becker (2012) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2017
From Dec 2006
Poured from 12oz bottle(room temp) a clear reddish gold with a large head of foam that eases back some but remains as a solid layer throughout the session. Oh, and there's plenty of lacing.
The smell has a huge nose of caramel malt with some hoppiness in the background.
The taste is very sweet up front. Nice caramel and butterscotch followed closely by some some hop bitterness and a good sour fruit bitterness. Very complex and very warming! A good one to drink on this cold snowy day. The finish is semi sweet and something that ends the flavours in a positive way. A great sipper, I doubt I could drink another one of these right away but that's not saying anything negative about it. I want to stretch this glass out. ;^)
Bottom line: I've held on to this bottle for a while now and it's quite the treat. I got a 2005 bottle waiting for me..maybe later today.
Thanks to Nutbrown for providing both bottles in a past trade!
MPA (1040) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle, rated February 2016. Hazy red with off white head. Roma of raisins and dates. Sweet flavour of Daim chocolate. Ummmm.... MaltOne (412) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Bottled in 2005, embibed 2014.(bottle #42 of 500). Exquisite. Pours hazy chestnut with visible particulate. Probably could have been decanted. Bottle foamed on opening. Big fluffy head that subsided to thin layer of what looked like cream. Nose - big but soft, complex; chocolate, dried dark fruit, plum pudding. Flavor - follows the aroma and add licorice, the real licorice, and cream. Palate - beautifully textured on the tongue without being syrupy. Flavors start creamy and builds to the more robust flavors, then becomes an ethereal but lingering reminder of what came before. Phenomenal that a nine - ten year old brew has so much character. alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle at a tasting in 2011 from notes. Pours a hazy orange/golden color with a small white head. The aroma and flavor has sweet caramel and brown sugar, a hint of tobacco, earthy notes and a slight hint of oxidation that promoted sherry notes. The alcohol is very well hidden which adds a point. This is the only time I’ve seen this beer, but would be interested in another taste. mcberko (19880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
2011 vintage, 12 oz. bottle, sent from javit (thanks a lot, Adam). Pours a beautiful dark mahogany with a small beige head. Nose is very malty, with dark fruits, caramel malts, some mild candied sugar, and an herbal note. Flavour has lots of caramel malt sweetness, some toffee, feint dark fruits and loads of booze - there is definitely a big boozy burn on the finish, along with lots of sweetness. Somehow the sweetness is contained by the intense heat, almost making two wrongs a right, except that the heat is too much. Low complexity, dominated mostly by caramel sweetness and booze. Perhaps age would settle this, though older reviews seemed to indicate the same thing, so I couldn’t be bothered waiting. Decent sipper.
hallinghansen (3474) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 17, 2012
Unclear amber body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is hops, fruit, caramel, spices. Flavor is caramel, fruit, dried fruit like apricots and pineapples, hops, pine needles, light alcohol. Nice lacings, well balanced. More like an iipa! PhillyCraft (8202) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Tiny sample from bottle after a long tasting. This one had a reputation of being past it’s prime but It was still worth a go. Pours hazy brown orange. Small beige head and light lace. Aromas and taste were strong vanilla, slight oxidized rust, bread, apples, and spice. Plenty of carbonation. Not bad just overshadowed by the others brews that night. Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Pours unclear amber in color with a decent light tan head. The aroma is light sweet malts typical of the style with a bit of the booziness there at the end. The flavor is not as huge as expected overwhelming in booze or sweet malts, the alcohol may have settled a bit over the year. It is palatable for sure with an ABV of 11. Dunt (321) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Jeff pulled this beauty out of his cellar late night. 2006 vintage poured into a Stone IRS tulip. Pours a flat honey brown. It is completely translucent in clarity. Nose is hops, honey, and malt. Taste is rather pleasant, perfumery hops, smooth malts, and some caramel. Smooth mouthfeel, light booze, and a moderate finish. Nice barley wine for the age, would like to see what this guy tastes like fresh. madvike (3306) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2011 bottle, 250/500 from hbmason...thanks Tim! Pours chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Mild nuttiness, nice mild herbal maltiness. Touch of floral hoppiness. Alcohol is present, but not overbearing. Taste is fruity--lots of plums and raisins with a big overlay of nuttiness, dry grainy malt, and a lightly spicy finish. Big fluffy carbonation with a soft body.