TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12 oz bottle #458 of the 2006 vintage. Pours to a bright, deep amber color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is just fantastic, with lots of big aromas citrus and pine, paried with the aromas of sweet malt, toffee, plum, dates, and peppery alcohol. The palate is slick and oily on the tongue. Big flavors of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, plum, and date coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more of those big malty and estery flavors up front, then ends with a warming, soothing, peppery burn that lingers along with some citrus/piney hops. The ultimate night cap, this is one fantastic barley wine. I grabbed the last two bottles at the Publick House, and regret I could not find more. SeamusNeko (45) - Anacostia, Washington DC, USA - APR 29, 2004
Equipment: 2003 vintage, bottle #88 of 500. 12 oz size, served at cellar temperature in a Trois Pistoles goblet.
Appearance: Murky reddish orange topped by a short-lived and even shorter head. A light film of bubbles was all that was left after a minute or so. No lacing was left on the glass.
Aroma: Quintessential barleywine nose. Incredibly aromas filled my nostrils from over a foot away. Intense hop and toasted malt aromas. A great amalgam of British and American interpretations of the style.
Flavor: Strikingly bittersweet caramel and toasted malt flavors at first. The hops then kick in and pack a wallop, maybe too much of one, but that’s what aging is for. I’m thinkin it’s all C-hops bein used here: Cascades, Centennial, Chinook and maybe some Tomahawk for good measure. Wonderful stuff.
Palate: Thick, buttery, and creamy with long lasting hop aftertastes and belches.
Overall: Wow. this is some fine fine beer. I hope that I’ll be able to get another bottle of this someday. If I’d bought another one when I was in Brooklyn, wild horses would have had to drag me away from it. rajendra82 (1095) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2004
This 12 oz. bottle (No. 194 of 500) of 2004 vintage Old Herb was sent by shippos as part of a BIF X-Mas package. The beer poured opaque orange in color with a couple of inch tall head sticking above the rim of the goblet. The head stuck around for a while and left a solid sheet of lace around the glass as it died.
The aroma was sweet and strong, with grapefruit, pineapple, passion fruit, and honey mixed in with caramel, and raisins.
The taste was similar to citric fruits in honey with some rinds creeping in. The malts were definitely accented in this beer with the hops being quite restrained. The alcohol was well covered up in the cascading sweetness.
Mouthfeel was sticky and syrupy, and the aftertaste was nicely warming. Soft and mellow, I liked this beer a lot. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Hope I’m reading my notes correctly - bottle #409 of 2004, much thanks to Casey (DYCSoccer17). Muddy blonde brown, moderate head. Strong, addictive, warm and savory caramel malt-laden aroma. Expertly infused with sharp citrus and evergreen. Flavor is much softer and insinuating than suggested by the aroma. Raw woody/nutty tobacco notes followed by a slight dollop of syrup and an exciting, pungent bitterness, hemmed in by another sheaf of citrus hoppiness. Fruity (peach/apricot) and slightly minty/cooling finish. A really fine beer. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Bottle 466. Very similar to Stones Double Bastard in all categories, Aroma, taste, mouthfeel. Very strong hops I am glad I did not cellar this.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Big Malty and unexpected. Clooudy and brown with a thin white head that lasts through the beer clinging to the sides of the glass. The beer is very sweet and malty with a heavy dose of hops (american C hops with some british sided also). Sweet and sticky with a taste of brunt caramel corn and a fruity date and prune flavor. The palate is wonderful with the taste lasting long after the drink. A very nice B W on the amltier side of the spectrum. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This beer was received thanks to winning the Scavenger Hunt contest and comes to me thanks to Austinpowers. Bottle 427 of 500 2004 batch. This beer pours an orange cloudy color with many shades of lighter and darker colors. Thin but creamy white head which left a small degree of lacing on my glass. The aroma is caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and slight warming alcohol. The flavor is full bodied with caramel pine in the finish. Brown shugga style beer with a sweet caramel backbone and a bitter heavily carbonated finish. Long lasting wet finish, full bodied and sticky! I’d be scared to see how well this would be when aged, but I just had to try it! Outstanding! Bov (12888) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 28, 2007
courtesy of fiulijn; 2005 vintage sampled 12/2007 - slightly hazy bordeaux colour, poor head; aroma of prune, licorice with a touch of alcohol and a strong hop presence; oily and full-bodied, powerful bitterness; dry and long bitter aftertaste of prune, herbs, pepper with notes of warming alcohol notalush (5883) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2003
2003 - 12oz bottle number 128 of 500 - MMM, very complex, even for a barleywine - chocolate, roasted oats, cherries, raisins, brown sugar, molassas, and somehow they all work together - a little astrigent at first, but mellows as it warms - very impressive for such a young example - Southampton does it again. DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Pours a tawny, burnt orange with a minimal bubbly head. Aroma is sweet citrous, dark fruit and molasses candy. Pungent yet, nice, I am eager for the first taste. After a year in the cellar, this 2003 version has mellowed much, and improved substantially. Oh, yeah! This is a complexity of fruity sweet malts, rich, big mouthfeel and ample hops for a perfect balance. Didn't even like it new, butI LOVE it aged. Cheers again Phil.