kerenmk (4722) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle sample at the Vertical Epic Tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Pours opaque dark brown with tan ring. Raisins, spices and dried plum in the nose, sweet taste with some cocoa. Watery light body, smooth texture, no carbonation. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Liked this one...had a little more kick than 03 and 04, in a good way, still very smooth and sweet, but a little more complex. A good kick, up front, a little more acidic, and a lot of sweet fruit. Good stuff, should be drank soon though. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 7, 2013
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks beerandbeyond. Hazy, slightly murky brown with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, some cookie-ish notes and a bit of dark fruits. Sweetish flavor of chocolate, a bit of dark fruits, some spiciness, some oxidation notes and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied. zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2013
(bottle - 22 oz - Night of the Titans 2013) Dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Spice and chocolate in the aroma with a bit of spiced fruits nearing the end. Flavor starts off like a spice mulled hot chocolate with a dry malt middle. Slight fruitiness on the aftertaste with a nice bit of spice. My second favorite of the series thus far. rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Huge thanks to Tim and Rachel! From bottle. Muddy deep amber pour with no head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, earthiness, creamy bubblegum yeast and spice. Flavor is dark fruits, earthiness and toffee malts. Meh, pretty weak to me.
jbruner (4702) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle thanks to Tim and Rachel! Pours a a hazy reddish brown with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, a hint of spice, earthiness, and dark chocolate. Taste follows, well balanced with just a hint of booze. Good stuff. stevencon (522) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
From bottle. Merky brown tan head lingers. Even this old its still has good retention. Light chocolate notes. Oxidation. Sweet malt light chocolate maybe some rye malt? Floral earthy character. Oxidation cardboard lingers. enjoy able complex beer. johnnnniee (4285) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
I was fortunate to try this last night at an epic tasting held by my good friend Mike, thanks for the opportunity MrBarleywine!
Pours a slightly hazy ruby brown color with a smallish off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, and light sugar with a bit of ashy, roasty, bubblegum, and molasses. Lightly spicy notes provide a balance to the sweetness and roast. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Sweet and sugary with caramel, chocolate, and cocoa with hints of spice, fruit and gingerbread. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. We are starting to get a bit darker and this one is right up my alley. This is a nice beer that has held up well, I enjoyed it. ben4321 (6422) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Location: Bottle at Nerd Beer Epic Weekend, 1/25/13
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Aroma: The aroma is sweet and malty, toffee, caramel and some fruity notes
Appearance: This one pours a dark reddish brown color with a small head
Flavor: The taste is similar to the nose, it is rather sweet with a nce flavor to it
Palate: The body is light-medium and it has a decent feel to it
This one is still very solid, though it has definitely gotten rather sweet. It aged pretty well, with some nice components to it.
Location/Date:Bottle on January 25th, 2013 during day 1 of Nerd Beer Epic Weekend.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon.
Aroma: Aroma of malty caramel
Taste: Caramel, dark fruit, faint chocolate.
Palate:Medium light body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: After 03.03.03 turned out well, 04.04.04 did not, was pleasantly surprised with 05.05.05. About as good as the 03.03.03 and a very solid beer.