11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2004
Bottle. Thin brown-white head. Light carbonation. Deep brown in color. Raisin aroma. Malt/hop in the first seconds and a long subtle hop taste. Very nice. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2004
Drank from a Corsendonk tulip glass. Pours a turbid, dark brown with medium head and some floaties. Aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, malt, and slight hops. Tastes malty-sweet, with hints of caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar, almonds, walnuts, and cognac. Finishes smooth, malty, sweet, crisp, and firm. Not a beer for lightweights. Heavy on the palate, with well hidden alcohol presence. One of the best barleywines I've had. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Phan frickin tastic! Pours a muddy brown with a very cool cascade. The head is frothy and thick long to medium lasting. The nose is sweet and comforting and present at a good distance. First there is malts and then thesharpness of hops. The taste is wonderful. Starts out sweet and malty with a strong pull of hops. The hops are citrusy and sharp to the back of tounge. Alcohol is peresent in mouth. Overall, wow this stuff is great! Chupa LaHomebrew (12) - Gahanna, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2004
I don't know the real difference between an old ale and a barleywine, but this seems to have a bit more flavor complexity than most barleywines.First I taste a deep, dark malt with a hint of hops flavor, then there is this break when I swallow, and then a very bitter finish, but with something kind of tangy accompanying it. The mouthfeel is excellent, not too thick and clingy, not overcarbonated, the smaller bubbles make it feel airy. If you like this one, try the batch 6000 from Bell's, a limited release NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 2, 2004
'00 vintage. Cinnamon color. Aromas came blasting at me as I was pouring it. Bouquet full of chocolate, spice, graham cracker, with the alcohol looming in the background. Very rich. Lots of molasses, malt and a touch of smoke. Bittered up nicely on the finish. Truely superb and worth the time laying down, for it mellows out and balances into liquid harmony.
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 1, 2004
ruby-brown colour, fine head, strong hoppy nose, notes of cream and biscuit, cherry, very bitter, oily, very dry, very long hoppy finish with more creamy notes fiulijn (20507) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011 Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 7800 packaged 2007-01-31, 5 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Dark mahogany color, with nice creamy head, reducing to a more frothy layer. Wonderful aroma of old time cookies at first; then caramel, malt, fudge, light phenol. Good body strength, and smooth mouthfeel; strong caramel and malt flavor, correctly sweet without being cloying, also because of a nice nutty touch; it still has a quite strong bitterness, that blends with a pinch of roastiness and the warm alcohol feeling. It aged with grace, and still holds some complexity.
2011-09-28, vertical tasting, batch 9358 packaged 2009-09-23, 2 years old, 10.2% ABV, 8-5-9-5-17=44
Compared to the older bottle, this one has a bigger and more persistent head, more carbonation apparently, a darker shade of brown. The aroma comes in immediately with caramel, vanilla and phenol, with a light soapy sensation, and without the additional cookies found there; but after a while they tend to be similar. The body is equally strong and the mouthfeel equally smooth; there is more focus on the caramel flavor, slightly more sugars, and less nutty touch (that could be both a sign of the age or presence of roasted malts); more pungent, more bitter, more roasted nutty malts in the ends, less harmonious. Equally good.
2004-003-26, 9% ABV (not sure), 8-4-10-5-18=45
Cloudy amber color. Original aroma: malt, nuts, caramel, cookies, milk chocolate. Perfect body structure; malt, caramel, cookies, fudge, medium liquorice, very strong bitterness. Excellent! Thanks Philippe (Bov) for sharing this bottle.
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 This is a damn tasty brew. Pours a deep amber with an off-white head. Aromas of cognac and red wine, roasted mlts, amd a little orange peel with spice. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a flavors that sticks around on the palate for just the right amount of time. Flavors of brown sugar, a little cherry, a hint toward dates, but just a little, with some amazing tobacco notes and a little vanilla and a great smokey flavor. Very smokey. A decent bitter finish to a great brew. Ungstrup (37598) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2004
An unclear red beer with a fine beige head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of roasted bread and yeast. The flavor is sweet and very hoppy both with aroma hops and bitter hops - which gives it a rather bitter finish. A great beer. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
Honey and toffee in the aroma. Malty and very sweet flavour with a hoppy, bitter and dry finish.