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 (13264) - 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 (21274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2011
Sickboy282 (1116) - 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 (38489) - 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 (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2004
Honey and toffee in the aroma. Malty and very sweet flavour with a hoppy, bitter and dry finish. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Re-Rate The aroma is almost three dimensional - astounding. I’m still not sold on the earthines of the flavor. Slowly loses character from the nose to the palate.
Pours almost chunky with a ruby and caramel color. High malt, high hop, fairly peaty in aroma and taste. Astringent aftertaste that the hops don’t quite overcome. Jeppe (2634) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Pours a deep amber beer with a foamy off-white head. Delicious and sweet aroma of toffee, caramel and a fine bite of alcohol. Full-bodied flavor. Sweet roasted malt with lots of spices, raisins and prunes. Hoppy bitter finish. A very complex barley wine. Thanks to Denton (Jokes) for this one!