Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
(Bottle 65 cl) Very dark, clear amber - almost like bourbon - with a tiny, off-white head. Extremely floral hop aroma - you almost don’t need to taste this brew, you can sit for a looong while simply sniffing and enjoying the fantastic aromas. Full-bodied with a shipload of malt and caramel. The aroma hops also leave quite some bitterness, but it’s never overpowering - even for my palate. A truly great brew. 031205 MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2007 Bottle. Very strong fresh, spicy hop aroma. Hazy red/brown colour, nice stable light brown head. Flavour is very nice, powerful with some teaishness from the hops. High bitterness, along with the alcohol burning my throat a bit. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 19, 2005
maybe ive just been drinking mostly hoppy stuff lately, but this didnt seem as harsh as some recent reviews. yes, there is some alcohol presence, i found this to be farily smooth for how big and sticky this beer was. it will be interesting to taste this when it gets a little age on it. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
22oz waxed bottle. RLB YEHA-05. Poured a deep orange in color with no head. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Piney and citrusy. Light malt presence.Sugary sweet and hoppy flavor. Caramel notes. Very hot Finish is hot and sweet. Ok. Needs some time. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Pours a nice glowing grapefruit color, hazy. Barely any head, slight lacing. Aroma is mostly hops- resinous, piney, lime. Brown sugar as well. Taste starts with a large dose of brown sugar with traces of molassis. Sweet, sugary but fairly well balanced with fruity hops. Solid earthy bitterness. Finish is sweet, fruity, lasting with noticeable toasted malts. Nice soft mouthfeel. What’s great about this beer is the delicate balance- nothing dominates, unless you have an aversion to hops.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2005
NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Deep amber body with some noticeable viscosity and a thin filmy off-white head. Appealing range of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas but also smells quite resinous. Alcohol is also quite apparent in the nose. Flavor is not exactly bad but was too rough and out of balance. Hop profile is like sucking on tree bark, the bitterness is coarse and harsh yet the residual malt sweetness seems quite high, and the impression of alcohol is elevated and hot. May just need time for the hop flavor and bitterness to soften and the malts to open up and provide some integrating balance. As a young barley wine, this wasn’t especially pleasing. I preferred the small sample that I mixed with a dash of New Glarus Belgian Red. Long sought after, I won’t say I’m disappointed but rather be optimistic instead and say that a re-rate is pending circa 2008 if the beer gods grant me the opportunity.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12.10.05 Bomber, RLB YEHA-05 Well, I’ve waited many moons to have a crack at this beer. Pours a hazed dark amber with thin white head. There’s no mistaking this is a FFF brew the moment the pink wax is cut and the cap released. Aroma is pungent with cat piss, scads of alcohol, and plenty of citrus/grapefruit blossom. The beer is much sweeter than I anticipated, and uncomfortably so with the enormous amount of alcohol present throughout. The stuff is intensely hot, harsh, and almost mean to the senses. It’s certainly not the top ten barley wine I’d hoped, but it’s brash and bold enough to make me glad to have tried it. JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
(on bottle at CPH Yeha05)OMG, here´s respect to a giant beer, Witch btw is too much for me. the best is a heavy nose of grapes, elderflower and at least a ton of hops. The alcohol is very dominant, even in the flavour and tjhe rest gets overwhelmed by the high sugarcontent. What´s the point with the the bottle size, one could ponder on that and the whole designline from 3F, in another lif time, for now, thanx for the effort. Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 13, 2005
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice head. Extreme hoppy, but very hoppy smooth aroma. Complexity of hops, malt and alcohol. Very delecious and nice. Just a wonderful barley wine. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Finally got ahold of one of these fatties. The beer glowed with a nice rosy-redness in the light. Sweet-smelling nose was very inviting. Great texture ... thick (especially as it warmed), weighty and smooth, but not necessarily cloying (alcohol warmth seemed to cleave that right off). Hops were electric on the tongue right from the beginning. Surprisingly, I found the malt sweetness (mostly caramel notes) to be rather subdued (for some reason I was thinking it would be sweeter). Hop flavors/aromas were plant-like and grapefruity. A healthy amount of bitterness -- laden with a woody saltiness -- followed through into the finish, and lingered in the aftertaste. Halfway down the bottle, and on occasion, some really nice notes surfaced (hard to define, kind of "woodsy," but not "woody," if that makes any sense ... perfect pairing for a cigar, if that makes it any clearer). Fantastic brew, at any rate.