Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - JUL 13, 2004
bottle. an earthy fruit smell is present here. this looks like cloudy tea(iced tea, i’m in texas afterall). flavor is like a good stout. slight malty fruit with a full body flavor. coffee and toffee on the finish. damn this is good. i want more. Thanks Lumpy. Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2004
Opaque hazy borown with a thick compact off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, alcohol, apples, and scotch.Whooping sweet malt with tequila alcohol. Nice bittering throughout the profile. Fairly heavy palate but well balnced , a whollop ofd hops and a whollop of malt. tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2004 I found this beer by accident. I had bought a sixer of Merry Monks and someone had replaced one monk with this idiot. Oh well, I did mean to pick this up but for some reason hadn?t yet (read: I am cheap). Anyhoo, hearty flavor with a dark amber color. Alcohol is omnipresent, but understandably so. More than one of these might leave you a blithering idiot, but its overall a fine example of the style. Notes of raisins and smoke. Extra points for it being free. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2004
07.01.04 12oz bottle. Darkish amber pour, no head. massively malty aromas, lots of alcohol as well, no hops. The flavor is spicey and burning from alcohol and, perhaps, youth. I’ve had this in the cellar for over a year, but I think it could use more time. It seemed young, harsh. There was a definite emergence of some pepepry notes, some prune and fig, some candied fruits. I wish I had waited until winter (I was in no mood for this stuff today) but I was so hyped about Victory Old Horizontal that I cracked this ’other PA barley wine’ thinking I was keeping in spirit. Oh well, I’ve got more. aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - JUL 2, 2004
This was one of the guest taps at 5 Seasons in Atlanta for the July 1 celebration (yay bigger beer!) A very nice barleywine and one that I think is better for the style than the wimpy for style Old Heathen. This is on the dark side of the brown specturm wiht an ok head. It’s got that big barleywine fruitiness in the aroma backed up with a healthy does of sweet malt and leafy, grassy hops. The caramel-like malt is sweet, but not cloying and blends nicely with the dates and fig fruitiness.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2004
3-4oz sample. Pours a little on the light side for a heavily malted barleywine. The aroma hint of the raisins, dates, and figs that arrive in the flavor. The lingering thickness of this brew really leaves the palate happy. beerlover82 (241) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2011 UPDATE: 11/30/2011:Drink by date on "Big Beers" case is January 26,1012. So I’m going to assume this one is fairly aged, as you these and any barley-wine will age several years past bottling.
Into snifter glass: A gorgeous dark amber near-brown with just enough shiny clear ruby red and cloudiness to keep it from being all dark. Moderate foamy and creamy vanilla head, with nice bubbly holes. Ditto with the lacing. Bubbly carbonation surfaces quite obviously for a while. Decent retention.
My nose detects lots of sweetness from malted barley, fruits, wine-like grapes, and some nuttiness. Very pleasant aromas. A bit on the sweet side. No hops on the nose to speak of.
A fairly above-average body, with very minimal carbonation, obvious malt sweetness comes through. Some of that same grape and nutty characteristics from the aroma come through. Alcohol is surprisingly undetectable, making this a fairly dangerous brew. This seems to be an aged/mature version, last time I’ve had this it was too sweet and little else. This time, it seems to have a little more complexity, due to what I believe is a couple of years maturation.
This is a better brew when it’s matured. Drink it young, and it’s not so swell. Let this age a few years, and it pays off. Very good when it’s properly matured a few years. When it;s c
June 26,2004 Dark brownish-red with short head that fades pretty quick.Aroma is very malty, so is the flavor.Couldn’t taste any hops. Medium to full bodied, this a great beer. Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2004
Dark amber coloured. Very malty aroma. The flavour is also very malty and very sweet. Soft and fruity. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2004
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Real Ale Festival and was poured courtesy of Dr. Bill....or should I call him Dr. Bill the GREAT! This beer poured a cloudy brown with hints of slight orange in the presence. The head was frothy white but faded fairly quickly. The beer had this awesomely sweet and candy-like aroma. Malts everywhere, vanilla and raisins made up nearly all of the aroma. It was like a brown sugar and cotton candy pie! It reminded me a LOT of HotD Adam, but then again my mind might be playing tricks on me. The flavor was all sweet with vanilla, and raisins dominating with almost a hint of cinnammon and caramel in the finish. A slight drying spice in the finish...maybe ginger, but wonderfully sweet, overly sweet almost. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel...great beer! Super great beer! hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Poured a dark reddish/brown in color with a very small head. Aromas of sweet malts, cherrys, raisins and plums. Sweet tasting with dark fruits and slight alcohol (not the 11% that it is though). Body struck me as fizzy and watery.