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 (5103) - 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 (13191) - 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. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Bottle. Wonderfully strong alcoholic and sweet sugary aroma. Nutty, raisony first sip that is full of strong alcohol and drys to a nutty, warm finish. A belly warmer for sure, it got a bit too sweet for me at the end. It fell short in ratings tonight to a Southampton but beat the barleywine from Heavyweight!
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a dark amber color with a small white head. Smell is of fruits/malts. Taste is of sweet malts/spice and finishes with a hops bitterness/alcohol. Overall one of the better barley wines. beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Dark amber color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, dark fruits molasses and brown sugar. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar. Hops are spicy. Sweet and spicy, touches of cinnamon and nutmeg? Big full flavor, nicely smooth. There is a big alcohol bite, but it somehow works well with this beer. Great winter warmer barley wine. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a pronounced alcohol bite. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2004
The color is brown with a red hue. The smell seems to be of dominant malt, but alcohol is noticeable. The taste is of sweet malt without a powerful hop finish. I would like more hops in this beer, but I like more hops in all beers. Overall good barely wine. I had this on tap at MacGregors in Rochester, NY. Ungstrup (38902) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2004
The aroma is sweet spicy with notes of cloves, prunes, and raisins. The color is dark amber and it has a small orange head. The flavor is very sweet and very warm with notes of malt, caramel, raisins, and plums. A wonderful beer. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
Deep amber, clear with a rather generous head, off-white and with decent lacing, but dissipating after a couple of seconds. Mostly malty sweet nose, but not as rich as most barley wines I’ve had. It consists mainly of brown sugar and vinous fruits (plums, grapes) with notes of vanilla and an obvious if not overwhelming alcohol presence. Thin-Medium bodied, quite smooth, with a tad more carbonation than usual in the style, but somehow, there are peaks where it seems a little boring, too easy going and just not particularly captivating.