Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Pours a cloudy, red/brown with very little if any head. Smells of Raisins, figs, spice with a background of alcohol--even brandy. Taste a little thin when cold but becomes richer as it warms. Like the description says, it’s malty without being overly sweet. An initial taste of raisins or dates, then a short bump of malt, then a mildly sweet alcohol taste. Do I get a vague metallic note at the very end? Let's try another sip..no, it's more of an almost imperceptible bitterness. I will admit this is a relatively complex beer, and as it warms its complexity and aroma increase dramatically. Not a quaffing beer, but a sipper. bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2003
Garnet brown with a small off white head. Slightly alcoholic aroma of caramel and raisins. Initial taste is of sweet caramel malt, raisins, and black cherries. some mild spiciness and a slight pleasant alcohol burn show up midway, leading to a nice bitter finish. Full bodied and quite enjoyable. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2003
This brew is dark amber with a medium thick off-white head. Thin lacing in patches all the way down the side of the glass. Strong caramel aroma with a little fruit. Rich body, with a lot of caramel and malt in the flavor. It is pretty hard to hide that high an ABV, but this beer does a pretty good job. The alcohol flavor is not very strong. The alcohol is sweet up front and gets progressively more spicey throughout. This is a very good beer. Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Amber with a dark beige head. Caramel and toffee aroma. Very sweet with caramel and raison flavors. Full bodied with the alcohol well hidden. Very drinkable too. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2003
Quickly dissapating head that smells of vinegar and sugar. Color is a good dark amber. Good mouthfeel, but the taste is a little off. Both sweet and sour notes. Quite a sting of alcohol to it. Very strange- I wonder if this bottle is bad/oxidized.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Update - 8/20/03 - my second go at this beer improved my opinion. Copper with a small tan head. Very nice lacing. Big chewy caramel, fruity aromas. Flavors are very subdued. Sweet maltiness with a bit of hop biterness on the finish. Surprisingly "small" tasting for such big aromas. The alcohol is masked very well. odyssey24 (2) - Temple, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2003 does not count
This beer pours with a amber /caramel hue. The initial taste is a spicy/fruity zap with a hint of alcohol. Finishes nice and makes you want another one. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 1, 2003
Pours with a brownish-red body topped by a thick off-white head with good lace left on the glass. Sweet and fruity (berries) malt aroma with hints of anise and a touch of alcohol. Slightly sweet malt flavor with alcohol notes and a slight fruitiness. Some spicy hop character helps in balancing the sweetness. Full bodied, slightly oily and tingly on the tongue. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 24, 2003
Had a bottle of this after work last night. This brew pours a dark ruby. The average tan frothy/creamy head diminishes quickly to a thin head that stays for the whole game. The nose initially is alcohol, cinnamon, cherries, orange, and banana. As the beer breathes and warms the nose changes to raisins, prunes, dates, nuts and maple. The brew is fruity and sharp initially, and smoky and warm with hints of spice and licorice as it approaches cellar temp. The body is full, fizzy, and dry. The finish feels heavily alcoholic. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUL 10, 2003
Pours out of the bottle a clear redish amber color with a medium sized tan head, slight lacing. A full bodied aroma with lots of caramel, very malty, a hint of orange peel. Flavor is malty, sweet but not overpowering, caramel evident, with a dry, slightly alcoholic finish that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Flavor is a bit one-dimentional, but it's a good one dimention. Palate fits well. It's not the best barleywine out there, but overall a very nice brew.