Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark mahogany that is almost brown. Vanilla and caramel with some bourbon. It is also a hot beer.
auto (163) - California, USA - FEB 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
smells like seaweed but kinda salty, nice dark brown orange colour, a woodsy fruity flavor.. a little bit worse than the hair of the dog but still good
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
big nugget 200: fig flavors, smokey, oaky, and sweet. <--all i wrote down. i need to get a little more full in my descriptions
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught 04’ vintage @ Brouwer’s Café during Hard Liver 2006: Deep amber, ruby hued, moderate tannish head, foamy, nice lacing. Piney nose, slight tea leafed hop. Somewhat strong tea leaf on the tongue, moderate malt body, semi-sweet, and fairly clean. Slight alcohol warming, but the ABV is well hidden. Not as big as I would have thought. Lingering malt and tea leaf finish. Good, but not as good as I was thinking it would be. Don’t much care for the tea leaf aspect either. A strong citrus or pine aspect would have been better, IMHO at least.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 vintage on tap at HardLiver. Nice clear, medium amber colored BW. Fantastic tan head forms and leaves just stunning lacing behind. Full heady hop aroma mixes well with some molasses tones. Nicely balanced, plenty of hop presence still. Well done.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 2007: Big head on a dark brown body. Aroma of peach, melon, chocolate, alcohol and light toffee....and lots of hops. Palate shows chcolate, hops...a clean profile with pleasing balance and a slight roastiness late.
2006: Hazy dark amber colour. Big chewy brown sugar aroma with a light toasty note. Smooth and sweet palate with further brown sugar malts and late alcoholic dryness. 8 4 8 4 17 = 4.1
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Vintage - A very pretty garnet color, with a light hoppy soapy aroma, floral and non descript, very light on the palate, floral and fragrant, sweet and husky with a somewhat lighter malt backbone, lots of rich brown sugar and bittersweet fruits.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 Bottle 2008 vintage.
Deep amber pour. The nose is pretty intense. Rich sweet nose and a bit of sweet malt and light chewy caramel. A nice toffeeish character toward the back, but also with a pretty assertive fruity hoppiness. A kiss of chocolate adds another touch of malt complexity to the brew. It’s got a lot of fruity hoppiness but it doesn’t really come across as being all that bitter. Intense mix of flavour that are still nicely balanced. Sort of a dark, toasted barleywine, but it’s pretty nice really.
Tap at the 2006 Hard Liver Festival. Vintage 2004. Gorgeous amber-garnet colour, nice fine-laced dark tan head. Sticky lace as well. Aroma is fairly herbal and minty. Sweet malts, well balanced. Flavour is malty but also very fruity with cherry and blackberry esters throughout. Lingering peppery finish.
8 4 7 4 15
droopy49 (97) - Lancaster, California, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 on tap at Toronado BW-fest on 2/19/06. Poured dark amber with a small lacing head. Nice fruity aroma with a subtle hoppy nose. Good malty flavor with notes of caramel and brown sugar. Rich lingering mouth feel with a smooth warming finish.
OldGrowth (2326) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Great Alaskan Barleywine Festival ’06. 2004 vintage. Ok nose fruity. Dried fruits, fig/date/raisin and whisky. Hazy orangy brown color, ok head that left a nice ring. Bittersweet flavors, like aroma with whisky and fig mainly. Medium body,thick creamy mouthfeel, bitter dryish finish. Nice barleywine, mellowing nicely by other comments about fresher vintages. Wish I had found a bottle in my travels around the metro Anchorage area.