asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
[no year marked on bottle, purchased 2005]
Hazy mahogany with not much effervescence and only a thin white ring for head. Nice grainy barleywine aroma containing some almost sour banana and only a faint glimmer of hops. Really only a little fruit and perhaps a touch of coffee. Flavour=pure malt. This beer is even sort of worty--could it possibly be under attenuated? Or not yet fully conditioned? Excellent clean flavour with only a slight hint of dried fruit and brown sugar. Is this a biere de garde? Very low carbonation and a bit sticky, though full bodied. Clean finish after the graininess dissipates.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to gputty for sharing this with me! Brown/garnet pour, small tan head. Nose is molasses and dark fruits. Flavor is true to the nose, with the fruits taking center stage, nicely complemented by the molasses. Very smooth, even palate! Finish is slightly dry. A lovely grand cru!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle- Thick set russet brown color with a small, compact tannish cap. Bits of lace grab hold in light ink blot patches.
Nice aroma of tangy molasses and dark fruity syrup. Fairly plump and ripe with raisin, fig, and dates floating around on top keeping a big boosted sweet malt profile. Notes of slightly burnt or smoldering doughnut dough.
Taste is darkly sweet and ripe with ample dark fruity flavors masked within a molasses tang. Has a partial smokey finish with regards to some vanilla, brown sugar, and licorice. Nice doughy center and creamy mouthfeel with a sweetly dark brigade behind it all keeping a fairly bold and dense action of flavors and bread doughy heft. Dark cherry hints and very light tobacco spices sweep off and on throughout the finishing areas as it floats away with one finely appealing dryness.
Mellow but stark and darkly set with sweet fruits and sugared breads. Age has suited this well. The feel is quite big still. Creamy medium/full tilted body with just a slight edge of warmth and alcoholic texture underneath. Bold, clean, and rightly set with dark fruity tang and sweetness. Nicely balanced. Easily drinkable and easy to get use to. 10% shows up later. A nice complimentary beer to all the other fine Alesmith brews. Yum.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a slightly cloudy brownish reddish, with some yeastlings laying at the bottom. Aroma big on dark fruits, figs and the whatnot, caramel, alcohol, and some malt lingering in there. Mouthfeel is very warming, alcohol is not really trying to hide. Raisins and caramel pretty much dominate this nice attempt at a belgian.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle at LCRBM] nice red colour with a big head. yeasty nose, fruity and rich, sugary, raisins, peach, caremel, spiced. full body, dry finish.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. Pours a medium brown color with a very small light tan head. Nose is heavy on sour/tarness, some sort of cherry likeness and a bit of doughiness. Taste is very full bodied. Lots of dates and yeasty doughy notes. chocolate, caramel and toasted malts come through. Fills your mouth with warmness and a nice velvety sensation.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Warming and quite soft. Doesnít taste particularly Belgian to me, excpet for the slight tart sounrness. Got loads of different flavours. caramel, cookies, red berries, wood, toffee, lots of hops in the finish. Didnít quite work for me though, but it was a very tasty beer.
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
No#26. Aroma is lively and lightly sour. Taste has a light berry sourness to go with a malty body, dry long finish. Not as good as the wee heavy, but excellent different beer.
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at LCRBM. another great alesmith brew, thanks Tim. aroma: grassy hop, malty, caramel, dark fruits(figs, raisins, plums). taste: nice bittersweet, grassy and grapefruity hoptaste with lots of fruit.
hides itís alc. very well. full bodied not much co2. very nice!!
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
No head at all. Cognac coloring. Caramel nose. Tangy cheesy malty taste. It gets sour in the middle though which I donít like, and the finish is dry. This one needs work. Itís too sour to the palate. I actually poured out most of the 22 oz bottle! $14.00 down the drain. The IPA is the best Alesmith offering in my opinion.