brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 Big thanks to whom ever was generous enough to break this out that the ‘Nooga fest. I had stepped out for a moment and almost missed this exquisite treat. Fortunately my wife snagged a taste for me (she’s the best!). Bottle #26/225 (2002). Looked a hazy amber color in my glass. The aroma was caramel with toffee. Sweet and inviting. The flavor explodes with toffee, dark fruit, chocolate/coffee, and the bourbon barrel is barely noticable. Very creamy texture anbd warm. An absolute taste sensation. It saddens me to know that I will likely never get my own bottle of this.
Beer Cellar brought a 4-year vertical to Noog 4! Could not even believe it. 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006. General notes were that 2002 & 2004 were much lighter in color than the later years. 2002 & 2004 had enough years on them that they stole the show, with 2002 showing much fuller integraion of all flavors with caramel being the central flavor profile. 2004 was also well integrated but having a touch a chocolate not found in the 2002. 2005 was one of Jen’s favorite but I thought 2005 & 2006 needed more time int the bottle to get the ultra smooth flavors found in the oder bottles. 2006 was still very boozy and the wood was almost overpowering. No change in score. This stuff is awesome!
Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A reddish orange appearance with a minimal head. A whiskey and cherry aroma. This one is a little bit on the sweet side with some oak notes. The flavor is cherries, burbon, strawberries, with a nutty presence. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter and warming. An excellent beer.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dark amber hue with a frothy, eggshell head. Oak aroma is well integrated. No overt alcohol overtones. Peat, caramel, brown sugar and dark bread aromas. Reminds me specifically of a whisky Iíve had before but I canít remember which (maybe I should rate them, no? *snort*) Heavily sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish with moderate alcohol (warming, not hot). Medium-full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: not quite as smokey as I would like and a little much alcohol even though itís not a bad taste. Still, damn good.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smells like apricots and citrus with dark fruits. sooooo appreciative to get to try this. thanks whoever brought this for the fest. black licorice and grapefruit-y flavors. pretty frickin decent. dry finish
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUN 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #92 graciously provided by BBB63. Thank you so much for the opportunity to try this Mike! Opaquish medium amber in color with a persistant off-white head and fair lacing. Pleasant woody and bourbon aroma which doesnít overpower the fruity and floral notes of the malt. A bit of oxidation in the nose but it seems to blend in nicely. Residual sugars are still present, a nice woody and slightly tannic profile does this BW justice. Medium to full bodied, slightly drying. A bit boozy. Damn nice example of a barrel aged beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle - of course, #123 of 225. Pours clear, dark, ruddy amber with a small off-white head that diminishes mostly but leaves some lacing. The aroma of this brew is complex and delicious, very fruity, plentiful malts, with scents of over-ripe apricot, orange and fig, along with pronounced oaky notes, hints of bourbon and an assertive turpentine and pine hop scent. The alcohol becomes much more pronounced in the aroma as it warms becoming a predominant feature at room temp. The flavor is rich and sweet with a huge fruity maltiness, more oak and bourbon, alcohol and the hops occuring as aged and candied grapefruit rind. Mouthfeel is full and almost syrupy with a gently creamy carbonation. Iíve been saving this one for a while and itís indeed, quite a treat!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #92 provided to me by Joe and shared with Kuhnhenn shindig ratebeerians: Murky orange hue with a lasting small fizzy head and some lace. The aroma has salty and peaty notes, light oak, piney and spicy hops, clove, and wonderful oxidition and old ale esters. The taste starts with a big WOW of spicy and bitter characters supported by a moderate sugary and subdued oaky note. A touch fruity, but more akin to orange zest than grapefruit. The finish has a bite of bitters, salt, and alcohol snap. The feel is oily and lush with enough power that you know itís a Numbskull at heart. Worthy of itís place among the panthon of world-class beers. Glad to have shared this, sadly it will not be with the RBSG gathering.
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2006 Bottle: Courtesy of BBB63 at Kuhnhennís. Bottle #92. Nice malty banana bread, caramel, bourbon, wood, and hop aroma. Pours a cloudy amber with a small off-white head. Lots of caramel up front. Banana bread seems to be covered up by the bourbon and woodiness. Hops are also rather subdued due to the barrel aging. Not as present as the aroma suggests. Bourbon is the strongest in the finish. Flavor seems to show more signs of age than Iíd expected from a barley wine brewed two years ago. Very nice.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2009 First of all, thanks to Hopscotch for the bottle! 750ml bottle. 2002 vintage, #179/225. Shared with Heemer77. Pours dark reddish/orange with no discernible head. The aroma is all barrel aged; bourbon, vanilla, lots of oak. The flavor is initially brown sugar, honey, and semi-sweet malt. The mid-taste is barrel-aged flavors and it is somewhat hot with some dark sugar tastes, but mostly barrel aging. I have only liked a few barrel aged beers, I find that the barrel aging takes over the flavor instead of complimenting it, this was no exception. Still a good beer, but I would probably rather have the non-BA version.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JoeeC5. This is a great Barley Wine. Caramel, Malt, and woody flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and dry.