kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ML bottle: Coppery amber w/ a lasting cream colored, creamy head. Bready malt with toffee and caramel. Light lemony citrusy hop and hints of roastiness and alcohol. Some dried dark cherry fruit aroma. Well balanced & malty @ first w/ a resiny hop flavor in the finish & aftertaste. Moderate toasted malt w/ some hints of roasty flavor. Herbal hop & light lingering bitterness as well into the aftertaste. Alcohol is more present as it warms. Full bodied, low carbonation w/ a hot alcohol presence taking away from the enjoyment, but very smooth/creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is a little too present in this one to be completely ejoyable. Lots of flavor, but lots of alcohol!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red-brown w/ spare off-white foam. Aroma of caramel, toffee, grapefruit, orange & woody hops. Sticky, resiny feel. Flavour is sweet & malty but well-balanced w/ light acidic, almost vinous undertones. Finish is long, bitter & peppery.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’04 bottle opened in celebration of the new homestead in Hood River, aka "The Hood". Deep amber colored with an uneven whitish head. Great lacing. Aroma is a bit musty with leather and stale tobacco notes. I missed out on the exotic fruit notes. Nicely malty, medium bodied and carbonated nicely. Ample hop bitterness remains to balance out the malt bill. Quite nice.
fordest (2010) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy copper with no lasting head to speak of. Aromas of dark fruits, cherry, currant, pear, and caramel. The alcohol heat hits first in the flavor with some hops in the middle and a clean malty finish. Very Very yummy.
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amber orange hue with a cloudy appearance of dust seen through out the glass. Small layer of sand colored head but it breaks up pretty quick leaving the beer naked. I could smell the aroma from a good distance away as soon as i opened it. It has that strong floral hop and grapefruit essence to it, which i love . Flavor is a bit enticing and carries a sweet malt tone added with the same hop profile I detected in the aroma. I’m not exactly sure what year this is from 2003 or mid 2004? though, I feel a fresh bottle of this from the current year would blow me away with flavor, and thats exactly how i prefer my barleywines. I admit age does beers like this justice but then again it alters other benefits in exchange. I didn’t notice as much characterisitcs as i had expected such as a sticky palate texture or extreme bitterness. It’s just not the same as what i could imagine it tasting new from a fresh batch. All in all, this is a damn good beer and must be experienced by anyone who loves good beer.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. Pours dark orange to brown with off-white head. Aromas of dark fruits, heavy malt, and piney hops. Flavor tends towards the hops, and not as complex as expected. Still very good, but I think I would prefer it aged another year or two.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 RBSG - Vineous, fruity, sweet aroma. Kind of strong alcohol presence. Not at all smooth. Some sweetness, some roasty malt flavors. I wrote heavy alcohol as the last 2 words. Needs some time to mellow.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG2005. Couleur cuivrée allant vers l’orangée, moyenne quantité de mousse se renouvellant à souhait. Oranges amères, pamplemousses et résines de houblon faisant allusion aux conifères. Grosse base maltée, malt biscuit, pain au chocolat, caramel et quelques notes de café. Texture pleinement résineuse, corps d’épaisseur moyenne semblant bien atténué, carbonatation douce et bien active. Finale amère, résineuse et quelque peu alcoolique.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. 2003 vintage. copper-orange body with some yeast floaties. aroma is yeasty, with mild cheese notes, and very faint hop notes. I really like this. flavour is sweet and alcoholic with a fairly large yeast component. some bready notes. alcohol appears in the background but is most enjoyable. tasty.
DYCSoccer17 (3354) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2011 Bottle RBSG05 brought back from my San Diego excursion. Vinous, fruity, sweet plum-like aroma. This is very quaffable and pleasant. Hazy copper/amber color with a yellowish head. Sweet, roasty, malty to start with a mildly bitter finish with more vinousness and bitterness. This is a little hot to finish and a bit hoppy. This needs some time. I remember the samples I had at the brewery being better...(8/5/7/4/15)---RE-RATE. Blind rating at New Year’s Eve Blind Barleywine tasting. 5 ounce sample. Bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Can’t believe I haven’t bothered re-rating this in about 5.5 years. Aroma is nice and vinous with some impressive piney hoppiness. Nice sweetness, and extremely quaffable. Mildly hazy amber body with a large, creamy, off-yellow head. Fantastic lacing. A gorgeous brew. Piney "C" hop flavors to start. It becomes a little more vinous in the middle. A little sweet towards the end. Light booziness. Fairly bitter with nice hoppiness, but a little too much in the way of hops. Needs some time to mellow.