Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Props to Brock_Landers for landing this beer on my porch. Pour was a darker copper color, with a few white bubbles that couldnt be called a head. Nose was amazing, caramel, heavy malts, some vanilla, a nice alcohol presence. The taste however was not quite up to its aroma, caramel still there as well as some alcohol. Dark fruits came up big, and alot more hop presence than I expected. A very nice beer indeed, but not my favorite barleywine or alesmith brew.
DocLock (7699) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to TChrome for this one. Alesmith beers, to me, are like women with their ankles behind their ears....I just find them irresistable. This one pours slightly turbid ruby, with a big of-white head. Aroma of malt, tons of fruit, hops, cognac, cabernet, black pepper. Tastes malty, very fruity, with a finishing warming sensation at culmination. I noted cherries, berries, scotch, black pepper, jalapenos, cognac, cabernet, oak, vanilla, caramel, and almonds in the mid to late palate. SMooth finish with a slight astringency and a very slight surfactant edge. This one is great, but Iím not sure it beats the complexity of Hair of The Dog Doggie Claws and Heavyweight Old Salty, or the smoothness of Full Sail Barleywine, or the mishmash heavy hitter aspect of Avery the Beast, but itís right up there with all of them. Iíd love to try these side by side with all these. Then again, if you did a "side-by-side" with all those, youíd be passed out in the crotch of Star Jones. This is an awesome barleywine. One of the best. Donít miss it! Thanks again, Tad. You rule! Yeah man!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled immediately prior to trying the BA Numbskull. Woo and all. Reddish, a bit hazy. Great nose, butterschotchy malts, some hops, tart and powdery sugars. Good flavor, quite sweet with toffee and maple syrup. Some definite hops there, but the toffee hangs around beautifully in the mouth. Syrupy. Nice stuff.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice caramel vanilla that is well balanced throughout each glup....Poundable.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at jeffc666ís gathering. 2003 bottle. Cloudy amber with some suspended particles and an off white head. Aroma of some alcohol, caramel, vanilla and pineapple. Taste has many of the aroma qualities plus notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, pine, grapefruit/hops, toasty malt and a hint of roastiness. Mouthfeel is full, round and smooth with subtle carbonation. Really good stuff.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at jeffc666ís B-day gathering 2/6/05: 2003 bottle. Hazy amber color, almost no head, with many medium particles visable in the glass. Aroma: vanilla, pine, pineapple, sweet caramel, sweet sticky hops, apples, pears. Flavor: salty hops, then more hops, backed up by sweet caramel, grains, honey, apple, and wood. Very smooth and slick.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On the back of the bottle it says to age for 6-24 months. I didnít do that. It says "do not refridgerate until ready to drink" Oops. It says to leave the brewers yeast in the bottle. Looks like I was wrong again. So, after apparently messing up in every conceivable way, Did the stuff stand a chance? Oh yeah. Pours a brilliant but cloudy copper with minimal head. Big caramel and toffee aroma, with significant notes of fresh hops, vanilla, and charcoal. The first flavor is peppery, salty, piney citrus hops. Smooth, viscous malt flavors emerge as it warms, as do notes of cognac. The caramel that was prevalent in the aroma emerges slowly in the mouth, much more of a bit player. The palate is nearly perfect - oily, but just the right amount of carbonation. Really impressive beer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 Where do I begin with this? Really cool looking brown pour with very little head. The head looks like caramel. The aroma has that recognizable Ale Smith sweetness to it. I must say I am quite impressed with the aroma because it is fruity and also has a hard liquor element to it. The taste is very strong in terms of the alcohol. It reminds me more of hard liquor then beer. Itís great though and from the best brewery in the world. Quite good, but a little too strong for me in terms of the alcohol. There is still a smoothness to it despite the strength of the alcohol. This brewery is awesome and I want to get my hands on more of their stuff. This just gets better everytime I have it.
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yet another beer from Great American Beer Festival. Picked another beer because of a weird name. Yellow/orange with a little off-white head. Aroma of pine - another one bottled in a state park.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite Barleywines. Little to no head, little to no lacing. Great taste but you can feel the burn from the alcohol. Fairly strong.