auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle labeled "3DS" which means Dec 19 2003. Two years on this beer already! No wonder it’s so fantastic. An opalescent burnt peach ruby glow, with a very very thin head that fully diminshes. Lacing and carbonation are light. Aroma is enticing with fresh cherries, guava and light cactus. Smells creamy and fresh (we’ll see what my cellar does to this in a year). Flavors are mellow, reserved, and not dominating. They could be a bit more pronunced, but the light balance of hops I think prevents that. Apple cider with orange and mulled spices and a touch of rum. Palate is rich and smooth, leaves refreshing piney hazlenut aftertaste. Alcohol makes its’ appearance on the way down.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very English. Very rounded malt flavors. some brownsugar and bubblegum with hints of fruit and nuts. clean and semisweet with just a touch of hop bitterness. By the way this will be in 12 oz. bottles very soon.
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Sampled from 2007 bottle. So here’s it goes with a younger version: Esters and a slightly sweet smell. Brown sherry color. Taste is not too strong; it’s actually lightly sweet. Mild hops, but a decent alcohol finish. Ratings: 6-4-7-3-13; total: 3.3.
Sampled from bottle, dated 2004. This tiny sample still had a big malty smell. Less hoppy than, say, a fresh Bigfoot. Some nice fruity esters offer suggestions of strawberry and honey. A nice, cleansing brew. Ratings: 8-3-8-5-16; total: 4.0.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma was malty w/ dark fruit sweetness, a hint of honey, flowers, and citrus. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ golden orange highlights; no head and very slight lacing. The flavor consisted of malt and dark fruit w/ caramel sweetness and hints of honey and citrus. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy, well-rounded w/ a medium body.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color with a ring of lace around the glass. Aroma and flavor of caramel, malt, alcohol and candy. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. Very standard and classic barley wine, very well done.
BelgianGirl (89) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very alcoholic aroma. Nice caramel color. Mild caramel taste. Good barelywine.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
8.2% ABV bottle, marked "4FD". Sweet, fruity, grapefruit and heavy caramel nose, some floral and perfume notes; viscous and malty, not particularly hopped in flavor but it has an earthy dryness, though; somewhat complex, with a tingling alcoholic warmth... maybe some sour orange and peach notes in the flavor. yum.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, the brothers-in-law scored, How they managed to grab this, hell knows.
Poured rubdy red with little head. Sweet candy like aroma with a hint of alcohol. Flvaor tart and the body and mouth feel wqs thick. Alcohol is there but hidden well.
shadey (2079) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a ruby red with no head. Very attractive aroma that is sweet and complex. Slow sipping but clean and balanced. Alcohol finish.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Transcribing some long-lost notes from ca. late ’02.)
Pretty exotic stuff, but next to Westy 12, the most expensive per ounce I’ve had. I probably didn’t get the experience I would with a full 12 oz. bottle. What stood out most in this are a thickness and fruitiness. Tart. Maybe the most viscous liquid I’ve encountered in a beer. Really complex and well-balanced. Maybe some day I’ll shell out the exorbitant [sp?] 6-pack price.