JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby beer, no head. Sweet fruity hop aroma, a bit of cherry, sweet crystal malts. Hop resin. Flavour shows sweet malts, lots of cascade-type flavour, lingering piny resinous mouthfeel. A bit of herbal/grassy dry-hopping is also noticible. OK beer, but not their best effort.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber colour. Chewy, strong toffee aroma with some piney, earthy hoppiness. Lots of chewy richness in the body. Sticky, to the point where the late alcohol has little effect on the palate. Lacks focus, though, this one. Itís mostly just big, and doesnít take me to any particular place, certainly not enough to justify the effort I have to make to drink this resinous monster.
Caskalefan (148) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definitely my favorite Boundary Bay offering, to date.
Really big in every aspect, and yet I would compare it to an even bigger ale...the Decadance Anniversary Ale from Alesmith....this comparison may not serve the Decade well, since the Decadance is, at the same time, bigger, and yert more sophisticated and softer and fuller than its Boundary Bay cousin...it is also stronger and fuller flavored...that being said, the Decade is a wonderous brew, which is both eminently quaffable, and yet really strong, in both flavor, and alcoholic content, with many fruity esters detectable, and a really nice body to carry them off...the fruitiness is of the brown variety, that being figs, dates, and raisins, and there is just enough big hop flavor to dry this brew out...Iíve heard that it is over 100 units of hop bitterness, but this is NO Old Crustacean...the over all effect achieved is one of flavorful balance, evoking a really BIG BEAUTIFUL ale.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The big difference between this and the regular Boundary barley wine is the modest amounts of cane sugar and intense hops. This is borderline American Strong Ale for sure, but the lingering sweetness (although not like the original barleywine) is noticeable. Everything about this beer just seems bigger, as if it is a culmination of ten years of brewing...(gasp) whoíd have thought it. The alchohol is definitely on the periphery of the beer, but well concealed. Another gem from BB.
IndianaRed (2384) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap at the brewpub A nice redish amber with a thin fine head and sopay lacing. Aroma sweet and hoppy but not a strong as the style would suggest. Flavor was hoppy and bitter but balanced nicely by the sweetnes that was a bit fruity. teh ABV was certainly there but seemed appropriate with all the other flavors. Nice
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2005 At the pub. A nice caramel color pour, very thin head. Smells of light citrus hops and very sweet malts/fruitness. A very sweet malt flavor but very nicely balanced by the hops. The body is not cloying at all, unlike their regular barley wine.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the pub in Bellingham
Crimson caramel color, nice retentive head and mild lacing. Nose of sweet molasses, inspired malts and very light fruitiness caused by the hop/alcohol and very little to do with the malts. The flavor is sweetly musky with a light of an overwhelming but lovely body. Tail is long and strong.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro in Bellingham, WA) So after trying all ten of the beers on tap, Aaron, the head brewer brought out a sample of his soon-to-be-released 10th Anniversary Ale, a beer he calls an American style barleywine. To me, itís somewhere between an American Strong Ale and a barleywine, but I agree with Aaron that itís probably better to classify this as a barleywine. Itís lighter than many barleywines, less sweet and less sticky, but strongly hoppy and bitter, and that means better balance than most barleywines. Neverthess, itís very sweet and very fruity, citrusy, and very bitter, somewhat reminiscent of Celebration Ale, but more fruity and somewhat more malty as well. Though fairly strong in alcohol, itís not even remotely something I notice when drinking this beer. The nose showed a bit of apples when he first brought out the sample, but as itís warmed up a bit, itís much more "mash" malty, fruity, and hoppy. Full bodied, somewhat syrupy, but the intense hoppiness keeps the palate crisp right from the start, but especially in the finish. Deep, coppery amber color, slightly hazy, topped by a light tan head that takes forever to settle to a thin but full layer. Some patchy lacing on the glass. If the Imperial IPA was worth the drive from Seattle, getting a special taste of this incredible beer is off the charts.