notalush (4450) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 1854 - cloudy copper/brown color with minimal head, leaving a tiny ring of white lace - musty, tart, earthy aroma, with traces of wood, vanilla, bourbon - kind of thin mouthfeel/body for the style, but there is some trace oiliness that tries to make up for this - flavors of leather, wood and earth sit side by side quite well with chocolate, caramel, bourbon and traces of fruity esters - finish is mostly chocolate, but is quite thin - the alcohol isnít that evident - with more body and a heartier mouthfeel, this would be great.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah man! Great intense cherry, bark, peat and chocolate nose - love this earthy notes! Soft carbonation. Mahagony color with a nice orange touch and a small layer of head on top which leaves doily laces on the glass. Tabbacco, chocolate and black berries taste - goes by fast though. Nice hoppy finish with lotís of cloves. Actually the nose promises more and there is some body missing.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - SEP 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brady and toffe nose, powerful and complex from the get-go. Lush auburn color, creamy sticky head. Chocolate notes amidst a fairly full roasted malt profile. Some cherry too. Cinnamon zing of a hops at the end. Nutmeg too. Big broad warming effect from the alcohol - almost too much so. Big beer, but body was thinner than I wanted and the alcohol overpowering.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Small sudsy soap bubble head Reduces quickly to basically nothing. No carbonation to speak of. And this is all I got froma pretty vigorous pour. Not starting off well. Big roasted grain aroma with soy sauce, prunes and a slight hint of sour grapes. Color is a vary dark brown with a hint of red along the edges. Dark roasted grain in the flavor with a bit off coffee and more sourness. I am tending to think that this one my be infected. Very little alcohol presence and warming. Certainly not 12%! Finish is slightly sour and bitter coffee. Not a good barleywine by any stretch. Will have to look and see if others are reporting the same thing. Damn I wish this was not a 750!
lamas (1277) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2005 750mL bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Bottle #0425. A very muddy, cloudy diarrhea-water brown appearance with a very thin light-tan head. Subtle hints of caramel, nuts, spices and alcohol dominate the aroma. Pretty smooth going down. Not much carbonation. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Quite sweet with lots of brown sugar and malts. The consistency is up to par with many other barleywines but it tastes as if the flavors have been watered down a bit, especially in the bland finish. At least this isnít infected like the last beer I had from Cisco.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
07.31.05 750ml bottle on which the label touts "Limited Release" but then doesnít list date or bottle number. How special. Mudded, nearly opaque rust-orange pour with little to no head, a surprise given Ciscoís track record of gushing bottles, etc. Aroma is pretty straight forward barleywine stuff: brown sugar, light spice, apricot jam, sugar cookie. Flavor follows suit and masks the 12% devastatingly well. Bit bland in end and to finish. Lingers with a sweet syrupy malt. Thick bodied but not sticky or slick.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very cloudy body, soft rust color. Minimal off white large-bubbled head. Yeast-sweet aroma - grain, oatmeal, peanut butter, and light brown sugar. Deeper, dakrer sugars come out in the flavor. Also, thereís a floury, corn kernel dustiness. Orange juice and taffy hoppiness break up the pervasive sweetness. Fruity, banana / plum finish. A buttery barleywine.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dave shared this one with me. Poured from a 750, bottle # 1638. The body is very much unfiltered and a deep copper browm. Almost non-existent white head. The aroma has a huge raw barley, yeast, sugar cane, corn stalks, peanut butter cookie, vanilla. Very complex. I can see how scents manifest themselves as other scents. I can see how others suggest pineapple (which I see as the peanut butter cookie + sugar cane). Pretty complex, for what its worth. The flavor is sugar cane, vanilla, bourbon, raw barley, peanut butter cookies. The palate has a caskiness to it smooth alcohol on the tongue, not sharp.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Turbid deep copperish brown, very thin white head. Nose was fantastic with huge blasts of coconut, cookie, caramel, brown sugar,and pineapple, with undertones of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Tasted very similar to the nose with flavors of pineapple, caramel, wood, bourbon, oak, and vanilla found throughout. Itís never cloying due to the late hop bitterness that rounds it out. Medium bodied, cask-like carbonation, bittersweet, oaky, bourbon laced tropical fruit finish. A very nice surprise. Thanks again Jay!
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Murky, caramel-colored ale with almost no head. Coconut, vanilla, bourbon, wood and caramel aroma. The flavor is very malty and rich... vanilla, caramel and sourmash. Full-bodied and fatty with lively carbonation. Bitter-sweet, drying finish. Damn good brew! Pulls up just short of being world class!