wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle, snifter. Ruby-amber hue with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma consists of tofffee, caramel and oranges with a rather out of place vinous quality. H. sweet, m. acidic flavor becomes a m. sweet, m. acidic, m. bitter finish. Odd sour band-aid and leather flavor. Medium-full body, oily texture, moderate carbonation, astringent, light alcohol. The bottom line is: some assembly required.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Couleur brune brouillée, rappelant le jus de pomme naturel non filtré. Vinaigre extrême et cornichons marinés se moquent et piétinent gracieusement les timides fruits telle la mangue et les ananas. En bouche, olives vertes, pommes meurtries, colle en bâtonnet, puissant vernis et poudre de craie deviennent presque spontanément esclaves de l’alcool, s’avérant rapidement comme néfaste et vivement insupportable. Une infection d’une complexité éblouissante.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky amber color with a very thin head. Strange aroma of cheese, pickles and fruits. Unpleasant flavor of olives and fruits, the finish is horrible. I can’t believe a barley wine can be as bad as this...
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much head for a Cisco. Dark murky brown. Weird and plentiful aromas of mint, toothpaste, ice cream, bretty earth, pickles, cedar, salad dressing, sun lotion etc… Funky and not particularly appetizing. Cementy palate, very dry, aggressive.. Sharp astringence dominate traces of malt… Marshmallows, hard water and chalky flavours top the portrait, Strangely thin for a 12% beers, strong carbonation though not as strong as your average Cisco. A very atypical barleywine that was not a success to my tastebuds.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A little to sweet with little complexity. just just strong alcohol and tart malt with a touch of peppery spice.
legion242 (2142) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep orange and opaque with no head- near still. Nose was of POTATO CHIPS! Nice mouthfeel. 12% is well hidden. Sweetness is restrained- much appreciated. Very warming.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0431. Pours dense with aromas of caramel and sweets. Taste is somewhat sweet with a great aftertaste. Highly recommended.
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Heres the rundown:
Head: Big n’ fluffy.
Taste: Sweet and sugary.
Aroma: Sweet Candy.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had two different vintages of this brew, 2003 and 2004. The first bottle (2003) was a bit thin in my opinion. The 04 was a bit thicker bodied. Pours a deep red/copper with a medium off-white head. Very sweet, hot smelling caramel malt scent, a bit bourbony and alcoholic. Taste starts very sweet, but still nice and smooth, hints of a woody character to it, some dark fruity notes, and raisin. Taste finishes with a big hop finish, light alcohol notes come through in the taste but it doesn’t take away from the flavor.
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001 vintage, 8.8%abv. Potent, sweet, malty and fruity aroma, replete with single malt scotch character and some lighter notes of red grape, tart apple, alcohol, doughy yeast, spice cake and brown sugar. Medium-dark reddish copper color, lightly hazy with an initially and surprisingly active head, fading to a fine ring. Flavor profile is profoundly malty and fruity, vinous and bittersweet with hints of light brown sugar, bourbon, oaky and tannic wood, vanilla, sherry, tobacco, sugared date and finishes with some very faint pine resin, tree leaf and medicinal alcohol. Lightly acidic, thinly syrupy mouthfeel, body is undoubtedly full. Unbelievably flavorful and fairly complex, as well. I was honestly a little unsure what to make of this at first, but halfway through the bottle its quality and uniqueness are readily apparent and it is enjoyable, indeed. Many thanks to Michael for sending this my way several months ago.