jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Toronado. A ripe mahogany color with a medicinal cherry flavor that fully coats the mouth. A slight tingling feeling in the back of the throat reminded me of Robitussin. Sweet malts. The bartender called this a double pale ale - imagine my surprise.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cocktail sauce aroma with no head, alcoholic and full of cherry flavors, sweet, slightly sticky finish, overall a disappointment and the low point of my Toronado experience
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another gem found in the unnoficial barley wine festival at the Archer Ale House in Bellingham. Big initial aroma of toasted caramels and slight hoppiness. The malt carries through here in true barley wine fashion - big oak and vanilla, some very slight hints of coffee, lots of toffee, and overall just big. There is a clove character working its way through the malt that helps balance out the sweetness in the malt, altough the sugary malt really is king here. This is a very solid barley if not a tad below the unique bar - although it definitely says within the style and carries most of its flavor in the malt rather than through hops (a defining characteristic of Northwest barley wines) which I appreciate.
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2005 Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival. Burnt orange color with a thin beige head and a nose of butterscotch and alcohol. Caramel sweetness with butterscotch, vanilla, oak, and a strong hop presence in the finish. Nice enough barley wine.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap at Bittercreek Ale House: Heavy caramel and nice bittering in the hops; some notes of wood and fruit; hot and alcoholic; needs some aging I think, but quite nnice
3fourths (8028) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 Draft at the pub in Bend. Golden red and clear, with a small tan head, served in a 10oz pils glass. Very thick texture, cloying sweetness of cherry wood, plums, candy sugar watermelon and sugary malts. not very hoppy at all... all sweet sugary malts... smells like pears, cherries and apples, among other things. Incredible thickness coupled with the cloying sweetness makes it almost hard to consume. Unbalanced but still tasty... would love to try again after it mellows, but it’s probably all already gone.
score updated for 2008/2009 bottles, which are a putrid mess of runaway american oak. gross.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mahogany pour with rubyhighlights. Foamy head and great lacing all the way down the glass. Rich caramel aromas and a nice citrus character. A slight hint of smokiness and roast. Small wisps of brown sugar and alcohol. Bitter hops in the flavor along side a good dose of citrus. Woody as well. Rather vinous with strong malts of roast and caramel. Smoke is around and the alcohol is fairly nondescript. Thick body with a prickly palate. Big malt finish with good bitterness. I was pleased to see the alcohol was not too overbearing. Good stuff.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Kahootz Pub & Eatery in Meridian, ID
Nice sticky head with good lacing and small islands forming from the bubbles. Transparent tawny color. Nose is nicely hoppy with a raw sugar (turbinado?) note. Also some noticable vanilla, very light though. The flavor is balanced with oak character to complement the hop level & a bit of dust. Finishes very smooth, very little alcohol detectable. Alcohol is a bit more noticable when it warms. More bourbon & tannins are present too, the barrels are all talking together. Licorice, wet dog, fruit: apple, pear, grape, lemon.