Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange-copper, very limited head. Madeira, cask wood and vegetal chinook like notes conjure a unique aroma in which severe white grapes, litchi and smoked flowery pineapple notes emenate from beefy malts. Roast hinting nuttiness is a match for the beany vegetal aspects, the peppery bitterness is not exagerated while the malts remain moderately dry. Once again, the vanilla laden barrel aging seems to smoothen the body out again, seeming a bit thin side by side with an Old Foghorn, but silky smooth. I can see this maltiness, expertly dissminulated alcohol and originality justify the high scores.
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2005 Intens amberish beer with warm red glow. Head is white-yellowish, big bubbles and fast disappearing. Aroma is very complex. It has hints of Bual Madeira, Marsalla wine and even a touch of Avignonesi Vin Santo. It also has hints of almond cookies, dry figgs, dates, mango shutny and pillav rice with fresh herbs. The taste is rich and elegant. It has touches of bread pudding with a dach of Trinidad brown rhum and sultanas. Hints of good Colheita port wine are not far away. The beer has a full mouthfeel, a fine yeasty caracter, a nice balance and the alcohol is very well integrated in this most original beer. One of the aspects that charmed me the most was the minerality in the afthertaste. It was slight metallic and had accents of slate and granit. In the finish i also notised touches of caramelized and even slight blackend andives (Witloof) that gives an extra dimention to the faint hoppyness in the finale. Thanks a lot Joris for sharing this one with me.
JorisPPattyn (7674) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-amber beer, reasonably clear; little cream-coloured head, fast gone. Wine, vinous nose, true B.W.-style, fruits and dried fruit, Marssala wine, dried fig. Syrupy dried fruits flavour, with a hoppy finish, and with a metallic back-tongue impression, bitter and cake-like flavours. Oily, slick MF, full bodied, never syrupy in texture. Alcohol hidden very well too! Quite surprising beer, difficult to describe. Iím just sure I like it, but it defies my descriptive abilities. Big thanks, Mike!
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper in colour, thin beige coloured head. Aroma was of sweet caramel malts, alcohol and Stephen hit it on the nose when he said marzipan. The flavour was hot with alcohol, peppery, sweet caramel malts. dark fruits. Sticky mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes spicy, long, tons of alcohol heat. This is interesting for sure but Iím guessing that I didnít understand it like the others that got to try this.
Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red copper color with a supple foamy head. The flavor was very syrupy with sweet malt tones...perfect to offset the 12%abv. It had an oily feel in your mouth...a great beer!
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colour. 1" head. Creamy lacing. Rich caramel and flower aroma. Thick body. Very tasty. Slight sourness. Not a full Christmas flavour but very close.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
RBSG í05 - the second of my lottery expenditures, and again worth every ticket, poured a deep amber with a thin white layer that seems to last forever, aromas of plums, oranges, tobacco, and soy waft from the glass. most of those elemnts make the flavor profile as well, plus some apple and port wine. amazingly smooth and silky...no abv in the tail, just more of the sweetness and assault of flavors in a syrupy brew that could only be described as amazing.
TimE (2938) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 This is a sexy looking amber brew. The nose is incredible, sherry, yeast, honey, oranges, horse blanket and cheese. WOW what a nose. The med-full body is rich and syrupy with a dazzling profile of feta cheese, cherries, soda crackers, sherry and shrimp. WOW what a body.
The finish is rich and come out tasting like very good cherry cheesecake. WOW, what a finish. The best barley wine in Canada bar none as far as I am concerned. Didnít even notice the 12% alcohol. Hot damn this guys make good stuff.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... RBSG2005... Clear, deep amber ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, off-white head. Good retention. The earthy aroma is a blend of tawny port, vanilla, wood, citrus, tropical fruits and toffee. Malty-sweet and lightly tangy flavor assertively balanced by generous hopping. The alcohol is there, but doesnít steal the show. Caramel, vanilla and woodsy. Full-bodied and sticky with lively carbonation. Finishes bitter, fruity and just a touch alcoholic.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
07.08.05 RBSG Beautiful clouded amber, medium khaki head and lots of lace. Tobacco, apple, soy, strawberries, jammy. This stuff is out of control and just beautiful. I get some vinous notes, but not much wood, more like a younger wood aged port...but milder, not old. Palate is so soft but not at all flat.