MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel-covered cherries and maple syrup on waffles with a touch of port make quite a hedonistic breakfast. Peaches, citrusy and grassy hops and freshly-turned earth blow in from the open window.
A glass of port wine, lawnmower clippings and a bouquet of flowers on the table. A drop of cream on a bowl of assorted berries.
Still a hearty, fulfilling meal after all those years.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky amber color with no head. Aroma and flavor of doughy yeast, rockets candy, mild alcohol and maybe lavender. Light to medium body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation.
Rastacouere (6155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much head covers this cloudy orange beer. Mostly candyish honey and rockets candies aroma. Maple and orange create a more citric character than 97 and 99 vintages. Less earth and chocolate notes also lend the idea of an overall less well kept malt deepness. Nevertheless, there’s plenty of marries otter in there to procure those typical bready bitter caramel tones that, here, have aged as well as most bold sweet barleywines can be expected to have. Soft carbonation seems to fit the light-medium body here, but more fullness would be welcome. Thanks John!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark but clear amber. Great aroma as it warms...sweet malts and cara-toffee notes. Flavor is similar with lotsa sweet caramel maltiness, and a tad of hop presence and a nice alcohol kick. While not thin...it’s not as full bodied as I would’ve liked...still, a great ale---aged pretty damn well.
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber with a thin white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, and toffee (quite similar to the 1997 vintage). Flavor of malt and caramel. Thanks for sharing Walt!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is honey amber color with a thin off white head...smell is caramel, pepper, and alcohol...taste is deliciously warm and sweet, almost burgundy-like...finish is dry and too quick...
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. More perfumey than the 97. Taste notes of burnt wood, tannins, honey, and bitter on the back end. Very good.
Kevin (2149) - New Mexico, USA - APR 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
another gem from kawa. pours amber with a white head. aroma is plums and alcohol. upfront flavor is peppery with some sweetness and an interesting caramel. wonderful palate that is almost woody but not quite. this caresses my tongue. sorry we made you try the gose after you brought this great beer walt.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a good English Strong Ale. Caramel, earthy wood, and malt flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and warming.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottle was believed to have been kept refrigerated for the majority of its life. Pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head with light whispy lacing. Aroma of rich caramel malt and a touch of butterscotch with some English hops and alcohol. Starts rich, viscous and malty with a nice sweetness and plenty of carbonation. Finishes more dry and bitter. This tasted fresher than bottles of the 1999 I have had that weren’t refrigerated. It has aged quite nicely. Thanks go out to TheBeerCellar2 for hooking me up with this gem!