iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught, Clybourn brewpub: extraordinarily clear shining red copper. Thin white ring that is fed by a consistent, yet sparse, raise of tiny sparkling bubbles. Sweet, super-hopped, fruity aromatics; heavy grapefruit rind, strawberry stems, rock candy, cherry pie and strong resin. Piney flavours flow into a slow, sweet bitterness with light hop blenches following. A special beer, on a special accomplishment, from a very special brewer, Cheers!
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Clybourn, served in a snifter: Rich deep honey hue with a small but lasting head and good lace. The aroma has notes of caramel and toffee malts, anise and coriander, spiced candy, prune, and light peat and a hint of smoke. Earthy and vinous on the nose as well, nice depth overall. The taste starts with a ripe fruit and a healthy malt backbone. Traditional grassy and noble hops come through midsection. The finish has a beautiful balance of spice, sea salt, peat, and piney attributes. The feel is sticky and sharp but not too heavy, never dull or overwhelming. Alcohol is only a background warming, well hidden for the most part. This is way too easy to drink but those who like their barleywines with a lot of piney and bitter snap may be disappointed in this one, then again maybe not. Still "green" a bit rough in spots, will take to aging well and is being barrel aged for upcoming festivals (rumor has it will be at the GABF). Among the best GI offerings and worthy of the moment. (yep, it is again served too cold, let it warm up while you are drinking something else with your food)
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mostly clear garnet bosy with only a small ring of minute, white bubbles. Big ass nose full of fruity, citric hops and sweet, sticky malts. Pine resin, grapefruit, lemon zest, toffee, bread pudding, caramel and maybe a bit of raisin or prune. Oh yeah, and alcohol. Not extremely thick, but I think thatís OK; if itís any thicker, it might be too much to handle. What a great flavor profile! Loads of fresh citrus fruit and zest, sticky sweet malts giving flavors of toffee, caramel and fresh bread, licorice from the strong alcohol and some residual sweetness near the end. The finish is long and hot--definitely a sipper. An excellent commemorative beer and another Goose Island winner.