bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Clear orangish amber. Lots going on in the aroma and the taste. Vanilla, cream, nutty, maybe some citrus and more I can’t identify. If this is what strong Belgians are about, I need another bottle to conduct more research.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clybourn. Translucent, glowing orangish-brass in color with grey ice sheafs and corresponding rungs to serve as the head. Aroma is quite alluring, taking on dimensions of bourbon barrel aging. Background bananas, vanilla crème and anise register first in the nose. Caramel meets oak, and mild, sweet supporting nuts (hazelnut shells and pecan outeries,) eventually all leading to an aroma akin to Harmony cereal (vanilla, almonds, whole wheat.) I took a good 10 minutes just sniffing. Flavor was well met. Sweet, thick orange cream shines superbly, blanketing the palate with slick citric wonderment. Warming alcohol presence. Cinnamon on caramel apples, chased with toffee. Strong ale indeed. Coriander and liquefied husks for a solid, thickly scratch. Pear traits strengthen and sweeten, finishing with yams straight out of the produce department and sullen orange cream over pears. A pure pleasure to rate.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very interesting Belgian...sweet (almost cloying, but just short) fruity, yeasty, and fairly in-your-face alcohol fumes most noticible as a peppery burn on the way down. I enjoyed this one, but more as a novelty than a session type beer that I would return to frequently!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Second sample from the Clybourn Bar. Clear and caramel colored. Off-white head. Fruity and apples in the nose. Yeasty, grainy, caramel, apples, raisins. Full and slightly cloying. Mild but noticable citrusy hop finish. Floral. Tasty.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramel all around. Caramel colored body with a caramel aroma and caramel flavor. Nice smooth palate. Not too sweet finish.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the 2005 Great Taste of the Midwest: Pours a clear copper bronze with a frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma is fresh, citric and piney hoppy with a nice sweet caramel balance. Body is sweet and bitter turning more dry toward the hoppy finish. Has a decent balance throughout and hides its alcohol very well.
ElGaucho (2208) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GTM. Nice, hoppy, malty aroma. Really nice aroma. Hazy amber in color with a small, off-white head and nice lace. Tastes more like a double IPA than a barley-wine, and it is actually listed here as a Belgian Strong. I’m quite certain it was billed as a barley wine at the Great Taste of the Midwest as the comments from hezron echo. Don’t taste any flaws at all. Smooth for a high alcohol brew. Excellent.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GTMW. My end of the day barleywine spree continues. This one is more of a hoppy barleywine. Fresh grapefruit aroma, some caramel malts underneath all those hops. Copper-orange with a white head, slightly cloudy. Rich malty and hoppy flavor with a caramel sweetness in the finish. Medium body, cream and dry with a lively mouthfeel.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Clybourn - Dark hazy coppery brown, creamy off white head. Nose was very interesting with some complex notes of plum, cherry, and caramel, but it seemed to be encompassed with a light funky barnyard tone. Flavor up front was sweet dark fruits, alcohol, and brown sugar, with a healthy dose of citric hops that kept it shy of cloying. Medium to full bodied, light carbonation, dark fruit, alcoholic finish. If you ask me, it’s a bit underrated...
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Goose Island: Pours medium brown with a thin head. Aroma is sweet caramel, dark fruits, slight belgian yeast funk. Flavor is barleywine/old ale like deep caramel, citrusy hops, slight belgian yeastiness.