thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Matt! The aroma here is a sticking point as it was just no good--a mess of fruits, caramel, and gym socks. Golden brown body with a medium head. Medium palate. Light apple flavor up front with some yeasts in the background. The taste isn’t horrible--but the aroma detracts from the whole experience.
after4ever (6314) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, Mr Facto! What an amazing score! Pours deep cloudy russet brown with a thick sudsy tan head that settles to dense film. Big woody bamboo nose, with fruit in there, too--peaches? A bit of prune also. Soft and light body, mild carb. Pruney, oaky body. Clean herbal finish that doesn’t stick around. Nice stuff.
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 (2252) - 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.