ElGaucho (2115) - 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.
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...
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
After hearing about this several times from Mike and Alex I finally got it. Presented in a 12oz bottle with a blank white label that says Icarus at the bottom left. Looks ghetto fab, but I like it. The beer pours a transparent medium brown, with orangey light brown on the fringe. A little off white head that is gone right away...The aroma is very bready, toffee, and caramel. Its pretty sweet overall, not really balanced out with anything, but I like it. Smooth...The taste is a touch more balanced with lots of toffee, caramel, plums and vanilla. A slightly hoppy finish. Smooth again, so easy to drink.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught, Clybourn brewpub: slightly transparent hazed auburn. Minimal off-tan head. Wonderfully aromatic: sweet, sugary piney hops with a strawberry & blueberry yeast character and fruity alcohol undertones and light esters. Spicy, alcoholic palate with strong, freshly cracked pepper, coated by candi sugar, hints of bitter cloves, coriander and pine zest. Really opens up and releases its inner beauty and spiciness as it warms…nice one.
jeffin7 (610) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - 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.
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.
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.
bitbucket (2144) - 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.
Frank (2223) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Tried this on tap at the Maproom. First of seen of it and looks like the first anyone’s seen of it given I had to enter it in the DB.
Definitely a nice barleywine, it ranges toward the malty side but not really so much in the British style Barleywine a la JW Lee’s or whatever. It actually reminds me as much of a Scotch ale or a big old ale. Pours dark with a creamy head that leaves a ring of lace with each sip. The malt character is very aromatic and wonderful, lots of summery fruit--peach, apricot, strawberry and so on. That character pretty much dominates the beer with a ridiculously lush full-bodied sweetness and it is somewhat like sweet sherry in that respect. I think honestly that this could go for some alcoholic dryness to cut the syrupy body and it would be wonderful.