Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at LCRBM. yeeha what a beer!! aroma: sweet honeyish, grassy and grapefruit. taste: sourrish, bittersweet, coffee, malt, raisins and a LOT of 3C hops(which results in a very bitter grassy, resinous taste). finishes long bitterish and alc. warming. FULL bodied fat and smooth beer. this is just great!! thanks whomever brought this.
Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown with tan creamy head on top. Plenty of juicy malts showered with 2 punch combination of alcohol and hops. Medium bodied. Initial bitter sweet hop character is taken over by hop domination. Late warming alcohol reminds you of 10 % plus. This Ruffian is no joke. Bold, rough and from Hamilton docks that’s for sure.
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle, cellar-aged for about 6 mos. Sweet, flowery, fruity aroma, rich, doughy, caramel malts abound with undertones of juicy, piney, citric hoppiness yielding hints of orange, pineapple and mint here and there. Deep red-brown color, clear (filtered), with a lasting, mountainous head that subsided to leave the glass draped in lace. Flavor profile is saturated with hops, flowery and piney with bundles of citrus fruit and upfront bitterness, slowly mellowing throughout to reveal the sweet, sugary malts and warming alcoholic presence, but with a hugely flavorful hoppy finish, long and resinous. Pleasantly smooth on the palate with a satisfyingly massive body. Really a nice interplay of factors here despite the amounts in which they are presented. The cellar has been very kind to this one and would likely be for another 2-3 winters at least.
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
LCRBM. Sweet fruity cookie medicinal aroma. Sweet fruity taste, turning bitter very quickly and staying bitter until the end, including a long finish. Wellbodied and alcoholic finish.
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at LC-RBM. Aroma of apple, herbs and bisquit. Hazy, red/brown color, yellow creamy head, very nice lace. Very sweet, very bitter, herbal, pepper, cookies. So many hops and really exploding in your mouth. Very smooth, oily, dry in the finish, superb balance.
JorisPPattyn (9248) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown-red with orange highlights. Good yellowish head. Orange-grapey nose, bit of parsley, very aromatic. Quite bitter taste, typical for Great Divide: nearly quinine-like bitterness. Goes typically too harsh-metallic. Smooth, oily MF, velvety and fatty. Of course FULL-bodied. I do not like Great Divide’s hops. There must be a limit to harshness. Thanks to whomever brought it over, anyway.
boto (2074) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber: This one pours a cloudy brown color, with a fairly good amount of an almost tan head. The aroma is quite nice. A fairly potent wiff of caramel malts, with maybe a hint of pineapple, along with some other mixed fruits. You taste some sweetness, but it is up against some strong hops here. Caramel malts with hints of fruits, spiciness, and a somewhat thicker, silky mouthfeel. This would probably age very well, but it is quite good now!
brownaler (508) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown appearance with a large off-white head in a snifter. Sweet caramel aroma. Flavor is hop dominated an could use some aging, but for a hophead like me, this is great.
IndianaRed (3665) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a deep mahogany with a very large thick creamy light tan head. I actually looks like that spray foam insulation. Aroma is a sweet rich carmel, vanilla with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is quite sharp, thick and swet with a rather strong ABV slant. After taste is a pungent but expected hope bite. Very smooth and rather soft carbonation.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I did not particular like the palate on this beer. Way too bitter for a Barley Wine. Barley Wine’s are not supposed to have a harsh bitter component. However, this one does.