Rastacouere (6142) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not totally clear dark amber hue. The head is rather generous at first for a barleywine, off-white and slowly diminishing. Generous nose of brown sugar, maple, richly malty. Vinous side showcases strong fruitiness (grapes, peaches) that complexifies its otherwise sugary feel. Strong flavoured in mouth, balanced with both strong sweetness and strong bitterness that do not interefere overly with one another. Smoky, earthy hints toward the finish complete the chocolatey, fruity flavour profile. Just greatly extracted toasted malts and well put leafy balancing hops. Thick bodied, sufficient active carbonation. One of the very best in a flight of 20+ barleywine samples.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Windy City liquor in El Cajon. I think over time the % has gone up in this beer.....maybe to 10.5-11. Pours a deep copper color with a tan head....nice lacing. Nose of dark fruits such as plums, grapes and raisens. Flavor the same with some malt and hop notes....a great beer!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Naven. I had this right after it was released and didnít take notes but remember it being much hoppier. Remember enjoying it a lot. Hops have mellowed into a very drinkable BW w/ a malty flavor w/ a hint of hops. Possibly a little watered down. Past itís prime?
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared with gputty. Hazy brown with a yellowy head. Nose is nutty chocolate and pine. Walnut flavor, with coffee and chocolate notes. Fairly bitter finish. Liked it quite a bit - not your average BW.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2006 From bomber. Pours a dark amber with tan head. Caramel malt nose and slightly fruity. Roasted caramel flavor with a medium bitter finish. Thanks to fordest for this one.
Picked up a fresh one of these, and wow, what a difference! Huge pine hopped nose with citrus underneath. All that malt is still there, but fighting just to be known against all the hops. Fantastic when fresh and a good one to age. Original rating 8-4-7-3-16=3.8
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle #197 of 6000 via trade with Enniskillen - Thanks Chris! - Pours dark hazy brown with a big creamy tan head that stayed very well and laces in layers. Aromas of large citrus and pine hops over sweet caramel malts. Lots of c-hops in this one but amazing balance with the caramel and roasted malts beneath. Very creamy on the palate for a barleywine and the alcohol is completely covered. I actually though that this was an IIPA. This is a very good brew. Straight forward and nothing over the top in complexity but oh so tasty!
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Liarís Club. This dark amber brew is solid example of the North American style. Big caramel malts that balance the giant hop profile but do not overpower it. Alcohol is noticable but not unpleasant. Good stuff.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hoppy So-Cal-type barley wine. Strong pine and grapefruit nose. Caramel roastiness pinning the hop excess down somewhat. The alcohol is just way over-the-top, especially as it warms. Thatís all I could taste after a while. Fairly simple straightforward drink.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a ruby hint on the outer edges. Full lid of tan bubbles with a full sheet of lace. Full PNW with pine and citrus, mild caramel in the background. Burnt caramel flavor with a full acidic hops kick. Fairly simple, in a strong way. Drinkable in the front, but there is a real assertiveness that is a touch too much. This a brew that has aged well, and could actually use more age.
fiulijn (15378) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014
2014-10-19, bottle, vintage 2009, 5 years old, 7-3-7-4-14=35
Strangely the look is murky; creamy head. Malt aroma, a bit dusty. Full bodied, with strong malt flavor, but also dusty, and the liquorice level is increasing; warming alcohol; still quite bitter, resiny, with hints of bitter orange.
2011-07-06, bottle, vintage 2008, 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Beautiful dark amber color; medium sized creamy head. The deep malt aroma start having an intriguing phenolic vein. Although still powerful, the body seems to get thinner, which may improve the drinkability; there is a quite strong flavor of caramel with a side of roasted nuts; the sweetness is moderate; there may be some indirect signs of age, but not much oxidisation; quite strong bitterness, although the hop character is somehow lost; the final also portrays some roasted nuts.
Still very enjoyable, well balanced instead of the bomb it used to be; probably easier to drink so.
Beautiful hazy red dark amber color, with a creamy head. Nutty and sweet caramel dominates this beer; the aroma has also a resiny hop and traces of phenol and bitter almonds. Itís full bodied, sweet and extremely bitter, with rhubarb candies, evident resins and bitter almonds. Very long final, satisfying every desire for malt and hop.
Out of my memory, I associate it to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Overall is powerful and well balanced, the kind of beer that I need.
2006-04-30, as 2nd Anniversary Ale, 8-4-8-5-16=41
Hazy dark brown color; creamy head. Malty aroma, some aromatic hop, light fruits, light phenol, light pine needles. Strongest malt taste, sweet caramel, strong hoppiness with some resins and light grapefruit. Not really elegant, but very good.