joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 4801/6000. Dark amber w/ a bright, purplish hue. Creamy finger of beige foam. Good lace. Hoppy aroma of mint, grapefruit, & pine w/ a solid malty framework of caramel & chocolate & some earthy notes of leafy tobacco. Thick, resiny feel. Rich, complex flavour--roasty, solidly malty (brown sugar, caramel, toffee, chocolate), fruity (plums, dates) & very hoppy (grapefruit). Big, lingering finish. Well done.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong hop nose offers suggestions of grapefruit, orange blossom, earth, lime with obvious malt characterisitics of caramel, tobacco and chocolate and just a hint of roast. Clear brown body with generous and lasting cover of tan, fine-bubbled head. Orange, grapefruit, lime-citrus, leafy hops with thick, chewy, underlying bready, biscuity, caramel malts. Though complex, flavours are separate and distinct and could perhaps benefit from some time to get to know one another in the cellar. Medium-full body with moderate carbonation and a creamy texture on the tongue. Bottle 4801/6000 (trade - May, 2005) enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT. Thanks, DarkElf!
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Bottle #1609 of 6000. Very dark amber read color. Medium sized tan foamy head. Strong long lasting lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, dark malt and sweet. A medium bodied Barley wine. Malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Hops are grapefruit and piney. Nice balance. A maltier barley wine. The 10% alcohol is only slightly noticeable. Nice sipping beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Couleur brune tirant vers le rouge foncé, belle mousse beige, abondante et persistante. Houblon omniprésent entrecoupé de quelques fines pointes de chocolat en arômes. Flaveurs d’écorce d’orange, de terre et de malt caramélisé cachant une petite touche de fumée. Ce situe sur la fine ligne séparant les barley wine des I2PA par son houblonnage et son sucre bien dosé. Houblon semblant vers la ligné du cascade, étant aussi résineux en bouche. Carbonatation apparaissant initialement piquante, s’adoucissant rapidement. Belle texture en bouche allant pratiquement vers le crémeux. Une agréable surprise est possible lorsque les attentes tombent dans l’oubli.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 4801/6000, Thanks for sharing TiggMTL!
Appearance: Ruby red sherry cask whisky, with a decent head.
Smell: Robust citrus hops, but with a spike of alcohol.
Taste: The malt is round and chewy, the hops piney and pungent, with a bittersweet chocolate mouthfeel. Recommended for those who, like me, enjoy dancing on the fine line between Barleywines and I2PAs.
CapFlu (4315) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) Thanks to TiggMTL for sharing this beer. Medium, frothy almond head with a deep red body. Nose of a Hi-C IPA. Flavour of an Imperial IPA. Bitter whiskey notes, malt and the Hi Pine of the West Coast - Yahoo! I am a hop’n cowboy!
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 22oz bottle courtesy of sick_boy282 (thanks Alex): Brown colored body, showing amber/ruby highlights when held to light, with a small beige head that dissapates to a small ring with nice lacing. Aroma: MartinT is spot on when he says grapefruit sorbet - that’s exactly the aroma I’m getting. Sweet grapefruit, fresh hops without being assertive, hints of wet tobacco, red grapes, mild caramel, mild fruit cake, and a very subtle hint of chocolate cake. Taste: more sweet & malty than I expected from the aroma. Flavors of bitter citrus/pine/grapefruit blend with soap & chocolate malty flavors. Then it opens up to orange zest, figs, fruit cake, caramel, peppery alcohol, young plant leaf, earth, and floral spice. Finishes with bitter pine and floral hops, a hint of grain, and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. The hops are still pretty dominant, this seems like it would age very well. Re rate Green Flash tasting @ RFD’s: Aroma shows plum, pear, very fruity, caramel, grapefruit through it’s sweet, figs, and prunes. Taste is apples, figs, chocolate, caramel, prunes, chocolate cake, bitter bakers chocolate, the hops seem to have faded quite a lot after just 2 years. 7/4/8/4/16.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 The Lure:
Bright floral hops float and hang on to the splendid foam and lacing. Grapefruit sorbet roams amidst the caramel, as earthy wet tobacco provides even more comfort. Wooden dryness, citrus fruit and rosewater/lavender liveliness complete this moment in delicious ecstacy.
Sweet, earthy, plump berries live peacefully, yet not closely, with the resinous hop bitterness. Floral spiciness and deep malty sweetness satisfy and surprise. Flavors aren’t that well-blended so far, but each side of the flavor profile is presented with talent. Lots of potential.
Exotic decadence somehow is a little more attractive to me than standard decadence.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great sweet, caramel, vanilla nose with a hint of grape. It has a very dark red-brown color with a good white head that retains throughout the experience. Flavor has caramel, fig, dried fruit. Aftertaste has a grainy texture to it that hints at a bit of chocolate. Finish has some alcohol to it. Palate is just a little watery. Way way better than the 1st anniversary.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber thanks to SDbruboy. Clear chestnut colored body under a medium sized tan head that faired well. Hoppy nose, piney, a touch soapy? Med/full body. Floral hop flavors, perfumy. Medium sweet malts, caramel, a hint of chocolate, light earthy notes as well. Finish is lightly sweet. Just something about it though? Did,nt grab me. Thanks Cliff!