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 (438) - 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 (4762) - 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) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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 (8492) - 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 (2625) - 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!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma was malty sweetness, a slight citrus, and carmael notes. The flavor was malty sweet, slight citrus, and pine notes. This beer was hoppy and kinda grapefruity. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ thin lasting head and medium lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and creamy.
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pulled out of the fridge at the Hampton Inn. Eye like Idrinkale :)
Barleywine Schmarleywine. American Strong to Double IPA at this point. Pineapple, flowers, a lot going on with the aroma here. Flavor is hops, hops, hops with moderate alcohol presence and sweet caramel. Honestly one of the better beers in an amazing evening of beers.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle (courtesy of DarkElf). Hazy dark red color with a rich, hoppy nose and tons of lacing. Taste is malty at first a but subtle then almost out of nowhere, the ripe, chewy hops jump you from around a blind corner. I really enjoyed this stuff thoroughout.