blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, mds & tupalev -- courtesy of the Michigan crew. Pours a hazy amber with some sediment and an average size lasting white head. Very fruity malty aroma with some hops and alcohol. Sweet and fruity malty flavour with herbal hops and alcohol and a nice bitter finish -- very tasty! Medium bodied. In my notes I wrote "YEAH!" so it’s safe to say I really liked this.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, mds and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle via one or more fellow RB’ers met in Michigan July ’06. Poured slightly hazy orange with a small off-white head. Fairly mild aroma of leafy/herbal hops and solid citrusy/juicy malt, alcohol. Taste - ahh, there’s the stuff - woody orange juice malt, alcohol, solid green herbal hops - long, bitter, alcohol/hop finish. Average body, good level of carbonation, for once a nice malty-bitter aftertaste - very nice indeed!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
KP’s Fest. THanks to Jay I think. Pours a bright deep amber with a thin lasting light beige head. Aroma is sweet thick sharp caramel malts, light citrusy hops and some fruity esters mixing with some alcohol heat. Caramel and toffee sweetness with a good amount of hops, fruity- light apple, raisin etc. Very nice on the palate and has a long smooth sweet finish. Good BW.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
kp’s Fest of 26.
Thin off-white head over a clear, ruby brown body.
Caramel and dark dried fruits play in the aroma.
Sweet start with a biterness that builds in the finish.
Smooth bodied and full.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a short-lived head. Aroma has a sweet oakiness, some hops, pit fruit, a little whiff of alcohol. The palate is just about perfect for a barleywine. Carbonation is present, but does not get in the way when drinking. Taste has a slight sharpness yielding to sweet and finshes with a lingering warmth and bitterness. Very, very good.
Ernest (6018) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle made from a bomber (heaps of thanks to TAR).
Head is fully diminishing.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (cookie, caramel), lightly to moderately hoppy (apricot, flowers), with notes of peach, plum, cantaloupe, whisky/alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Quite delightful...maybe a little too sweet, but a really inviting fruity & malty nose.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly hazed amber color with a thin off-white head. The aroma was sweet and thick with malt, toffee, and apples. Light hop citrus in the back. Notes of alcohol. Fruity malt flavor. Plenty of apple. Fresh apples, dried apples and even apple cider. Flavor of toffee as well. Nice warming sensation. Mild bitter finish.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Eclipsed apricot. Thick and rocky dollop of dirty-white foam. Estery aromas are comprised of rhubarb, candied pineapple, and dried strawberries. Maple sugar and soft bready malt whispers. Natural fluffy carbonation gently massages the palate. Delicate drop of acidity is greeted by a moist hint of tobacco, initially. Slickly fruity esters fend off a large portion of the malt richness, but the malts do manage to generate a roasty edge of dryness. Thickset cake-malt foundation. Hops become much more apparent as it approaches room temperature and possess an abundance of soft juiciness which suppresses any overt hop brashness that might try to interfere. Alcohol is felt, but isn’t the least bit discernable in the flavor and only lightly so in the aroma. Finishes peachy, sappy, and continually fruity/estery, with an accompanying kiss of lightly coarse hop bitterness which cuts and complements the doughy yeast and chewy malts. The nuances (particularly in the flavor dept.) really begin to sparkle at room temp. This is a wonderfully different take on this often predictably boring style. Aroma is a bit yeasty but, man, there’s no denying that Hawk’s has mastered the art of head retention, mouthfeel, and balance. These guys will certainly be missed. Best of luck to all of you and thanks for all the great memories!
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely gorgeous! Pours with a thin white head that dissapates quickly. Wonderful sweet malty nose, with a somewhat murky dark amber color. The flavors mostly comes across as sweet malts, with barely enough hops to keep it from being cloying. It does leave a slight thickness at the back of the throat, and a tiny amount of alcohol burn, but its candy-like body defeats the contending flavors. I’m a big fan of barelywine/old ale/strong ales...so this really hit the spot for me. I got two bottles, one for this rating, and one to age, and am considering a case for my annual Christmas gathering. Very very nice!
demolayfire (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Its a damn shame that this is the last Hawks beer to be released, but at least they’re going out with a bang. Easily one of my favorite barleywines. The color was really the only thing amber about it. The ABV was noticeable but didn’t interfere with this beers drinkability and will probably mellow a bit with time. Perfectly sweet balanced by a generous hop profile. If I was still in college and this beer wasn’t so savory I might be tempted to pound it. I will definitely be squirreling away as much of this as I can.