tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Toffee, caramel, plums and raisins with plenty of vanilla and boozy bourbon character. Cloudy amber-brown coloured body is topped by a thin white head that recedes immediately to ring. Vanilla and bourbon are dominant in the flavour without ever being overwhelming. Extremely sweet and very vinous and fruity with earhty and floral, herbal hop tones and a fair finishing bitterness that keeps it from ever becoming cloying. Medium body feels quite dry with fair alcohol warming. Sampled at GABF 2005.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled @ GABF- Pours a murky brown, small white head. Aroma is cherries, strong toffee nuts, musty with more dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and thick, barrel does not overpower and actually compliments this brew. More earthy notes with a sweet finish. Awesome brew.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cloudy genuine caramelised auburn pour, presenting little head. Powerful and smokey nose approaches the notion of caramel like it wants every other beer to beg for forgiveness for ever hinting at caramel. Humongous focus on toffee, caramel, earth and cookie richness. A real concentrated sweet malt opus. Enormous vanilla notes allow underlying oatmeal-like hints to pear through. The bourbon aging proposes gentle whiskey overtones, but they fit and never dominate, letting their woodiness take the top. Very full bodied, creamy texture, minerally and engaging carbonation. Growing pleasure with every sip despite the growing alcohol awareness as it warms and the obviously fatiguing sweetness. Superb sipper. Just when I thought I was tired of bourbon-aging, Iron Hill comes in with this jewel and proves me unworthy!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown. Awesome mouthfeel ... full and milkshake-like. Intensely rich sweetness, with caramel, chocolate, molasses and vanilla. Had another curious flavor-aroma that I can’t say I’ve experienced with such intensity in any other beer ... coconut. As soon as I defined it, I couldn’t get it out of my head, and I pictured myself drinking the milk from a fresh-split coconut in St. Lucia. Lesser notes of wood and whiskey. Comfortably warming. Mild, earthy bitterness. Great flavors and aromas, but perhaps a little too sweet for my blood.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 GABF 2005. I counted them....I had twelve one ounce samples. My favorite beer from the festival. This was legendary and unforgettable. Brown color. Big time buttery and oaked nose, with hints of bourbon, vanilla and rich malts. Insanely thick and creamy body. Perfect medley of oak, giving vanilla, wood and bourbon flavors, and wonderfully rich malts, which gave hints of chocolate, mocha, caramel, butter and fruit. One of the best I’ve had.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2005: Murky brown hue with a minimal head and zero lace. Nose displays toffee and caramel malts, oak and vanilla, alcohol snap, pepper and clove, and some earthy tobacco character. The taste is lightly ripe fruit on top of sweet malts with the barrel nature noticeable. Mocha and vanilla overtone just before the spicy and phenolic finish. The feel is sticky and lush, slightly warming. A darn good brew with nice complexity.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
09.29.05 GABF Dirty, muddy brown. Big, thick, and sweet. Lots of bourbon and wood, butter, brown sugar, cooked figs. Lightly spicy, black pepper, caramel, toffee, cocoa. Maple lingers. Yum.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2009 Buttery oaky nose. Medium brown body with no head. Taste-butter, light wood, spiced rum, vanilla, molasses, sweet figs. Excellent in every way.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF pour. Ugly hazy brown. Lots of dark fruit (prunes, dates, etc) in the aroma, with light maltyness and a fine complexity. The flavor was delicious with dates, figs, caramel sweetness, some bourbon complexity, and barely noticeable hops (though that doesn’t matter). Creamy and full body. Slick and sticky. Very enjoyable barley wine.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is hazy murky deep caramel amber with a thin tan head...smell is aged...maple syrup and butterscotch...almost oxidized...taste is phenomenal...vanilla, caramel, molasses...great...