SpringsLicker (3193) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured this straight in to the glass and was rewarded with a large rocky head of off-white. The body of the beer was sparkling light amber with tints of orange and pink as well.
Nutty warm aroma.
The flavor was sweet and heavy with a long finish. Bordered on syrupy but was exceptionally creamy and smooth. Whiskey was not popping out at me so maybe this has mellowed some. Nice but will have to be a special treat as it’s price is probably not worth it.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is quite whisky-like, some smoky notes, woody. Clear copper colored body with no head. Sweet flavor, caramel, fruity and the smokyness from the whisky is there too. By far the best of the four cask maturd harvest ales. mmmm... Lagavulin!
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, ’03 vintage) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of whisky, wood, and caramel. Has a mild whisky and caramel flavor. Warm alcohol presence. Enjoyable!
Nuffield (3732) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve just walked into a pizza kitchen, and having a sip of whisky with my pepperoni, I am warmed and comforted. Very dry, malty, with good life. Smooth, giving so many indicators of the whisky. Beautiful aroma and flavor, easily the best of the three cask Lees (haven’t had the Port yet). Thanks Bu11zeye!
TChrome (1430) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours amber in color with a small dissipating head. Interesting aroma of peat and whisky. Full flavor of wood and whisky. Enjoyable beverage.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a bright copper bronze with light fizzy carbonation and a thin, lightly-lacing coating of cream-colored head. Rich sweet caramel butterscotch around with a touch of peat and whisky. Body starts thick and syrupy with lots of sticky caramel, turning more dry, smoky, and woody toward a charcoal finish. Alcohol is fairly well masked. Enjoyable and well done. This will age quite nicely.
asheft (2615) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright light orange with little head that quickly becomes a wispy film, leaving some lace. Pete really obvious in the aroma that dominates but doesn’t completely hide the spicy malt. The flavour is also dominated by pete which is in an interesting balance with the high alcohol taste and feel and the thick sweetness, though a lot of the pumpernickely malt is hidden by the smoke. The pete flavour also lingers on the tongue. A bit salty up front, full bodied, medium to low carbonation. The best of the cask aged series but still inferior to the regular Harvest (2001).
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jan 2005, 2x275 ml (2003 vintage): The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #12. Darker and a bit thicker looking than the other BA versions, with a fairly powerful smoky/earthy nose and some underlying sugar...in the flavor, whiskey, vanilla sweetness, peppery earthiness, with still a touch of unpleasant metallic bitterness, but overall by far the best of the series.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper color with no head. Aroma of smoked malt, caramel and alcohol. Flavor of smoked malt, caramel and alcohol. Medium body, liquorous texture, very soft carbonation. This is my favorite cask aged Harvest Ale, of course it helps that I love scotch, especially scotches from Islay.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Intense peat, nutty malts strong dark fruitiness, incredible sweetness and some alcohol in the aroma. Clear, dark orange-copper with thin but lasting tan head. Smoked flavour is a pleasant counterpoint to the underlying thick maple sweetness. This was was fairly heavy in the mouth and still and sticky. There we go! Sampled last in a comparison of the regular harvest ale followed by the four barrel aged versions. This one has character. Bottle sampled with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie. Thanks, Dorwart!