MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grassy hops and creamy grapefruit are tickled by pine combs and black pepper. The approach is mostly hoppy, maybe because this 2004 vintage is still young.
Resinous, grassy and citrusy hops blend well with candied fruit and earthy cereal. A creamy mouthfeel ensues, as brash hop bitterness nears chalkiness after a while. I prefer it to their Brown Shugga, slightly.
Another competent staffer from Lagunitas, always original too, yet not quite exactly what Iím looking for.
sloth (2610) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Twenty aught 4 vintage. Medium sized tan head, good retention and some spotty laceing. Clear, deep amber hued ale, a real looker of a beer. Nose is nicel fruity, hoppy with citrus, a touch of pine and medium sweet malts, doughy. Med/full body, slick, lightly oily, laid back citrus and pine flavors propped up with a gentle maltiness. Finish is mostly dry, spicey and lasting. A nicely balanced and highly quaffable brew. The fatmanrocks! Thanks Derek!
Tejas (910) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Admittedly this was a tough one for me to rate; just couldnít figure out the flavors. However, I will say this is a good BW. Sweet aroma. Slight alcohol bite that dies down as it warms up. Smooth palate. Plum flavors maybe??? The 9.7% ABV packs a punch. However, in the end this one is just entirely too sweet to drink again
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong Alcohol aroma, especially as the beer warmed up. Fairly sugary/syrupy. Hops come through on the aftertaste. Fairly average barleywine.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Although it lacked any foam at all, it had such a gorgeous orange amber color I rated the apperance higher. Nice malty aroma, alcohol whiffs up as well. A nice syrupy sweet malty flavor with a decent balance of bitter, quite easy going down, though you know it has a kick.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thx to elnadeau for sharing. big sticky sweet malty nose and flavor. Poured w/o head w/ a clear amber body. Very easy drinking
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Vintage. Bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a see through reddish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, brown sugar, and fruits. Light citrus in the background Medium sweet. Very easy to drink.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz Bomber 2004. Clear glowing ruby red with a small head that fades to a mear splattering of film floating on top. Wonderful fruity malt aroma with notes of vanilla, figs, grapes and caramel. Hops are subdued yet add a nice touch. Oh my god the palate on this one is to die for. Full and silky smooth, soft like cotton ballsfloating in your mouth. One of the best bodies I can recall in this style. Flavor is a malty treat and this one seems as though itís been resting awhile. Delicious flavor of fruity malt, caramel, vanilla and tangy hops. Bitterness is held to a minimum. Overall maybe the best BW Iíve ever had. Iím glad Kaggie9
7 sent me two of these. Thanks man!
DocLock (8425) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep ruby/coppery with minimal head. Complex aroma of fruit, berries, figs, toffee, alcohol, and cabernet. Tastes full-bodied, with tons of fruit and a slightly astringent finish as it warms. The alcohol appears, but it never impedes the fruit, malt, or hops. Good complexity. I donít see this as an elite barleywine, but it is one of the better ones.
Oakes (13303) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 fresh, 2005. Golden brown colour. Aroma mixes candy, earth, caramel. Rich body, with lots of chewy malts, earth and light fruity notes (peach, pear). Balanced, vibrant. 6-3-7-4-15 = 3.5
2007, aged for 7 years. Cloudy amber-brown. A lot of chewy, slightly toasty malts, hints of hop spice, touch of alcohol late. A lot of chewy and some alcohol...dash of chocolate...well itís not improved with age or anything else. 2 6 6 2 11.