krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
ah, itís a poor puny looking little fellow in itís wee 6 ounce bottle-- a yet gazing through the bottle, one can see a sedimentary clay-like substance piling up in a three-quarter inch mudslide along the bottom--and it tells of things far greater than the misleading smallness. you could sink a plow into that muck. this is the 2000 vintage, an exceptional year for northern sunshine and pollinating bees and happy hops grown as big as walnuts. lifting the top, the pent-up carbonation emitted a brief exclamation that sounded like squirting water between your teeth. beerline pours thick, like an egg yolk in bourbon, with a thin silken veil of foam, pocked by just a few gaping bubblettes. the aroma lurches up so quickly it could put your eye out: sponge cake yellow malts with strawberry and chocolate; a musty note has some raw bakery yeasts and cornbread. a bit of mustard seed hitches a ride along with the high-balling oaky bourbon. itís flavor is indeed sweet to the extreme, but well backed with aged apricot and chain-mailed alcohol, plus enough bitterness to twist the tongue into some gravity defying yoga positions. i always feel a little self-conscious when i have to hurl myself against the grain on a rating like this, but iíve had several bottles of the 2000 beer line and they were each very enjoyable. thatís my story, and iím sticking to it.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cut a deal with a lady at Lakefront to give me a bottle of this (available by request only at the brewery) for 2 brewery tour tokens. Poured a thick, cloudy orange. Contained sulfites. Small, off-white head with tiny bubbles popping off the top. Smelled of sour green grapes, wheat and barley. Tastes rich. Oak like characteristics and tart cherries. No trace of alcohol in the taste but it catches up on you about 10 minutes post consumption. Iím not a regular connoisseur of barley wine, but Iíd say that this concoction is a quality offering by the lords at Lakefront.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small 6.3 oz bottle, tenth anniversary 1987-1997...best if aged at least one year printed on the bottle, how about 8 years. Pours a cloudy orange copper with a very small head that leaves no lacing, smoky fruity aromas, sweet fruity, woody bourbon flavors. Full bodied with a smooth syrupy mouthfeel, not much carbonation, finishes sweet. Seems to have held up very well, not bad.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 21, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark red/cranberry color. Lots of things floating around. Aroma is woody, along with sour/funkyness to it. Flavor is flat, thick and lots of sour and sweetness to it. Very strange.... not a fan.......
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a chunky orange beer with a load of sediment. Gross, even for a homebrew. Nice hoppy/malt aroma. Thin rind of a head. Flavor is loaded with hop character and bitterness. A little grapefruit with some other complex fruits. Long alcohol finish. Would have scored it higher if theyíd been able to pare down the residual yeast.
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Talk about the fog rolling in.This brew was heavily clouded.Poured a dark yellow color with scents of sour fruits like apples.The alcohol was hidden well and had nice clean finish.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nip (6.3oz) bottle Millenium 2000 release, Sampled September 2004
Pours a hazy copper color with no head and no visual sign of carbonation. The aroma is thick of aged malt characteristics, I get notes of sherry, toasted malt, alcohol, caramel, and the aroma I associated with the crust of a well made, fresh artisinal crunchy crust bread. This one has a wonderful aroma, it has none of the over-oxidized notes, and keeps me intrigued enough that I spend a couple of minutes just smelling this beer before my first taste.
The taste is thick, a bit sweet, with what seems to be a citrusy-herbal hop component up front, which is a bit surprising given its age, so perhaps is just the aged malt complexity. The finish is lightly bitter, with a drying fresh bready-toasty character to it. There is definitely a twang in the middle of this beer a combination of rich malty notes and citrusy-herbal character that just enlivens this beer. It is of course quite flat, but this beer is strong and rich enough that this does not seem to be missing at all.
This beer has just aged so well and gracefully, I canít even imagine what it tasted like to begin with.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 14, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Murky orange with no head. Sour flat malt aroma with light fruit. Sweet heavey mouth feel with bitter! finish. Flavors of maple and malt with a annoying cloyingly sweet quality. Maybe on pancakes but not in my mouth.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2002 Bottle Murky orange minimal white head. The aroma is sweet maple and alcohol. The Flavor is odd, it seems that all of the right components are there but it never comes togther and its just an overwhelming cloying sweetenss and alcohol. Medium highly alcoholic mouth-feel. Deseves it low ratings.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cloudy amber, very murky, looks a lot like an unfiltered cider. Odd. Nose is malty with some toffee, but is somewhat harsh and astringent. Flavor is off, far too sweet. Is sweet at the first taste and then gets much, much sweeter, and after a few sips it becomes largely undrinkable. Itís like itís building up some kind of unpleasant, sugar-infused coating in my mouth and it got worse and worse as time went by. It begins to taste like heavily sweetened maple syrup after a while, which barely fights off the burn of wood grain alcohol.