presario (4423) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stubby bottle #1121. Not a lot of sex appeal in the bottle or label. Pretty light and clear gold liquid. Light head with some large bubbles and light cloud cover. Nut oil aroma, with some alcohol, hops and dark spice. Soft mouth feel with a pillowy finish. Refined BW with noticeable alcohol. A little spiciness.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle: Pours a transparent copper orange with a thin-lacing white head. Mild, yet enticing, aroma has some pleasant sweet toasty caramel and green hoppiness. Starts with a nice sweet maltiness but thins toward a warming alcoholic finish. The body just doesn’t live up to what the aroma promised. Too thin for a high gravity beer, which makes the alcohol more apparent.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004/Bottle 225. Poured a golden color with a thin off-white head. Aroma was thin first sniff seemed to smell like nothing, like water and then sweet sugary malt started to flow. Flavor starts"watery" thin but builds to a big malt with alcohol warmth and a bitter finish. Basically front end is small but developes well.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
’04 stubby bottle # 1253. Pours gold with a small head. Aroma is cotton candy and malt. Taste is pineapple, alcohol and some sweet hops. Yeah, this shit’s worth one time. Probably not twice. Hmm, is this my favorite bw from Canada?
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(341ml, 2004 vintage, No. 1504) Hazy golden body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, molasses, maple, raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, molasses, caramel, maple, some herbal. Some alcohol in the finish. Medium-full body with some syrup, though at times it seems a bit thin. Also, flavor loses its roundedness as it warms.
piscator34 (1844) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 vintage. Light amber/orange and a bit cloudy in colour with low carbonation. Sweet wort like aromas mingle with some delicate floral notes. Thick and sweet body... sort of like a tripel without the effervescence. Some interesting flavors going on there though: orange marmalade, clover honey, and some confectioner’s sugar. Well hidden alcohol. Not much hop presence to speak of, which seems a little out of place, but I still enjoyed it. Thanks radiomgb.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sampled @ RBSG 05’ (Montréal) Post-Cidery Impromptu Hotel Room Tasting
Yellow gold, light head, light lacing. Nose of aged malt, lots of hops, plum pancake. The flavor is balanced, and rich. Very creamy but not quite on what I’d call a barleywine.
willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
07.10.05 Bottle, RBSG. #1503, 2004. Pale golden. Creamy body. Somewhat woody, vanilla, honey. Sugary, maybe too much so but it hides the booze.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(355ml stubby) Bottle #189 sampled at Cafe Volo, in Toronto. Pours a very amber and clear body... looks like your average cask ale. Mildly thick with VERY strong fig notes. The full-on fig and doughy flavour is what you’d expect from a barleywine but there lacks complexity, spice. The finish contained a mild butteriness which gives me the impression that this barleywine might taste better young than aged? You tell me.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a bit like a barleywine light in the flavor department. Pours a light amber body with an attractive, pure white, frothy head with good retention. The aroma is a bit like fresh wort when first opened, but gradually turns into cracker. There’s a bit of grapefruit rind hops floating around early on in the aroma and flavor, but quickly fades out to just the lightly sweet malt and that faint buttery overworked yeast taste common in barleywines. Not bad and incredibly drinkable for a barleywine.