dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft: Dark, reddish to purplish brown, nice tan head, wicked aroma... deep ripe dark fruits, plum, concord grape, some spice, flavors are some candy sugar, wood, and potent fruits, the aforementioned grape and plum, finish is pleasant, mildly bitter and drying. EXCELLENT
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. 2004 edition. Pour is an iced tea brown with HUGE effervescent tan head. Aroma is fruity, spicy, hoppy and yeasty. Taste starts off yeasty and spicy but is quickly overwhelmed by a pretty strong kick of warming alcohol, sugar and wood. Nicely bitter hoppiness at the end too. Tastes a bit like a thin barley wine.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Listed as a barleywine for a tasting event. Bottle. Chestnut colored with a white head. Very carbonated. Slightly fruity in aroma. Moderate alcohol. Decent.
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Caramel fruit aroma. Dark transparent amber with an off-white head. Fruity and woody. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Woody aftertaste. Light alcohol burn.
MiP (13573) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Draught, 10%. Almost clear dark brown colour. Big, creamy, stable light brown head. Yeasty, malty aroma. Peppery, malty and yeasty flavour, slightly sweet. Very nice, perfect balance between alcohol/pepper flavours and malt.
rauchbier (3598) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, Kulminator Antwerpen. Ruby red, excellent lasting pale beige head and gentle condition. Big fruity spicy aromas with hints of caramel and roast barley. Sweet and spicy in the mouth with corriander and cinnamon apparent and a gentle distant hoppiness. Slightly sweet and syrupy aftertaste with a lingering roasted note.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark amber-brown with a big beige head. Spicey aroma with yeast and dark fruits. Very yeasty flavor with sweet malt and subdued citrus and herbs. Rich and complex. Alcohol’s there, but it goes down easily.
sayravai (4669) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 (Bottled, 0.75l, re-rate) Very nice, deep red color with a large, foamy and tight, beige head. Malty, fruity, toffeeish, salty and sweet nose with lots of anise. Sweet-malty, yeasty, quite bitter and hoppy, fruity, slightly spicy and alcoholic flavor. Very smooth, foamy-carbonated, medium-bodied, bitter and slightly slicky-alcoholic palate. A quite nice and pleasant, beautiful dessert brew. A bit strangely bitter, but that is gone with the yeasty part added. Probably best, if you mix the yeast in from the beginning. Anise really shows up when warm.
SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep walnut brown with a nice head. Lots of floating chunks rather than a pleasant haze, but I guess that’s okay. Aroma is rich and malty, with a strong Belgian estery fruitiness. Flavor is sweet and full, like a dessert wine or a cream sherry. Definitely a sipping beer and not something I can drink more than one of.... but perfect for a chilly winter night after a nice dinner.
ElGaucho (2200) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 1/12/08: Re-rate. Draught at Blue Nile, Minneapolis. Virtually identical rating as the one I did 3 years ago. Aroma was docked 1 point. Dusty and yeasty aroma. Huge! tan head. Had to wait to drink it. Dark, murky body. Decent lace. Very sweet and very good. Not too strong. Distinctive flavoring. Not too heavy. I prefer this slightly to the Bell’s Old Coast b-wine I had just before it. That’s saying something. A very nice brew. 1/23/05: A very rich, sweet and malty nose. Lots of visible particalia. No visible carbonation. A still brew. Nice rich, dark amber color. Highly carbonated. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17