StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004. Mostly translucent and rusty copper in color with dancing large cloisters of tan acting as the head. Aroma is supercharged with cherry vats, cinnamon, fig extract, Hot Tamales, prune skin, oak batter and black cherries. Flavor encasement begins with an incredibly balanced composure of thick concord grapes, cherry pits, red currant and boysenberry syrup. Smooth oak vat traits furthers the balanced rendition. Rich fruity esters perpetuate golden raisings sitting in raspberry vinaigrette. Cyclical and unison as it rolls around the palate, mimicking a sucking nature on the taste bud receptors. Balance is achieved to-a-tee, finishing with cordial cherries basking in bourbon Manhattans.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried this in a bottle in Atlanta. Very good stuff though a little on the sweet side. Very drinkinable, but definitel notes of the acohol in it as you would expect with this big of a beer. I’d get more of it if I could!
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[bottle at LCRBM] Aroma is dark and sugary, spiced, sherry. Full creamy mouthfeel.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep murky brown/red, maybe some sediment. Very little tan head. Smells of huge amounts of sweet caramel malt, dark fruit, and some alcohol. No hops. Interesting. Taste initially is a huge blast of the aforementioned malts. Damn. A good mix of dark fruits come into the mix, mostly raisins and plum. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overly so. Begins sweet, finishes somewhat astringent, probably due to the alcohol. No hops at all, which is defintely different from all the other barleywines Ive had. Dont know the age of this beer. Almost reminds me of a dopplebock in some qualities. Only drawback was a slight metallic taste on some sips in the beginning. Vastly better than Behemoth, cheaper and more readily available as well.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown appearance. Aged for a year. This is much better now than when it was fresh. Flavors have blended together and the rough edges are gone. Lots of flavors going on. The most dominant is chocolate and some cognac flavors too. Drinkability isn’t that great though. Still pretty sweet and too much alcohol.
Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
LCRBM, Bottle, 2001. Sweet, spicy brew. Silky mouthfeel, very wellbodied. Alcohol is remarkably wellhidden.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(2004) Pours a rusty brown with a small off-white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Flavor is caramel, molases, spice, scotch, and some dark fruit that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Texture is smooth, finish is long. Alcohol is present, but subdued for 11.4%, warming.
tsp (113) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle - 2004) Pours golden/orange, with white, quickly dissapearing, head. Notes of VERY sweet malts, and bitter liquorice dominates. This is a beast of a beer, and it demands a lot from the drinker. It’s massive sweetness took my breath away. Magnificent beer!!
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
No#20. (2001). This is the start of tasting for the lowlands meeting, what an excellent day and id like to thank all the amaizn ppl who i met there for such an excellent time if you read this.
Aroma is malty peachy mmm. Taste is a seriously sweet malty beast with a long finish. Nice.
diabel (1679) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - OCT 16, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the RBG Low Countries 2005 tasting session
Muddy, amber body. Off-white head. Nose of molasses, white port. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter initial flavour. Heavily bitter (long) finish. Fully bodied. Lively carbonation. Heavily alcoholic.