Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany with a light head and small spots of lace. Rich roasty/toasty malts. Caramel. Melons and bitter hops with some hints of alcohol. Alcohol is the first thing noticed the flavor. Caramel and toffee follow soon. Bitter hops with some citrus, melons once again. Some notes of figs. Thick syrupy palate. Alcohol laced finish of bitter and herbal hops.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled draught at Pelican Brewing, Pacific City
Ruby mahogany color, moderate carbonation but little head. Nose of spicy hops & honey, brown sugar sweetness, lots of malt here. The flavor is good, very full bodied, spicy & a little hot. Creamy tail. Also: Strawberry, dum dums, boysenberry syrup, very oaky!
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sticky peaty hop aroma, dark bloodlike appearance with a nice medium tan head, very intense grape juice with a candylike finish and slight grassy hops
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/19/05. On tap at the Toronado Barleywine Festival ’05 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. Burgundy-brown body with a very little head, coffee-tan in color. Oily, thick appearance and texture with an attractive ring of foam. Mostly transparent with some opacity. Lacing is good but a bit blotchy- bubbles clump together and cascade. Very nice sub-surface lacing. Faint aroma of dark berries and some brown sugar. Not that impressive but decent. Deep sugary and dry alcohol flavor. Finish is very rich and caramelly with light bitterness, heavy toasty biscuit, and dark nut. Long finish is the best part. A bit disappointing after the bold appearance, but pretty good nonetheless.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Toronado. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, caramel), with notes of sherry and brown sugar. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Full body, watery/creamy texture, soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly malt-heavy aroma, but not in a terribly interesting way. A little biting in the mouth. Ok.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
02.19.05 Thanks to Dave from Boulder Creek for this one at Toronado BWF. Darkest one of the #13-18 flight. Earthy sweetness, floral. Some mild sweetness in flavors like a mead has been mixed in with the brew. No way I noticed it was a big 12%. Clean but bland to finish. Nothing special but alright.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Pelican Brewery. Let me start this off by saying they charge you six dollars for a glass of this, and its only a 10oz glass, argggg, lets just say I was expecting much better. Pours a very dark brown, red hues when you hold it up to the light, with a fast falling off-white head. Taste is very sweet, big toasty richness to it, tastes of honey and brown sugar, with a big hop finish.