Oakes (13021) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown with a caramel head. Malty aroma with figs, plums and canned peaches. Sweet, plummy, burnt raisin flavours. Richly malty, but only slightly chewy. A little tart and vinous in the back - don’t bother aging this one as it may be turning in early.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great sweet aroma, big sweet grainy flavor hinting towards french bread yeastiness and some dried figs. Great palate too, sweet and sticky with a nice hum of alcohol warmth. Not too unique, but very very solid.
zathrus13 (1728) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber/copper, with a tan head. Aromas of butterscotch, sweet malt, fruit, and some hops. Not as sweet as the aroma would suggest, with the butterscotch and hops coming thru the most. Very interesting and somewhat different.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper, light brown color with a nice, well-lacing, frothy tan head. Sweet caramel butterscotch with a touch of green hoppy pine. Body starts with a nicely balanced caramel sweetness and resiny hop bitterness, finishing semi-dry with hints of tartness. Nice, flavorful and drinkable barleywine. Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for sharing!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a slightly hazy reddish orange color with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma was fruity and malty with a touch of alcohol. Sweet malty flavors with a nice bitter finish. Medium to full body with a good warming sensation.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark rufous with light specks. Quick foam falls into nothingness. Ripe tropical fruits on the nose with candied malts, pine tar, and solvent-like alcohol. Restrained carbonation with scattered prickliness. Sugarcane-sweet with sharp alcohol notes, initially, yet evenly juicy and profusely padded with polished tropical fruit and berry esters. Tongue-numbing mixture of alcohol and hop pungency punctuates the well-aged breadiness of the malt. Sugary grit lurks beneath the slick fruitiness. Cedary-alcohol astringency lends enough dryness to quell much of the sweetness while intensifying the pungent citrus rind hop bitterness that flourishes in the finish. Pretty simplistic, but unexpectedly sound.
Caskalefan (153) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful Barleywine, a perfect cross between the medicinal flavor of an Old Foghorn, and the citric hop sledgehammer of a Bigfoot.
Head pours a generous beige. Nose is caramel, banana, fig and a little raisin, with a slight citric hoppiness. Body is slightly syrupy, but not too thick, and the palate is complex, with caramel, fig/date, mandarin orange, and tangerine, all umderpinned by a candylike (lifesaver) flavor that meshes beautifully with the Cascade hop citrus. Certainly sweet, but in a savory way, well short of cloying, despite the long finish.
A winner, thanks Skip! I owew you somew more absinthe sampling for this one. Continued luck in your relatively new venture...we miss you in Bellingham!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle this brew pours a dark ruby red with a mild white head. Warm fruity malts mix with hints of caramel in the aroma. Taste begins with a warm caramel sweetness up front, followed with just a touch of dark fruit notes and some earthy malts, and a medium citrusy hop finish. I think this could use some more aging.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to batkins for this one. Big, sweet malty, tasty, this is a very enjoyable barleywine. drink it at slightly below room temp
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for this brew Andre. Pour is a gorgeous amber/ruby, with a cream head that is thick and lasting. Very malty, with sugar, brown sugar, caramel, and syrup. Taste is nice and subtle without overwhelming you. Sweet, but very nice. A bit of tea and caramel are the main characteristics I get out of this brew.