CapFlu (5074) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Bottlewerkz, Seattle. I seemingly didn’t mind this beer as much as everyone else? It was very velvety in texture and had a nice brown sugar and spice flavour. Good.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brune semi foncée et trouble aux reflets rougeâtres, faible mousse beige pale prenant rapidement la fuite. Des pointes de chocolat et de raisins foncés agrémentent les arômes de houblons floraux sur un fond de cendre. En bouche, son côté cendreux et brûlé rappellent vivement et éternellement le lendemain matin du feu camp dont les bûches sont encore fumantes. Alcool invisible, probablement masqué par toute cette fumée et ces cendres.. . Désolant!
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Burnt sienna, with a dusty crown of lacing.
Caramel and brown sugar aroma, but something was off, fetid even.
My first sip reminded me of the time Barney Gumble said "Hey, someone left Beer in that ashtray!" and proceded to gulp it down. I like smokiness in Beers, but this is beyond, it’s cinders and soot, and just hangs on your upper palate towards the back of your mouth forever. A saving grace on this one was the fact that the embers hid the alcohol nicely. Bad bottle? I hope so.¨
"Thar she brews" it said on the bottle. "Thar, she blows" is what it should have been written down.
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pepper sprinkled on burnt grapes. Somewhat flat and stale caramel, purporting the possible weakening of flavors already underway.
Drowning in a pile of ashes. Thin-bodied with low carbonation, rather unsettling and promoting this burnt, charred, bitter bread. Cherries and figs diversify the profile, and brown rum reminds that potent alcohol resides within. As predicted by our friend Oakes, this one apparently does not hold very well.
The morning after a forest fire.
Oakes (14841) - 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 (1761) - 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 (2597) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.