Caskalefan (163) - 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 (2045) - 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.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sour and sweet w/ hints of caramel apples on the nose, flowery and fermented fruit w/ citrusy notes in the mouth, this beer poured a reddish brown color w/ brown highlights and great head and lacing. Creamy and smooth. Nice medium body.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby with a creamy off white head. Lace plus is what was in my notes, but Im not sure what that is supposed to mean. An almost sour aroma greets you at first but quickly moves into a caramel and roast malts. Figs and dark crystal malts. Citrus is maybe making some of the sourness. Flavors bring out the bittering hops. Great caramel malts. Sweet malts come out next. Raisins and brown sugar. Alcohol. Thick, cloying and sticky. I like it. Finishes bitter with an awesome malt backing. Great.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny ruby color, oily slick head with some retentive rings of lacing like a rescue crew. Nose of sweet plums, malt, fig, licorice, alcohol. Super tasty smell. Tastes roasty and chocolatey with strong alcohol notes and finish. Complex, a bit balanced and very anticipated. I like! Strong alcohol in the finish and overall palate.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brownish color with little to no head. Nice malty aroma with some sherry and burnt caramel. Taste is candied sugar and sweet, toffee and light oak. Nicely maked alsohol. No burn, lightly hopped, really, really good. Addictive. Thanks HERFTYdrF (Andre) for this real gem.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 Bottle pours mahogany, fairly clear, large fluffy sandy colored head, virtually no carbonation, but with sticky lacing. Fruity aroma, some melon, along with raisin and plum. Seems fairly sweet, with hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness, some nice caramel, vanilla, fig/raisin, and a soft hop presense. If this is 10.5% ABV, its quite undetectable! Wonderful body, smooth mouthfeel. How could I continually pass this one up when its a damn local! Finishes mildly sweet, raisny/figgish, with a good malt background. Damn... a new recommendation from me for those who want PNW brews!
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium orange color. Small to medium white foamy head. Aroma is raisins, bananas and sweet malts. A medium to full bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet. Tons of banana, clove, brown sugar and vanilla flavors. Hops are grapefruity and spicy. A well-balanced barley wine. Very smooth. Finish is very clean. Very mellow as it has aged well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing this one as well.