5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Vibrant caramel, heavy orange bias, somewhat viscous pour, fairly cloudy, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing. Total aged malt, sweet, somewhat candyish, a touch of spices that appear to be oak like. Spicy start, quite nice actually, oaken, smooth, not as full or thick as I would think for a Barley Wine. Thinking this would be in a different category with the use of more wheat malt vs barley malt. ABV is well hidden. Quite peppery on the exit, along with subtle notes of oak and vanilla. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. I must say, this one is very smooth and subtle, not heavy nor bright. Perhaps its peaked already, but it is still quite enjoyable and very well balanced. This was a real treat. Thanks Michael for the bottle!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, amber-colored body with a fluffy, white head that quickly diminishing head that reduces to a thin ring. Interesting banana, esters, white wine, bubble gum, oak, vanilla, alcohol, fennel, toffee, and a touch of toasted, malting grains. Fairly thick body with light carbonation and supple cushioning on the tongue. The flavor is good, sweet, slightly tart, and warming. This one held up well for the past five years.
11/3/2002 This was a really strange beer. When I first opened it, I thought it was skunked. As time progress, I realized it wasn’t and it didn’t even smell bad. The flavors were mostly sweet of soft fruits and vanilla. A touch of spice comes through as it moves through the finish. The alcohol was not too evident. It just didn’t grab me like I had expected. Good, but not great. I can’t wait to try the 2001. 6 3 7 4 14 3.4.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL capped bottle (~5 years old), sampled in a vertical tasting with the ’01, ’02 and ‘03: generous ivory head above an orange golden body – the head diminishes, but a constant stream of bubbles rises though out the body. Winey, alcohol laced aroma with a whiskey-ish malt component. Palate is smooth, with a hint of tingly carbonation. Flavours are a bit sweet, with sticky caramel, almonds and toasted malts. Finish is actually a bit spicy with bit nutmeg and all spice. I would rate this 2<sup>nd</sup> out of the four…
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TannerTavernBoys for this one! Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. Huge white head, lots of lace around the glass. Aroma is sour wheat, lemons, and a little bit of malt. Flavor is very sweet, smooth, lots of wheat and lemon/spice flavor, with a sour finish/kick.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks be to Tannertavernboys (Keith) for sharing this fine beer. Great nose, full of spices and fruit. The taste was just about the same with more mellon and such. Very cool. Thanks a bunch!
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to the Tanner Tavern boys! This had an aroma that was sour like a flemish brown with banana, spices, wheat. The appearance was murky, liquified caramel. Was bubbling like crazy. fully diminishing head. The flavor was of melon, apricots, black pepper, green tobacco. Very artistic, just not for me. The palate was sweet and full bodied.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - APR 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged very nicely. Opened this at a ratebeer party and spread the beer around. Nice cloudy color with a sweet and spicy aroma. The taste is full of flavor and the apricot, spice, and smokey notes take charge. Not bitter after 5 years and is very smooth. Wish I had more of these, but I enjoyed it while it lasted.
drpimento (2023) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Only had a couple bottles o’ this and liked it a lot. Very interesting idea of weiss wine and I recall they pulled it off in more accesibile way than most traditional barley wines. Wish I could remember more. Hope this is’nt Alzheimers.
awaller05 (304) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice hue of orangish red, monster amounts of head that was beige in color. First whiff had me recoiling as a strong acrid smell was waiting. First taste has a fruity taste with a toffe like finish and then you taste the alcohol. Different than most barley wines but a great one indeed.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, The Great Montreal Barley Wine Blowout with asheft, beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, tiggmtl, Rastacouere and Yowie, #1. Light muddy copper with a bit of off-white head...luscious caramel, a bit of yeast, banana and dried fruit in the wonderful nose...hugely malty and sweet-flavored, butterscotch with touches of cherry and banana, very thick and full with a touch of late alcohol and sourness that helps to keep things in balance. Lovely, easily the best of the series.