Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown, thin tan head. Woodsy, earthy aroma with notes of cinamon and toffee - Nicely spicy, with hints of cinnamon and maybe some sweet potato? Not sure. Anyhoo, as it warms, notes of toast and honey crop up, plus some pleasent root beer notes. Nice! Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nutty malt and caramel mixed with fruity, flowery, piney hops in the aroma. Looks gorgeous, clear ruby-brown color with a dense off-white head. Sweet caramel malt with a little fruitiness hits your tongue at first, but then it is balanced by a solid hop bitterness in the back that lingers in the finish. I wouldn’t say it lacks balance, but the sweet and bitter components are almost separate from one another - the flavors lack integration. Medium body, very easy drinking. Interesting beer, kind of a cross between a doppelbock (big and sweet) and an alt (bitter with medium body).
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Tasted this about 2 weeks ago but lost my notes. I remember it being cloying first of all and the hops were totally un-fitting and overdone, being very sticky, piney and resinous. The palate was thin and overall, this was just very poorly balanced.
This has turned into a very rich, well balanced German barley wine. Caramel, toffee and apple flavors, balanced well by the hops. Not sure what I was thinking with my original ratings
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taster @ PIB. Smells of malts and noble hops, in other words slightly spicy. Slightly hoppy taste with hints of raisins, toffee, and slight chocolate. Full mouth feel, and a sweet body, but not something i would order again.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured brown with a creamy white head. Complex aroma of grassy hops with a touch of malt. Taste is strong sticky caramel up front, with very bitter grassy hops in the end. Big, not as balanced as it could be, but very complex and good.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Transparent amber/brown with a large off-white head which is moderately lasting. Aromas of burnt caramel, and other sweetness. Flavor is slightly smokey, sweet caramel, quite hoppy, and finishes with a lindering licorice aftertaste.
freekyp (1485) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is strong with pineapple and a bit of banana. The deep reddish brown body is topped with an ample rocky peach colored head that sticks pleasingly to the sides of the glass. Lots of caramel and plenty sweet, but not cloying. Bitterness is present near the end but not prominent. Meaty mouthfeel finishes with a warming alchoholic shot at the end.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ooooooga. Banana notes in yeast, hay, grass, no bitterness in hop aroma but a clean, dry finish with a sweet sticky aftertaste. Notes of pineapple, cinnamon, good flan (b/c good flan is decadent and bad flan is retch-inducing), apples, caramel, more banana, toastiness and bread in the middle. This was an English barleywine done right and a German delicacy of complexity and drinkability that most bocks strive for and miss. Mouthfeel on this side of heavy, smooth with medium, soft carbonation. Oooo, yummy.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.03.05 Funny little swingtop bottle as with the other Uerige brews. This one has been showing up all around NJ lately. Handsome copper-red pour beneath a creamy head of khaki foam. Lovely aromas of salted pretzel, pumpernickle bread, brushes with autumn, damp leaves. Altogether tame and pleasant aromas that do not betray the cyclone hidden beneath the surface. The flavor that emerges is almost shocking given the mellow tone set on the nose, yet not out of line or off the wall by any means. Full and round body supports a smooth malty mix of toasty pale grains, very bready, cooling mineral finish, light spicy bite. Acidic in a way similar to a fresh bread, but not acetic of citric. Lovely.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Papago
This was a special 2-keg extravaganza at Papago, and what a sight and treat it was, but you can read the story on Papago website. The beer fresh from the tap is a dark beauty with a modest creamy light tan head that lingers long, leaving a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is rich in bread dough, sweet and mouth watering this nose, hints of caramel and even a whiff of hops, apples and a bit of alcohol finish it off, start is sweet and thick with malt, the top is middling in its feel. Finish is delectable with its spicy hop bite, the acidity light and the sweet malt dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate, what a treat it was, had several glasses. Personally, I think it could be called a “Barley Wine”, and I must say it is the best beer I have tasted in quite some time.