OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Ambrée tirant vers l’orangée, recouverte d’une fine couche de mousse. Arômes de raisins verts palpables, d’abricots, de citron confits et de figues rayonnant d’un imaginaire bonheur alcoolique. L’alcool est tellement bien masqué que ce liquide renfermant 15% d’alcool semble presque désaltérant. Typique signature de levure de cette brasserie produisant beaucoup d’alcool tout en donnant un résultat très parfumé et floral. Incroyable mais vrai. Bouteille, Moan And Dove, 21 Mai 2005. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
I’ve only got one bottle of this - why, I don’t know; where and when I’ll get more, I don’t know. So, only one bottle - when to drink it? Well, I’ve had it since winter, no super special occassion, so I wait until we watch Old School - Yeah, this is the kind of brew that Frank The Tank would enjoy. Deep golden amber body - clear but it looks "thick", short head, slippery lacing. Aroma is sweet fruits and citrus hops - I can already tell that I’m going to drink this way too fast - could’ve been funnelling it, but I do have to slow down and taste it - yeah, malty sweet and viscousy thick, summer fruits (a cousin of aprihop?), plenty of grapefruit/orange peel bitterness - actually, this is more balanced than I expected it to be. Finish is long and sweet. "Hey everybody - Let’s go Streaking!" Gimme more. walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2005
I cannot not believe I haven’t rated this before I have been drinking this for at least 8 months but I am glad I waited because it as gotten better as it aged in the old basement cellar. poured a nice honey with a nice white head with good lacing. aroma, hops, sugar, malts, grassey. alcohol, musty, citrus ( lemon ). flavor, hops, mats, semi sweet grapefruit and the alcohol comes out nicely. going to have to buy more of this just to have it age for a while FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Pours a deep yellow amber. Small thick white head. Fermented fig aroma with an alcohol backbone. Acrid sweet nose, quickly enveloped by some earthy malt tones. Big fig and date fermented fruit flavor characters. Finish is pretty hot, with a semblance of floral and spicy hop signature. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange color. Lots of bubbly action, thick white foamy head. Aroma of sugar, musty lemons/grapefruit. This beer is so soft on the palate, smooth and easy to drink. VERY nice. A small hop presence!
jimstrassburg (57) - Germantown, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pale tan, thin cream head. Citrus hops. Not a overly intense scent. Bannaa rind scent. Taste is medium bodied. Apricot and light to medium carbonation. Very yummy. Thanks Matt. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear, pale apricot color, slim-to-none head.
Aroma: fiery fruit, not terribly forward, either, just rather naked with the alcohol, accompanied by hints of peach, orange, cherry...and booze.
taste: boom! A blitz of boozalicious rough fruity flavor, ...very warming, and a bit punishing, as well...this is not a delicate affair, in the least. Over the top and out of the stratosphere. Not sure why it’s called "Olde School", this a newfangled Sturm Und Drang. Stings quite a bit on the palate, too, with an unfavorable flavor. Rather thin in body for all the boom-shak-a-lacka it brings in the mouth. Something this bold with the booze should really have a beefier body to match the lashing liquor. As it is, way too hot.
I’m going to chase this with a Bell’s Third Coast Old Ale to reassociate my tongue with a real barleywine.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Clear gold in color with a thin, splotchy head like algae on the surface of a swamp. Aroma is tart cherries, cotton candy, vanilla and cedar. Occasional wafts give a slight suggestion of the high ABV. Flavor consists of orange rinds, bubble gum, oak and vanilla. Creamy and smooth body, which was a pleasant surprise from the thin composure inferred by the appearance. Slightly dactylic and separated. Reminds me of Brooklyn’s 2004 Monster Ale, which I have cellared in hopes of making it a superstar; maybe Olde School needs to age as well? As it is – fresh - everything is moderately controlled and balanced, making this barley wine good, but not very special or dynamic. mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2005
bottle. 2003 vintage at Beer Bistro. heavy sweet maltiness, yeasty, cheese funk, some pear fruitiness. pours a hazy orange-amberish colour with a small white head along with some floaties. this is a big beer with a low hop profile but a massively sweet malty flavour. I’m not sure but I think this is the highest alcohol content I’ve had in a beer and I was definitely able to notice it, it was certainly a sipping beer. very potent. pretty good barley wine. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. aroma: pine, booze.
look: clear light gold (lighter than i expected for a barleywine).
flavor: wow. caramel is the boat, and piney woodsy notes ride along, as well as a hint of the alcohol content. still, the 15% is very well hidden. not one for pounding, but very good.