mgermani (1010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
Aroma of apples & berries, and present alcohol. Also something I can’t quite place... plums? Pours a gorgeous strawberry amber with a small amount of foam which forms a ring very quickly. Citrus in the hops (Cascade?) balanced at first by warming alcohol but gradually bittered as the sweetness wears off. A real treat, but not for everyday. MartinT (10102) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Any first impressions? TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2006
-A veil of foam settles atop the reddish amber.
-Brown sugar sitting on frail wood, and fruit and vegetables abound in the simplistic aroma.
-A fruity syrup sometimes reaches corn, as oak and alcohol induce dryness.
-The body is healthy, not bulky, and is loosely carbonated.
What if you dig deeper?
-Citrusy hops clumsily join the complacent flavors.
-I don’t feel like the malt bill fits these particular bourbon barrels; cohesion is lost.
-The finish brings back alcohol, weak hops, and greenness.
-Not a bad barley wine as it were, but the wine barrel 2004 vintage I had tasted at the RBSG in Montreal last year was far superior. I just don’t think this barrel helped the beer at all.
Bottle; 2005 vintage.
strong aroma of candy, lemon, rhubarb, apple. Great! Pours a copper brown, weak head. Sour lemon, chocolate notes, alcohol well hidden. A great beer that deserves more attention. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 6, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 (650ml bottle) Courtesy of Oakes. Pours a frothy yellow dissipating head with a dark, dark orange body. Nose of fresh figs, pool water (chlorine?), petuli oil and nail polish. The flavour is ripe with strong prunes, oily flowers, sour bitches and malted-macho-mustachioed barley-whores. E for Excellent. Highly compatible with cheese and/or/during sex! sitronbus (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle. Orange coloured, medium bodied. Sweet, sticky, strong alcoholic finish. Some hops present in taste. Not particularily well balanced.
Lubiere (14196) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
Red coper ale with a thick light moka head. Very fruity and pungeant aroma, with caramel and plums and strong alcohol. In mouth, warming alcohol over sweet candy sugar, vinous notes and intense C-hops. Rich and smooth. Thanks to Capflu!!! Ernest (7862) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2006
RBSG 2005. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2006
Body is medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), moderately hoppy (resin), with notes of sherry and wood.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Somewhat brutish with hops in the finish, and overall not really my kinda barleywine.
Pours a transparent copper orange with a finger-width high off-white head. Sweet rich caramel malty aroma has lots of light fruity notes and complexity with some Belgian yeasty character. Body starts with lots of sweet sticky caramel toffee, hints of bready Belgian yeast and lots of fruity complexity. The viscous palate hides the alcohol well. A very nice English style barleywine. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing!
2005 bomber bottle from Oakes, who is not a "a vibrant community with a strong agriculture, medical, industrial and commercial base for a rural community with a population of 2000 located in southeastern North Dakota" : Sammy (12851) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
Pours a reddish brown hue with an initial large fluffy head before fading to near nothingness, some lace.
The aroma has notes of lemongrass, white pepper, clove, apple, honeydew, toasted malt, corn sugar, oak(es), and bourbon vapors.
The taste is simply too bitter on the finish and discombobulated. This beer combines a sugary mess with raw fresh hops that never work together and then the alcohol is a straight up “in-your-face” dominate factor to let any chance of depth shine though. AWFUL !!
The mouth feel is equally awful, with a biting character than seem to be there just to be there, serving no purpose other than being alcoholic.
Avoid this like the plague, maybe the older 2004 is better, lets hope. (Maybe I got a bad bottle, but clearly against the grain on this beer)
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Beautiful beige in glass with foamy long-lasting head. Abundant creaminess and amazing mouthfeel. Taste like a fresh draft. 2005,Bourbon and barleywine tastes significant with good C hop citrus taste. Nice malt and toffee. So drinkable you ram right through and do not feel the 10.5% Great for sharing.
A masterpiece for its style-thanks Viggo.