alobar (3966) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Copper color. Caramel aroma. Vanilla spicy floral taste with hint of hops. Not bad, but seemed unfinished. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
22oz. Bottle at Bootopia. Hazy light brown color with a small beige head.
Sweet malty aroma with some brown sugar, hops and a bit of cardboard. Flavor wasn’t as sweet as the aroma led me to believe. Malty, with caramel and some hop bitterness on the finish. IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Not sure who shared this at Paul’s party, but thanks.joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Poured a cloudy brown with an off-white head. Nose is predominantly caramel, almost unpleasantly sweet. Taste is caramel, vanilla, and alcohol with a dry finish. Was looking for more vinous notes, but couldn’t find any. Needed to be more complex.
Cloudy brown w/ a creamy finger of light brown foam. Aroma is hoppy (citrus) & malty (caramel, chocolate, butterscotch) w/ some notes of cotton candy & cherry Sweet Tarts. Medium, somewhat resiny feel--perhaps a little too much carbonation. Flavour is big & hoppy, but not quite malty enough to support. Finish is relatively bitter but also somewhat dry & yeasty. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
Orange rind, flowers, earth and charred wood in an aroma that evokes a campfire that was extinguished with earth and water the night before. Something beyond tart but not quite sour lurks as an undertone. Clear, dark, mahogany brown with light off-white ring of fully-diminishing head. Burnt roasty malts with moderate bitterness and some fair sweetness. Medium body with moderate carbonation is somewhat simple in the mouth. Bottle sampled with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.
CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Bottlewerkz, Seattle. Pours a thin, white head with a clear reddish body. Nose is hoppy and malty with undertones of butteriness. Big alcohol and hops flavour but lacking a malted base. Perhaps a tad lemony too? OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Ambrée aux reflets bruns pale, peu de mousse beige. Sucre d’orge, cendre, terre, sucre et zeste d’orange contemplent le lointain champ de marguerites. Très sucré en bouche, style sucre à confection de bonbon, sur quelques quartiers de pamplemousses éclaboussés par une large vague d’alcool. Manque certainement de malt et de complexité à mon goût pour ce style. Corps de densité moyenne à semi mince, carbonatation effacée. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
The Lure:TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Sweet berry candy spiced with orange peel. Peppery wort slowly burgeoning from within.
Grassy hop bitterness and lemony, orange-y hop flavors try to topple the sticky but not-big-enough malt. Candied berries precede the alcohol splash, which isn’t that necessary in a barley wine of this size. Perhaps immature, but somehow I feel it couldn’t get more complex with time. Maybe just not my kind of barley wine.
Never been a huge fan of simple candy, although I can’t deny its interest once in a while.
Bottle, 2004 Vintage: Beer pours slightly cloudy amber color with a modestly retained beige colored head. Aroma is rich, sweet malt, brown sugar, oak, rum soaked raisins, and alcohol. Flavor is thick with lots of dark fruit, some very nice oak flavor, though not too much. Palate is very creamy and thick. Some port flavors as well. Not sure home many vintages there have been, but this is above average stuff. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Hard Liver 2005
Aged in French Oak barrels, 2004 vintage
Very parched and dry palate, something that I’m really impressed with. Very nice toasted flavors, sweet malts and bubblegum hop oils, with a very nice and young oak flavor... awesome. Dries your mouth out like a good wine, and has enough distinction to stand out from the rest. Another highlight of the festival.