Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Received a single 2007 vintage 22-oz bomber from Liquidsolutions.biz and shared with our local Minnesota tasting gang at Cellar’s WIne & Spirits weekly beer tasting in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that quickly dissipates to a fine film with no ring or foam head. Aroma of a tropical fruit, some citrus zest hop character, tangerines, and a little raspberry. Taste is medium bodied, low carbonation with flavors of sweet dark fruit, some light green vegetables, grassy hops and a touch of toffee. Finish is a little complex with some hop character, multi dark fruit and some vegetables. I’ll save the second bottle and add two years of aging to see how this matures.
robforbes (2030) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 old rating 6/4/8/4/16 - 3.8
pour is dark brown with a tint of red, large thick creamy beige head, excellent lacing.
smell of dark fruit, sweet, burnt caramel roasted nuts, and a touch of vanilla.
taste is creamy, prunes, raisins, some roasted nuts, caramel, end is dry and nicely bitter.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 Vintage. Thanks to Skyview for the share. Dark red color with no head. Aroma is slightly orangy. Sweet malt is the prevailing taste, but very vegetal and grassy overall. A little hoppiness. Might benefit from a year or two.
jason (1674) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a deep, dark red body with thin head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, cherries. Flavor is a big caramel punch on the tongue, dark fruits, malty feel to it. Light sugar and sticky mouthfeel. While this is good for now, it really could stand 2-4 years for it to peak.
lb4lb (2172) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours rich maroon with a slight hazed look and a thin beige head. Smell is very fresh with dark malty sweetness comin in along with balancing hops in the form of grassy and vegetal notes, almost. Taste is moderately sweet but not syrupy at all, and balanced by the grassy hop flavor and a touch of alcohol. Something in this beer seemed a bit odd to me, and once I got "vegetal" in my mind, I couldn’t shake that and enjoy it as much.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Bottle. Big caramel nose with light hop presence. Cloudy brown. Flavor is sticky sweet malt tones and hops, not particularly complex but flavorful if slightly boozy.
update: age shows nice balance. booziness has subsided significantly. hops and malt in good balance at 2 years old.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Floral aroma with some hops in the finish.
Dark brown to black well carbonated filmy head.
Sweet Grass flavor fallowed by a hearty rye bread finish.
A little thin but well balanced and smooth.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with toncatcher. Thank you Dennis. Flavors were mostly hops, and some alcohol. This one needs time in my opinion. Good start though.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
rusty brownish red with a small light brown head that fades fast.nice aroma of cotton candy,smoke,pine hops,and alcohol.the flavor is a mix of the aroma.very nice and pretty balanced considering how young it is.i think some time would mellow out the alcohol,although it would do the same to the hops which really give it a nice flavor now.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark for style, deep mahogany with a dense of-white head. Very clear, with ruby notes. Aroma is wonderful Northwest hops upfront, very fresh (dry hopped?), followed closely by dark malts, producing some chocolate and hints of coffee aromas. Flavor follows through after aroma, with more NW hops, and a great dark chocolate character. Aftertaste is more dark chocolate, backed by more NW hops. Body is pleasantly full. Great American-style Barleywine! One of the best!