Dogbrick (11179) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Murky reddish-brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing. Aroma of berries, caramel malt and yeast. Full-bodied and syrupy with flavors of dark fruit, molasses, earthy yeast and caramel. The finish is sweet with a rich malt and fruit aftertaste. Really good all around.
BVery (9412) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Winterfest. Deep amber - brown pour. Sweet caramel and candi sugar. A bit boozy but I like that. Great brew!
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Keg @ Barley John’s. Deep reddish Amber pour with a fairly effervescent head. Nose is is pretty rich. Caramelized prune. Toasted grain and dark chocolate. Candy sugar. Chocolate. Flavor is rich and chewy. Nice fruity accents. Prune, raisin, plum. Earthy grain. Singed grass. Mild glowing heat on the finish. Delicate and nuanced. Great stuff.
badgerben (4824) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I had no idea this was coming back on tap. Kinda curious if this is the very original batch or a new brewing of. On the other hand, I don’t give a rip. It’s glorious either way. Deep brown, ruby color. Aroma of caramel and molasses. Slightly vinous. Outrageous flavors. Raisins, dates, figs, dark cherries. After a little warming, turns more like port. Grapey and vinous. Notes of candied orange peel and marmalade. Good lord this is nectar in a glass. The only downside was a rather light aroma, even after half the completely filled wine glass was drank. I could die on this beer.
northropfrye (3198) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet raisin aroma, a bit of boozy nose. Yeast, malts. Appearance of prune juice. Maybe a touch on the sweet side for my tastes.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at the source during rbsg. Wow, awesome beer. Dark fermented fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is totally hidden. Great!
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at GTMW 2014, pours a clear dark amber brown with a thin off white head, the aroma has a ton of stuff going on, vanilla, toffee, caramel mixed in with some sweet berries, what the heck, the flavor is sweet on the front end but has a fruity touch to it with lots of caramel and dark fruit flavors coming through, honestly couldn’t tell this was even over 10%, wow.
Bacterial (2776) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Barley Johns - man this is a treat! Dark amber pour with a red hue to it. Off white head, thin. Not much in the nose - some malt. Might be because a little sick and the smell of barley is thick in the air since they are brewing right now. The taste though, hits hard and is unrelenting in its awesomeness. Malty sweet with the heat nicely hidden. Glad I stopped in, apparently only 5 gallons available on draft and the rest is getting aged!
jazz88 (2655) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Brewery in March 2005 when I was back in Minnesota. I had the Barrel Aged version of this last Christmas, so I was anxious to try the standard version. It did not disapoint. A hazy ruby color with a laced diminished light brown head. Cherry aroma, wood, alcohol (slightly burning), dry, and fully coating.
cards04 (2626) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at Barley Johns. Pours a prune juice colour. Smells like burnt sugar, prune juice and grapes. Very similar flavours. Sweet, but balanced. Nice!