crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Think I may have snagged the last glass of a 5 gallon batch last night. As someone who has been a long-time fan of the Wild Brunette, I was pretty excited to see a triple fermented version of this classic on the draft list. What impressed me most about this beer was how well in maintained the original flavor profile of the Brunette, despite being over twice as alcoholic. That being said, this beer is certainly more intense. Awesome flavors of dates, prunes, raisins. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Astonishingly easy drinking for a beer that clocks in at 18%. Truly world class.
jmagnus87 (2034) - 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!
TheHOFF43 (1430) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at brewery for RBSG 2013. This is the best barley wine I have ever had. The alcohol is very well hidden, wow. Pour is a hazy amber, dark red hues. Aroma is malts, caramel but no booze. Incredible flavor of malts and caramel, it is almost sweet.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Barley Johns brew pub RBSG 2013. Pours murky rust amber with a thin creamy film. Aroma sweet caramel raisin and tootsie roll, toffee and dark fruit. Taste is sweet bitter caramel tootsie roll toffee subtle wood dark fruit raisins and a little spice. Palate is full sticky chalky and finishes very warming.
kbutler1 (1324) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft! Serves for RBSG. Pours a cloudy caramel brown color with a light tan head. Sweet aroma of caramel, raisin, and plum. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Very sweet, caramel, as it warns a nice woody character develops. Pear and apple notes as well. Very rich and very good. Unique. The alcohol hides behind the sweetness.
Bacterial (839) - 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!
badgerben (4323) - 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 donít give a rip. Itís 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.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Winterfest and @ Barley Johns. Minuscule head on this dark brown pour. Smooth but with a warming heat; flavors of dark pitted fruits and brown sugar. Caramel malts and some chocolate on the aroma. Hot damn
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft Winterfest. A perfectly attenuated domestic Barley Wine. I have a touch time enjoying BWís these days. They tend to be too sweet, too hoppy, too malty... Just really out of balance. Rosies solves this problem. Little to no apparent carbonation in a ruby/amber pour. Aroma is clean, malted barley, very mild citrus and earthy hops. Toasty caramel and light creme brulee. Flavor is toward the dry side (but not overly so). Very crisp, snappy and clean, especially for how big of a beer this is. Alcohol doesnít show until the finish where it gently warms the throat. Well done Colin!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a somewhat opaque brown with hints of orange color. Very little head, no lace clings to the glass. Smell is sweet, but not overpowering. No trace of hops in the aroma.
Taste is very sweet. I detect plum, sugar, raisin, molasses, and honey flavors. Absolutely no bitterness in the flavor, but the taste is not cloying by any means. There is a warming, brandy flavor in the aftertaste (Iím not a brandy expert, sorry I canít describe the flavor better). The body, character, complexity, mouthfeel, and level of sweetness reminded me of a port wine