Barley Johns Winter Ale (2004-2008)
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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
Winter Ale (8%abv): We harvested the hops growing on our patio this fall and used them in our Winter Ale. We also threw in some unique spices (caraway and fennel) resulting in a subtle "bready" flavor with a touch of licorice in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Handbottle thanks to Stine - thanks! This one has an amber color with a smaller head. Aroma is dominated by heavy spices, candy, and thick floral hops. Flavor is sweet and heavily spiced with some hop influence. Nice, but not as good as I hoped for such a huge beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2008
[Growler] shared by JoeBrew. Pours clear burnt caramel color with a small off white head. Aroma is strong in caraway, with some caramel, toffee, and raisins. The flavor mimics the aroma perfectly. Medium mouthfeel. Finishes with a little hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
(growler) Pours dark amber with an off-white head. Aromas of peach, fennel, and what must be caraway (I hadn’t smelled caraway before drinking this beer). These scents blend into something rather pleasant. Taste is strong and spiced, with again, caraway and fennel, but also some caramel, and fruitiness as well. Mouthfeel was medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1283) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
[Growler] Pours reddish-brown with a tiny white head. Aroma is very spicy, with the caraway especially showing through. The taste is also spicy--a little too much so. The caraway and fennel are dominant, but there is also light banana and toasted malt. Medium-thin mouthfeel with a long finish. I’m not a big fan of caraway, but I wouldn’t have minded it if it had been more subtle, and not overpowering as I found it to be here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2008
Sampled at Heritage Liquors Inauguration beer tasting in Maplewood, Minnesota. Via growler pours a reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that quickly dissipates clean. Aroma of roasted dark caramel malt, some raisin, cherries and some flowery hops. Taste is semi-sweet, full bodied, with minimal carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, dark cherries, some caraway and a touch of dark pitted fruits. Finish is semi-sweet with a mild cherry and caramel aftertaste that slowly disappears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
12 oz handbottle. Clear purple brown with a bit of froth. Nose is raisin, caramel and wood. Medium light with mild carb tang. Flavor kind of thin. Taste is bitter currants, caramel, nutmeg and caraway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2008
12 oz handbottle from Stine, thanks! Reddish amber in color, almost clear. Aroma of alot of sweet caramel malts, and subtle hints of spice. Taste is very malty, sweet but not quite cloying: alot of caramel and some biscuity malts, a touch of spice and bready. Full mouthfeel. Finishes sweet with lingering smooth caramel. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2008
I was thinking, Irish ale, or maybe English strong, while drinking this. Almost no hops at all, but a beer that is all about the malt. Some biscuit character, but mostly dry malt flavor. Bitter overall, and a dry finish. If there was a little sweetness, I think it would be considerably better. High abv well hidden, as I did not smell or taste it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2007
From a growler. Transparent, honey red mahogany pour with a thin layer of white head. Interesting blend of spicy hops, rye malts, honey, and fennel seed. Seeing the caraway in the commercial description really doesn’t surprise me much, either. Like a really herbally, spicy, bready brown ale. Light to medium bodied, sparkling carbation mouthfeel. Rye seed, grassy euro hops, coriander, and toasted artisan bread crust comprise most of the flavors. A touch of spicy goldings (?) hops round out the final smack. Thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2007
Growler. Pours a dark copper-ruby body with a white ring of head. Smells floral and spicy with notes of pears, citrus, and bread backing. Creamy palate with warming alcohol and spices. Surprisingly leafy and hoppy flavours come through. Soild.
Sampled at Dr. Bill’s on March 22, 2007.

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