antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to BuckyBeer for the trade. Pours a dark brown with hints of red. A very small dark tan head crowns the glass, with little lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruits, and a trace of hops. The flavor is a great balance of malts and hops. Nice malty backbone, with caramel notes, but a lingering hoppy finish. The hops seemed to build as I got further into the glass. Very well done, I enjoyed the balance. I would love to age one of these further.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 11, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005. Dark ruby pour with brown highlighting. Small beige head, light lacing. Aroma is of complex caramel tones, spice, orange peel, grain, hops, light diacetyl and fairly well contained alcohol. Flavor is thankfully diacetyl-absent for the most part. Bitterness is very heavy, especially in the finish. There is enough sweet caramel malt to keep it very drinkable. Finishes very bitter and warming with plenty of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium in all regards except tannic style woodiness and biting bitterness from plenty of hops. Decent. Very unrefined and sharp.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the RBSG ’07 Grand Tasting room (and picked up an extra bottle at Bob McFarland’s Liquors). This 12-oz bottle was offered at the main table near the room entrance with no one to give credit to. Pours a clear caramel amber brew with a nice off-white head that slowly dissolves. Nice lacing. Aroma of spices of nutmeg, creme deTartar, dark pitted fruit and caramel barley malt. Taste is sweet, lightly carbonated, with detected flavors of caramel, candi sugar, and some plums. Finish is sweet, fruity and a slight yeast aftertaste.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good barley wine. It lacks some of the overpowering meatiness of some, which is not always a good thing, but in this case it makes the beer a good alternative when you’re not in the mood to be overpowered. The color is an attractive cherry-ish red, and the aroma has some nice orange peel to it, over a layer of maltiness. The first impression is of fruity, yeasty flavors, but a good solid one-two punch of malt and hops quickly follows. At the very end there’s a faint but unmistakable reprise of the orange peel. Very nice.
Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle wife bought for me while on a trip to Wi. Fruity and yeasty bread aromas. Amber body with beige head and good amout of lacing. Good malted caramel texture along with some fruit and grain flavors as well. Sweetness on palate along with some toasted bread aftertaste.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Curiously soft aroma, some spice (nutmeg/cinnamon) with orange and chewing gum. Rich amber color. Surprisingly bitter front, way more than is desirable to me. Tempered malts, butter, pine. Not very edge palate--it’s just driven by the hops, not the body itself.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Brown body with a very malty nose. Ultra sweet candy caramel flavor.
BCAR (220) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Viscous caramel color on the pour with vanilla, cotton candy, and alcohol notes. No head, to be expected. Nice malt/alcohol barley wine balance. Finished a tad bitter to crave the next sip, but overall good.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBSG 2007. Copper color with no head. Both the aroma and taste are very lightly bittered caramel. There really was no depth to this at all and it didn’t have much taste period. Disappointing.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to Brigadier. Poured a hazy, fiery reddish orange with a short cap of yellowy-beige head sitting on top.. solid amount of sediment floating around in there & some rising carbonation. Very, very sweet aroma of candied plums, butterscotch, and medium-toasted caramel.. alcohol warmth and herbal notes accent. Very sweet again in the flavor with toasted caramel, darker fruits, and vinous notes.. high-ish level of herbal and woody bitterness and ample alcohol accents. Wonderfully creamy foray onto the palate through the middle, but a mess of alcohol and bitterness sticks at the top of the finish, and is the primary takeaway on the long finish. Definitely hits some points well and misses others.