GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler 2007 vintage. Poured a murky ruddy brown color with red highlights. The head was thin, consisting predominantly of soap bubbles. Smelled of brown sugar, molasses, and dried dates. Full bodied, smooth, and sweet with lowish carbonation. The flavor was malt-dominated and included the likes of molasses, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits. There was also a bit of booze and some subdued grass. The brown sugar was particularly distinct into the finish. Mild bitterness emerged at the end. Good stuff.
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler of 2007 shared by Hophead22.. Pours murky brown with a tan head.. Aroma was saltwater taffy, twizzlers and toffee, kinda buttery..Flavor was sweet caramel, some hop bitterness but very smooth..Pretty tasty.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
’07 Vintage.From a growler acquired from the brewery and stashed in my suitcase. Very murky and dark brown pour. Sweet, dark fruity aroma, some raisins, very nice. Very smooth and slightly warming, slight bitterness, very good. This was a big hit with everybody at Hangar 24. I have to give big thanks to the guys at Fitgers for comping this after I gave them a couple of six packs of Hangar beers, big thanks.
stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Winterfest 2009 - ’07 version. Pours a dark brown. The nose of dried cherries, cranberries and dates at first. Quite earthy. Comes across the palate heavy on oak and peat in a dark honey. The finish is fruity alcohol with a bitter grapefruit juice burst. Palate is noticeably thin.
Stine (1527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shadowy and dark oak brown. Aroma of dried cherries, cranberries and dates at first. Very earthy. Maple syrup and wild rice take this in a new direction which anticipates the flavor quite nicely. Heavy with wet oak and peat, glazed in a dark honey. A hot singe of plastic, fruity alcohol at the finish with a bitter grapefruit juice burst. Palate is noticeably thin, highlighting the fire accidentally. Lacks sufficient malt strength to combat this, or to provide a substantial foundation. Quite loose around the edges and a bit underdone.
undsioux7 (794) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at pub. Brown/orange with a thin head. Aroma and taste of sugar, alchohol, a bit of fruits. A bit sweet for my taste.
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 Barley Wine, tasted in June 2007. Hazy brown, chestnut, red-peach colors. Extremely good first impressions. Smooth, complexity of raisin, spice, with a nice nut finish. Well done. (on tap at brewpub)
JK (4400) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 aged version. A sweet and alcoholic barleywine. Some fruit in the aroma. Lots of sugar in the flavor. Hops come out in the finish and they are dry and bitter.
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Fitgers Brewhouse in Duluth, MN, pours a hazy orange brew with a small, fast dissolving head. Aroma of burnt brown sugar, some rum, molasses and grafefruit. Taste is a little sour, full bodied, some hints of sweetness with a touch of honey. Finish is a little metalic, high alcohol, with a grainy aftertaste. Could use a little more aging.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet raisin nose. Cloudy orange with a faint head. Definitely a barlywine flavor but not as sweet as I’d expect. Grainy finish. Alcohol is not subtle in this brew and detracted from the taste.