kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: The Herc C-130 Strong Ale
Date: March 12, 2007
Appearance: clear amber, frothy off white head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with light alcohol
Flavor: nice fruity malt flavor, well balanced with mellowed hop flavor, good caramel sweetness that gets a bit sticky after a while
Name: The Herc C-130 Strong Ale
Date: October 12, 2008
Score: 3.5 to 3.4
Appearance: hazy dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with lots of earthyness, brown sugar sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, sweet fruityness is well balanced with earthyness, only a hint of the caramel sweetness
Overall: much drier than the previous sample
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Big offering from Buffalo’s only Brewery. Caramel malts, Hop bitterness, citrus. One of the better brews I’ve had from them.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 bottle sampled on 3/12/07 courtesy of Rudolf: Pours a transparent bright copper with a frothy, nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresher piny hops with some light caramel malt. Body starts with a nice, caramel malty sweetness and good fresh hoppy balance toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A pretty good American strong ale.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hmm. I thought the bottle I had (2006) said barleywine on it and I was going to say the body was light for a BW but here everything says strong ale. It must have been a long night for me. Poured a clear amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Semi-sweet malt aroma appeared to be on the light side. The flavor was semi-sweet with notes of caramel an d fruity esters. Medium bodied. Some decent taste but nothing truly jumps out.
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft-Mugs-Split Thy Skull-4 oz snifter. Excited to try but aroma was all weird off the bat. Smelled like cooked cabbage with a cherry/sherry alcoholic taste underneath that. Taste is nice enough with warming alcohol, some hop (grassy and sharp) bitterness. Color is dark copper with a lot of translucence, medium bitterness, and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Something is seriuosly off in the aroma.
gwpom (295) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle at Coles Barleywine Festival. Crisp and light, clear amber, light head, seemed a bit young compared to the other barleys we were sampling. Hoppy with a nice flavor to it though, would benefit from being forgotten in the basement for a year.
BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Goldy red colour. Light citrus in smell. No head. Spicy taste, very unique for this type of beer.
shintriad (700) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Maybe this was a bit flat at the bar. This thin amber-brown ale smelled fresh and a bit citrussy, but it’s sole source of flavour came from sugar and alcohol. A bit of a cheesy aftertaste.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with medium head. Big hoppy & Sweet aroma. Taste is of dark fruits with some decent hop flavor. Good, but a bit unbalanced for the style. Bonus point for the name as I used to enjoy jumping out of those cool C-130s.
ross (2075) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Santa. No idea when this was bottled as the date had worn off. Pours out a light red to almost orange color. Smell is sweet, malty, fruity, reminds me a good bit of the smell of double bastard. Taste is low on the carbonation, but it tastes more like a barley wine in all ways than it does a strong ale. Plenty of hops and caramel malts coming through. I didnt really enjoy the first half of it, then once I was accustomed to it, it became much better. Not a bad beer to seek out.