McBeer (12) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
My tasting notes are from GTM 05. I thought the alcohol was to strong. I think it would be better over time.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah yes. The big barley wine at the Great Taste 09. Pour was deep golden ruby with a sweet malty nose along with vanilla and oak. Flavors were well blended of vanilla, toast, light oak, sweet malt, and caramel. There was a little alcoholic bite but a very nice brew indeed.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
For Great Dane, I saved this one for last during Great Taste of Midwest 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-clear dark copper orange colored brew with a fast dissolving beige head that dissipates clean. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, a hint of raisin, coconut and toffee. Taste is medium to full bodied, plenty of alcohol with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, some toffee and prunes. Finish is metallic and sweet from the high alcohol content. Even has a little tart cherry after the finish. Nice!
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the downtown location. Poured a clear mahogany-orange color. Head was off white and dissipated quickly. Rich aroma of vanilla, whiskey, plum, and burnt toffee. The alcohol singed my nasal passage mucous membranes. Thick and oily mouth feel with very little carbonation and a warming alcohol effect. I had no idea this was 15%, but it figures. Tasted great with oak, whiskey, vanilla, and apricot notes.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep crimson brown muddy cloudy color no real head. Bourbon heavy malt lightly alcoholic touches of peat aroma. Palate is well coated & creamy. Huge malty flavor lots of syrups & carmels w/ a bourbon overtone.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Madison location 8/13/05: Pours a murky cloudy muddy brown with a frothy, light-tan ring of foam. Aroma is rich, malty and caramely sweet balanced well with a hint of oaky bourbon complexity. Body starts with lots of sticky sweet caramel maltiness, bourbon oak, and a lightly bitter, warming alcoholic finish. Could hide the alcohol better, but otherwise a good, big beer.
ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GTM. Bourbon aroma. Not typical barleywine aroma. Dark brown with nice, light tan head. Buttery flavor. Really good. Doesnít taste like a b-wine at all, more like a bourbon barrel porter. One of the best beers at the Great Taste this year.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. This was among the finest I tasted at the festival. I held Tyranenaís Spank Me Baby! Barleywine in one hand and Great Daneís Bourbon in another. This caramel, butter, toffee, and vanilla flavors blended marvelously with a hint of orange, apricot, and dark cherry. I just canít imagine how good this beer would be with age.
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in the Madison location. This beer pours to a hazy mahogany body with a thin white head and no lacing. Bourbon barrels and sweet malts abound. Dark fruits and apricots. The flavor is very casky. Bourbon. Very malty but hard to describe. Light chocolate. The 15% alcohol is present. The palate is alcoholic but extremely creamy when swished in the mouth.