Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a single 22-oz, 2005 vintage bomber from Hereford & Hops in Wausau, Wisconsin. Shared and sampled at Cellar’s WIne & Spirits weekly beer tasting in St Paul, MN. Pours a hazy orange/brown amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind a fine film top. Aroma of powdered dark caramel malt, brown sugar, plums, tart cherries, and a little herbal spice. Taste is medium to full bodied, light carbonation with flavors of chalky semi-sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, cherries, and some dried dark pitted fruits. Finish is smooth, creamy with a slight cherry and caramel aftertaste. The two years of aging has done some good to this aged barley wine. Quite excellent.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4919) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on draft at the Cranberry PA location this beer poured a rich red-amber color with a small khaki head. The aroma was light sweet fruity hops. The flavor was lightly sweet and a bit syrupy with light malts and a hint of fruity hops. The finish was short and bland. The mouthfeel was only moderately thick. Rather a disappointment for this style.
JK (4433) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From skyview’s growler. I liked this very much. Some hops in the aroma, but not a lot. There is also brown sugar there. The brown sugar comes out more in the flavor, along with lots of cherry and a clove finish. Good.
badgerben (4399) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Vintage; Bottle. Many thanks to Skyview for this one. Murky brown color with no head. Powerful aroma of brown sugar and spiced malt. Great flavors of plum, cherry and dark fruits. Brown sugar and a strong sweet malt. Finished off with just a bit of oak and vanilla. Killer. Based on the ratings, this one obviously needs to sit for a year or two.
cheap (4052) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2007
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2011 On tap at the Cranberry H&H near Pittsburgh PA. Pour is just a little darker than your typical pale yellow beer, maybe even a bit orange. Has a cramy white head and I don’t really notice too much strong barleywine aroma as with many other barleywines I’ve tasted. Taste is initially very strong with a high alky impact. I am not dissapointed, just like any other barleywine impact. Seems to have a strong alky personality that is in your face, again as expected for a barleywine. The head eventually fades to a slight froth. The taste is bitter, probably due to the alky content. In the description it says that 50 pounds of brown suger is added during the brew. I guess most of these barley wines must add sugar to get the desired effects. Very bitter alky offnsive finish. Barleywines are just too strong for my girlie taste buds.
Nate (3727) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap. Honey sweet aroma, with cherry-almond biscuit notes and Graham cracker. No hops. Golden-orange clear with off-white head. Medium-heavy watery body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts sweet with big malty profile and some Graham cracker taste. Light drying hops toward the finish, mild alcohol warming, and dry nutty after. Decent ale but not very complex. Good balance of malt and bitter, though
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was good. Thanks to Skyview for Sharing. Massive toffee on the very sweet nose. Hazy amber body with faint head. Light body cinnamon and spice, almost like what one would add to a christmas cider.
dpjuart (1049) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12/27/07 - Winter Road Trip ’07 - Draft sample at brewpub. Amber/orange w/ little head. Big malty nose. Very sweet, big on alcohol and caramel, some spice. Lacks complexity. Eh. Not bad. Hot, no body, carbed up. Eh.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Sweet maple and cardboard aroma with an alcoholic bite. Flavor was way too sweet, full bodied, and accompanied by some vegetable and seed flavors. This is a very poorly blended beer and a poorly made barley wine.
Naka (705) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at Cranberry location. Pours orange/amber with a sweet malty nose mingling with some alcohol. A lot of caramel and sweetness initially, but ends with some bitter alcohol. I with they would do this unfiltered, because I tried it as such and I liked it better.