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.
badgerben (4253) - 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.
Skyview (5023) - 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.
KAF (447) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I don’t know how the rankings for this are so poor?! Did people open their bottles too soon? Anyway...Bottle courtesy of Skyview. Light brown in color with a thin whitish head. Aroma of prune and brown sugar. Taste is very nice and filled with various dark fruits (prune, cherry etc.) and molasses or brown sugar.
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, 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.
Naka (684) - 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.
dpjuart (974) - 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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (3977) - 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.
Nate (3327) - 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