nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Old Fashioned. Hazy amber-orange body, rising carbonation bubbles. Thin, oily head. Big, sweet, rich, lots of what I would assume is candi sugar. A sugar cinnamon edge cools down the alcohol. A little odd, imperfect creature, but OK..especially for a 2 dollar pint. Sort of tastes like someone dropped malt extract in a fermenter and carbonated it. Smooth and sweet, but just too big for it’s own good. The caramel sweetness is overbearing. Not offensive, just overly sweet and sugary. Nutmeg, light clove. Odd malt extract fraud.
DrSilverworm (4741) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served in a tulip for $7.75 on tap at Cock & Bull. Mostly clear red / brown color. Good thin off-white head. Cherry aroma. Bigger body, light carbonation. Sweet taste, kind of cloying in the finish. Good lace. Bigger body, smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of creamy, almost. Light nuttiness. Tastes odd to me, but gets a bit better as it warms up
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Old Fashioned. Clear copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, booze and sweet malt. This one was too sweet and tough for me to stomach, something just wasn’t right here. Alcohol, cherry juice, sugar, caramel and mild oak. I generally like Hinterland’s brews but couldn’t finish this one.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Hinterland - Milwaukee. Poured cloudy medium amber with a creamy, well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet raisins, molasses, and caramel with lovely dark fruit, black pepper, and clovey yeast around.. sweet, Port-like warmth rounded it out.. really nice. The flavor found dark fruit, raisins, wildflower honey, and Port at the core, with black pepper, slightly tart dark fruit skins, banana, and cloves laced throughout.. finished spicy, warm, and long, with rich vinous notes and peppery yeast. Heavier-bodied with slow-rolling transitions through the palate.. sweet overall, but with good yeasty impressions cutting through when they needed to.. engaging.. excellent brew!
heemer77 (5077) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap at el Bait Shop. A deep copper body is topped with a light khaki head. The nose is herbal with caramel and peanuts. The taste has lots of sweet caramel and herbs, like basil. There is also a warming booze kick in the finish. Extremely sweet, this is not for me. There is nothing to balance out the teeth enamel stripping sweetness. Imagine eating caramel doused in straight white sugar with basil thrown on top.
arkurzynski (1370) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pre-GTMW at the Tipsy Cow. Deep mahogany in color. Aroma is a mixed bag of fruit, syrup, and mild spice - apricot, pear, cherry, faint mango. Flavor starts almost cloyingly sweet with dark fruits, cherry, pear, biscuit, and toasted malts and finishes dry. Quite complex, but a bit too sweet out of the gate for me.
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2012 Pours a plum hue with a medium white head. Smells of plum and some banana. Taste is creamy and thick fruity flavors with a smooth move off the tongue with a sweet aftertaste. Enjoyed at the Tipsy Cow in Madison on the eve of GTMW.
I also sampled the Grand Cru at GTMW 2012 in a barrel with Montgomery Cherries. Poured a dark amber/red with carbonation and a scant white head. The smell was of bourbon and cherries. The taste was strongly of port and bourbon with a mildly metallic aftertaste. Good for sipping - this one packed a punch!
cbfobes (2101) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Old Fashioned, pours a clear dark amberish red with a thin head, the aroma has a ton of cherry and oak that comes through, I could tell this was going to be good right away. The flavor has the oak and vanilla on the front end with cherry in the finish, very nice mouthfeel, the cherries and the oak mix together in a great way, hats off to Hinterland on this one.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Hotel Foster. Barrel aged beer with door county cherries. The beer pours to a reddish body with a white head and a slick coating nice lacing. The aroma is sweet cherries with a light oak tang. Extremely complex aromas. The flavor is cherry, but not overly so. Lots of complex cherry oak and malt. Silken velvety texture. Super easy drinking.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draught at the Hinterland brewery/brewpub in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin. Pours a hazy reddish copper colored barleywine with a creamy beige head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is quite active. Raisin, prunes, some tropical fruit, brown sugar, a touch of maple syrup and caramel malt. Taste is full bodied and then some on top of that. One could easily eat this with a fork. Flavors of sweet caramel malt, raisin, a hint of cherry, maple syrup, brown sugar and some light creme tartar. Finish remains full bodied, smooth as silk, very sweet with aftertaste of tropical fruit, mangos, maple syrup and brown sugar. Wow, a lot of care when into this outstanding barleywine as the alcohol is quite hidden. Hope to see this one again next Christmas.