DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasty, delicious, complex. What more can someone ask for in a well done beer?
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler: Pour was dark brown with strong notes of oak and bourbon in the nose. Flavor was smooth and malty with oak, roasted flavors, and more bourbon. Good brew. Would drink again.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing. Brown in color. Mild aroma with malt and dried fruit. Flavor has brown sugar, some oak, and light bourbon. Almost no carbonation.
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(growler, thanks Skyview) Pours dark brown with no head. A substantial amount of sediment is present within this beer. The aroma was heavy on oak, with slight scents of bubblegum, raisin, and caramel as well. The taste was dominated by oak, with caramel and light hops only faintly there. The finish was predominately oak, light hops, and the mouthfeel was pretty thin.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Growler, thanks Skyview!] Pours hazy dark amber with a very small white head. Aroma and taste consist of caramel malt, a lot of oak, light hoppiness and some bourbon. Medium-thick mouthfeel. A pretty good finish with oak and a little bitterness. Not a bad beer at all.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Skyview. Murky copper color with no head. Strong oak, vanilla and coconut aroma. All of that in the flavor, plus a good, sweet malt backbone. A somewhat winey and viscous finish. Very nice.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a growler. Still appearance of garnet brown; skinned with a microscopic film of white. Soft and undermanned aroma of raspberry, vanilla, caramel, and toffee; fully formed but lacking in substance. Coconut and banana, some powdered sugar, caramel, fruit cocktail and basic bourbon in the flavor, all very relaxed and somewhat thin; balance tilted to the slightly tart sweetness of bourbon oak. Palate is similarly too light and too gentle, in a way more insubstantial than delicate. The flavors, though bold and satisfying, seem to sit restively on a thin surface, lacking supportive character. Underdone, unfortunately; lots of potential in this one. Thanks for sharing, Bob!
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draught at the brewpub in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Pours a clear caramel amber brew with very fast dissolving off-white head that leaves behind only a thin film. Aroma of bourbon and coconut character, brown sugar, caramel malt and plenty of alcohol. Taste is smooth, full bodied, high alcohol with very little carbonation with flavors of coconut, sweet milk biscuits, and some caramel. Finish is very smooth, coconuty with a slight tart flavor. The high alcohol also warms up the palate.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A barley wine... really? The owner/old brewmaster said this was their barrel aged Imperial IPA. In any event, this was my bourbon fix for the trip and by far the best beer at Hinterland. This version spent nine months in it’s barrel. Strong yet surprisingly smooth bourbon nose with remnents of generic hop. The owner said it’s possible to bring the hops back out after aging and I’d really like to see that happen. Oak, malt, bourbon buscuits, caramel, and floral hops in the body.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Hinterland. Poured a thick, milky toasted nutty color (dark) with a thin residual pool of deep beige head.. some fine legs as I swirled it around. Aroma was sweet, toasty, and strong.. charred oak, vanilla, and bourbon sugars well-interlaced with aged caramel and smoky toffee.. rich and enchanting! Flavor found a bitter and lightly acidic hit on the tip of the tongue.. sour oak, well-aged caramel, and vanilla over the middle.. some darker fruit on the back-end and finish.. the oaky sourness became downright oppressive, especially in marring the otherwise enjoyable finish. Heavily-bodied with a decent flow aside from the aforementioned sourness. Interesting stuff.