heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Called Santa’s Little Helper, Winter Warming. The body was hazy dark copper wit a yellowish khaki head. The aroma was cinnamon and clove. There was also a woody note. The taste was lightly sweet with some wood and a piney, waxy character.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served too cold in a 5oz pilsner sample glass, but the bartender provided me a snifter on request.
Light hoppy aroma with some brapefruit and piney notes. Malt is prominent with some caramel and dried fruit. Perhaps I let it warm to long, but the aroma seemed just a little too subtle, even in the snifter. Dark, amber brown in color with a thin, but lasting head. Sweet caramel, bready flavor with some raisins and molasses and a light pine hop bitterness in the sweet, malty finish. Full bodied and creamy with soft carbination. Shows potential, just needs a little more umph compared to some other barleywines. It was my favorite (suprise) beer of the six I tried.