detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown with decent head and scant lacing. Sweet caramel malt in the aroma.
Very sweet beer with a nice combination of flavors - caramel, strong organic vanilla, raisin, and a mild spicy hop bitterness. A smooth, thick alcohol presence in the finish dominates the aftertaste.
Stine (1463) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This milk chocolate colored brew gives off a candyish aroma like gumdrops with some caramel, toffee. Tastes like a turtle candy from a bottle. Nary a drop of bitterness. Subtle, not overly dense, which I like in a barleywine.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a dark cola like color, with a minimal tannish white head. Light banana notes along with a nutty almost tofee like smell. The alcohol is very subtle and continues on that way in the flavor. Great malty backbone with very little hops to speak of. The nice nuttiness appears with a little alcohol burn towards the end. Hands down the best Lake Superior beer I have had, and a nice change of pace from most hop-bomb barleywines.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown color with a creamy head that quickly dissapates. Much fruit is present in the initial noise and lingers on the pallate with a clean finish. Very light on hops.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky brown river water looking brew. If you held a Trappist up next to this in a blind test it would be very hard to tell them apart. This is far away from most BW’s as this is loaded with Massive dark fruitiness and some spice.ZERO hops which isn’t what you might think you should detect in a BW.Some toffee.Flavor is a little raw and these need some cellaring.
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle Thanks to My Santa. Dark in color with not a huge head. Aromas were wonderful toffee and molassas. Flavors of roastiness and more molassas. Chocolate notes too. not a lot of hop on the finish. Very tasty stuff.
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really nice treat to enjoy in the cold weather. The appearance is dark with almost nonexistent head and no lace. Taste is chocolate and toffee, with a hint of butterscotch. Yummy!
auerbrau (3146) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 This beer pours a wonderful opalescent ruddy brown, with orange and irovy fringes. Almost no head. From a distance, I’m getting strong wafts of banana. Closer up, the aroma morphs into a raisin and brandy concoction, with sherry, strong vinous notes, and more banana. Unfortunately, the aroma is a little reserved. Flavor is a strong cream, cherries and brandy, with an almost pithy dry fruit soapy bitterness, that lingers from the hops which almost come out of nowhere at the backend of the profile. Mostly a profusion of fruit, that is sustained, balanced by dry and grassy hop notes in the background. The malt character and profile seems to seep into the shadows. An interesting panacea of ills, with a strong fruit presence, that remains somewhat muddled. The palate is smooth, creamy and yet bright; the hop dryness not making an appearance until the smack and finish. I do appreciate the way that hops play a role in this beer. Alcohol doesn’t hurt nor help this beer. Missing a little depth and complexity.
2005. 12oz Bottle. Five years later, a different place, a different time, a different life. I’m actually surprised with how well this beer (and myself) have held up. The oxidation is noticeable, but not off-putting, and had it gone on too much longer, would have ruined this beer entirely. The caramels, graham cracker, and browned sugar syrup have really melded together. It’s lightly sweet, somewhat flat, very soft, and warming, as it should be. This is a decent example of a well-aged Barleywine, I think. Something to enjoy in preparation for a brief trip home.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hey_kevin gave this one to me about a month ago, thanks Kevin.
a very nice surprise of a BW. pours a deep dark brown with a rich foamy tan head which fades to a velvety ring of lace. aroma of caramel & molasses. slightly sticky on the lips and is medium to almost full bodied. flavor is of the caramel, some molasses, fig newtons & raisins with some hop bitterness on the tail end. BW lovers need to give this one a try!
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
06.07.05 12oz bottle, trade, thanks to footbalm. Clouded maple pour under thin tan head. Unusual aroma of caramelized banana, orange marmalade, brown sugar, spiced rum, and something along the lines of a honey-lemon cough drop. Weird, but good. Flavor is less complex but equally good with plenty of dark toffee, nougat, some milk chocolate, and all offset by an intriguing heat from bitter hops and biting alcohol. Underlying notes of roasty nuts and mild coffee. Could certainly improve with age to mellow out the rather sharp finish. A treat, and a nice surprise. Thanks Eric!