sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by nolankowal: Deep red in color with a white head. Aroma, caramel and brown sugar, some pine, and earthy notes, vanilla as well. Flavor, some chocolate, earthy hops, molasses, caramel. A nice warming, and a decent bitterness to it. Pretty solid.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from Footbalm. Holy bejesus, what a great beer. Pour is a super dark amber, almost brown color. nice fluffy white head. Tons of lacing on my glass. The aroma is malt, but unlike others I detect a lot of piney hops. Subdued for sure, but they are there. This is one full bodied beer. It will certainly benefit from some aging as there is a lot of alcohol burn. But, still a very very good barley wine. This is a good warm up for the Toronado Barley Wine Festival this weekend. Perfect ale for a rainy 65 degree San Diego Night.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from footbalm! - Thanks Eric! - Pours dark mahogony with a short offwhite head. Aromas of port, vinous characteristics, and some caramel behind it all. Flavors of caramel, toffee, lots of vinous flavor as well and some brief hops on the finish. Palate is smooth, full bodied and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is very well covered. Pretty well balanced and easy drinking..
hopscotch (10142) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Dark, clear mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fruity, vinous nose with lots of dates and port. Dark fruit flavor with adequate bitterness. A touch boozy. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. Pleasantly bitter, grassy finish.
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 (1664) - 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 (2073) - 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.