JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks like a brown ale. Fruit and floral aroma. Flavor starts sweet and end with bitter hops. I am so bored of hops. Good and worth trying.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2004 Dark semi-cloudy ruby/amber with a medium diminishing tan head. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit, cherry, and spice. Medium creamy oily palate with low carbonation. Flavor is somewhat surprising, it is slightly vinous with a sort of apple/cherry/berry to it, similar to what I would expect from a baltic porter. Caramel, raisin, vanilla, molasses and pine are the other dominant flavors with alcohol, spice and pepper in the background. I enjoyed this one. Excellent!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 :) this is a great barley wine from a minnesota brewery. i dare summit to make a barley wine as good as this (well, i guess a barley wine, period). dark brown. nice frothy ring about the rim . sweet, molasses, oak.... then slightly bitter piney hops. leaves a nice flavorful presence in the mouth. mmmmm..
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super gorgeous deep ruby-cherrywood color, medium height watery oatmeal looking tannish head sits awhile, lace in minimal broken strings. Smell has a nice dry hoppy sense, deep, dark, piney, leafy hops, malts lay a nice roasty backing with touches of citrus peel sweetness and ethanol which really makes itself present as it warms. Taste is more sweeter then hoppy, darn it anyway, still pretty good though. Sweetness is twingey, somewhat roasty, some light citrus peels and sourness that sneaks in and out with notes of hop bitterness and little piney burps. Finish is a weird one with strange malty sweetness like that of grape skins and a bit of spicy things mixing with a dry easy hoppy finish. Took some getting use to, but is pretty nice overall, not all that complex, was hoping for a darker, earthier ale. Feel is close to full and smooth, a notch oily at first, carbonation stays kinda zippy and has a few raw areas, finishes with a sweet dryness. A good, but a little strange example of the style that grew on me more and more each sip. One of the better brews by Lk. Sup. Brewing Co. I'm incredibly curious to see if I can find this on-tap somewhere. Their brews always seem better and more drinkable from the tap, ie, Mesabi Red & Sir Duluth.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apperance is mildly flat, with a few nice looking laces on the side. Smells of sweet raisin and apple. A deep purple/black appearance. Very thick. Tastes very strong, with a great sweetness and fruit flavors. Strong alcohol bite in this one. It's quite good and a very bold beer.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice brown/red color,small head that faded quite quickly.Malty sweet aroma with a nice fruit presence mild alcohol and hops.The flavor comes off a bit strong and slightly over powering.malty and sweet with a generous amount of hops and fruit,slight caramel and spicy bite to it,with the after taste being mildly bitter sweet and alcoholic with a syrupy feel to it.This is definately a brew that needs some ageing just as some of the other RBer's have said.Overall it's good but will be better with a little more time.
Indra (2532) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jan. 2003 vintage. Piney, spicy, citrusy hop aroma, along with fiery, medicinal alcohol, toffeeish malt sweetness, apple butter, brown sugar and dark fruitiness. Deep, dark mahogany shade, semi-opaque, with a fine ring of off-white bubbles. Appropriately massive flavors to be found here, with a blend of sweet, sticky malt, dark bread, some faint chocolate, vinous and berryish fruitiness, a very noticeable piney, spicy hop presence and finishing bittersweet with a tinge of mustiness and alcohol. Winey, chewy mouthfeel and full-bodied with fair complexity. This particular batch would likely benefit from another year or so of cellaring but is enjoyable, particularly between cellar and room temperature. Very bold character. Thanks to davesarman for the opportunity to partake of this rare Barleywine.
PorterPounder (4945) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rivals Bigfoot in my opinion. Has a fresh hoppy aroma with some malty undertones. Thick murky brown appearance with an eggnog colored head with very good lacing. Thick mouthfeel - coates your mouth. Flavor - clean hoppy character with some underlying maltiness - would make a good winter companion in a northern cabin in the winter.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - FEB 11, 2003
1.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Nice looking with a deep ruby color. Smells allright, but flavor, sheesh. I'm having trouble here. Astringentcy from an unknown source. Harsh liquorice and coconut flavors dominate, with a sour apple finish. A drain pour.
Nuffield (3542) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An interesting beer, though not a superior beer, pardon the pun. Pours a thin head, not too quickly dissipated, with a ring long remaining. The dark brown color, with distinctly reddish hues at the edges or in strong light, surprised me for a barleywine, though I guess that is the winter warmer element. The aroma was strong and pleasant, being roundly English strong ale/Barleywine in nature, with caramel, raisins, alcohol...and coconut? Unfortunately, I liked the flavor the best when it was colder than a barleywine should have been (from the refrigerator), after which it turned more sharply acidic, alcoholic, and a bit too sticky (though not overly so on that last account). Notable bitterness. Decent palate--a bit flat but as expected for a beer of this strength. Overall, it is competently brewed and an enjoyable sleeper from a low-profile brewer.