MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep peach-ruby. Candy fruit, peach, brandy, toffee. Bit oversweet, mango spicy, dry, very fruit-candy.
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown color with a light brown head. A full rich dark fruit body. The aroma has dates, banana, grapes, caramel, and alcohol. A tangy viney hit on the palate and flavor, particularly at the finish. It does not have a rounded smooth caramel and dark fruit edge, or maybe it needs to age more. A fine brew from an unexpected brewery.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer as it sets in my glass an obscured deep brown color with a semi-creamy light tan head that is behemothic in size as it sluggishly disperses, the lace forms a tight sheet to seal the glass from sight. Sweet malt with an unmistakable hint of alcohol, ripe bananas and slight bourbon like tone also noticed, a “Hoot” to sniff. The start is rich in malt, sweet and pleasantly full in feel to the palate. Finish has a median acidity, the hops personable in their bite with a somewhat dry aftertaste. The big 10.3 percent ABV, definitely warms the innards, and a quite tasty brew tis true, been a long while since I’ve had anything from this great Midwest brewery.
JK (4284) - St. Louis Park, 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 (2570) - 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.