robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown Coloring. Creamy Head. Malt. Caramel. Wood. Nutty. Not typical of barley wines having sampled a few in succession.
DocLock (8534) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours burgundy with a nice head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, spice, toffee, and malt. Tastes malty, fruity, with nice sweetness. Finishes hoppy, fruity, with more cabernet. Very complex, with well hidden alcohol.
badgerben (4614) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown/ruby red with a nice creamy head that lasts to the last drop. Aroma has some maltness and caramel. The taste was more caramel, malt, wood, whisky, nuts... beautiful. It was so creamy and nicely thick. I agree with SeamusNeko in that it didn’t really strike me as a barley wine, not really an old ale, but just in between. The alcohol was very well hidden. I shall be enjoying this more often!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tawny brown color, with reddish tinges, adorned with a large, thick, creamy, beige head. Aroma is a delight, roasty, fruity, sweet and candyish, with a touch of caramel. Bold match of dark fruit and cognac-y alcoholic feel. Dazzling appearance on the palate, hoppy, rich, rugged, with an indefatigable flavor, that slowly quits the palate. Damned tasty. Very nice barleywine, not a mind-blower, but it does the trick well enough.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2008 Bottle pours a deep dark almost black color with red highlights with very little head and lace. The aroma is quite fruity, almost wine like, some hop bite, and very inviting. The flavor starts out sweet and fruity, morphs into a dried fruit show, and has a lingering bitterness and an ale sour fruit show in the end. The palate is not bad, almost above average. The alcohol is well hidden. I am very surprised I like this so much. This is really good and I will age the other five.
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 (2608) - 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 (4973) - 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!