Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a four-pack at Steve’s Liquor & More in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy copper/reddish amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, some apple, toffee with some dark pitted fruits. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of raisined brown sugar, a hint of oak, and caramel. Finish is semi-sweet, some metallic alcohol and a mild bitterness. I’d aged this one a little bit.
hopdog (11579) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with NobleSquirrel (thanks!). Poured a medium and slightly hazy amberish/brownish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, toasty, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, toffee, citrus, dark fruits, woody, and sherry. Syrupy body. Alcohol burn in the finish.
badgerben (4886) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 Original Rating, Feb 28, 2009: Deep, dark copper/reddish color with no head. Slight apple and sherry notes in the aroma. Heavy, rich malt and grain taste. Some cola and herbal flavors. Rummy. A little oak, but not really vanilla. Brown sugar. Enjoyable now, but it should be a hell of a lot better in the future. 7/4/7/4/16
Re-rating, Feb 28, 2010. Dark red color with a barely there head. Nice aroma of brown sugar, molasses and dark fruits. Strong malt taste, but an immediate metallic twang. Light brown sugar and raisins. Still some hot alcohol notes.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep red with no head at all. Aroma of deark fruit, some hops and alcohol. FFlavor is very agressive, some dark, rum soaked fruits, some citrus, some bitter hops. Some whiskey cherries in there as well. Very boozy, needs to settle down a bit, although I still like it.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is all the great aspects of the Barleywine style, dark fruit tinged malt,some cola, a smidget of hops and a healthy dose of alcohol. Taste is at first that dark fruit laden malt but an aggresive alcohol catches up quickly,dominating even the hops that fight for some attentionThe after taste is smooth alcohol coating,never really gets hot, . Some may say that Dan may have taken to much ice off,but it will certainly tame down a little,absolutely enjoyable ,even now,a lovable winter warmer,not something you’d enjoy on a hot summer day
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle shared by cdumler. Thanks! Pours a clear cranberry red color with lots of carbonation. Thin head. Poor head retention and fair lacing. Aroma is booze, toffee, cherry. Taste is cherries, green apple, toffee, alcohol. Full bodied.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark yet clear amber mahogany copper with a small oft white head. Aroma of pomegranate juice, candied sugar, and ripe dark fruit. Taste of light pomegranate juice, candied sugar, raisins and a touch of syrupy alcohol.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Woodman’s in Kenosha. Pours a dark brown/red with no head. Nose is a ton of caramel and some raisin, booze and prunes. Huge mouthfeel and hides the alcohol very well. Some vanilla and sweetness, but there is a pretty big hop backbone to this, quite better and well balanced. I’m not sure what people were expecting, but this is phenomenal. With some barrel aging, this would be as good or better than Wooden Hell. Great beer.
CanIHave4Beers (4024) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep red color with a moderate head that fades into a swirl on top of the beer. Kind of a boozy smell some good brandy, some good caramel sweetness, and a mild floral character. The flavor is slightly hot, but not unforgivable. Some notes of cherry, brandy some mild hops balancing a large cordial like sweetness. The palate is very full and very luxurious.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
By far the best New Glarus beer I’ve had- part of it could be my search for the greatest barleywines around. Out of the bottle and into the glass, it pours this sexy clear mahogany colour with no head. Initially there is a noticeable froth but it quickly leaves. nothing but straight up 3-D glasses reddish coloured pour. It looks too good to be true like a big jello shot or something. The nose is intense. There is some noticeable sherry, flowers, hops, lots of alcohol wood aromas. Taste is a lot of dark fruits, alcohol again with raisin, and a chewy and oaky texture like finish. Amazing!