johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from MeadMe, thanks again, shared with the TC crew.
black with an off white head, dark sugary with lots of hop and a ton of ethanol, hints of vanilla and oak. A bit boozy but nice sipper.
tom10101 (1819) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2013 Bottle (750 ml). Traded by SourNotes, thanks! Dark brown with a small quickly disappearing brown head. Aroma of coconut, bourbon, vanilla, sweetness, ashes... harsh and boozy. Taste is moderately to heavy sweet with bourbon, vanilla, wood, alcohol, ashes, roasted malt and slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is dry. Burning alcohol. Big deception here. Not as complex as I thought it would be... harsh and boozy... doesn’t get together very well. Sipper... but not my favorite one.
ryanfolty (1674) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
June 29, 2012 bottle from the brewery. Dark brown pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was whiskey, spice and maybe some smoke. Taste was whiskey, roasted malt, dark fruit and some spice. Medium to full bodied and very smooth.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled shared at LOL tasting, thanks to bnielsen (i think?) Wow, I have wanted to try this for a long time. Poured a dark brown with very little head. Lots of whiskey on the nose, some malt and a hint of wood! Flavor matched pretty much right on. This is a damn fine beer. I think I favor Lunker a bit, but this is a really damn good beer. Steel Toe barrel-aged beers rock.
jcnielsen (1312) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanks to bnielsen13 for sharing. Pours a black color with light tan head. Dark malt, roasted, bourbon aroma. Roasted, coconut, chocolate malt flavor. One of the best beers so far at Brad Fest 2012.
Minderbinder (1287) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark brown with almost no head (beige). Aroma is of roasted malt, strong alcohol (could not say whiskey), caramel, sweetness, coffee. Taste: Malt, strong alcohol (warming), roasted malt, booze. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Hard to drink. Sligth bitter finish. Roast is a bit weird. Not as good as expected, but still pretty decent BW.
Ed5388 (1235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml c&c bottle shared by d-man! Thanks dmac! Fuck I was drunk at this point of the night, but this is what I remember (and I recall this being one of the best of the night). Poured black with ruby red highlights. Thin foamy dark tan head. Aroma of booze, caramel, chocolate, whiskey, vanilla, and oak. Taste was really boozy up front, but finished with roasted malt, toffee, light coffee notes, and chocolate.
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off I’m not sure how this is a barley wine, it screams barrel aged Imperial Stout. Non the less, bottle pours dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, heavy licorice, and chocolate. Taste similar to aroma, very smooth with subdued alcohol, finishing with a earthy bitter rye spice. Overall very nice and easy drinking regardless if this is a barley wine or imperial stout.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] shared by Caleb. Thanks! Pours clear black with a small, tan head. Aroma is boozy, some light soy, light caramel, a touch of dark fruit like dates and figs, and surprisingly light barrel presence. The flavor is thinnish, hot, smooth, lightly sweet, a bit of soy and dark malts, but followed up by a lot of booze.
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Bacterial (838) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled shared at Mpls LOL tasting. Those was excellent. Dark brown pour with just a bit of head. Whiskey, wood and malt in the smell and again in the taste. Jason at Steel Toe sure knows his barrel Kung-fu!