5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle:   Very dark, deep brown, burnt brown sugar hues, thin foamy beige head, little lacing.   Huge graham cracker, rye, whiskey, woody nose, with hints of caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, vanilla, and dark chocolate.   On the tongue its equally complex, and smooth too.   Not cloying, not thin, just perfect.   The 14.4% ABV is shockingly easy to drink.   Don’t get me wrong, it is very warming, but its not burning or alcoholic.   Very clean, and very English like in that its on the malty side.   Hops are... well, who cares, this is sweet, malty, with all the whiskey like aromas and flavors that you want in a whiskey barrel aged Barley Wine.   So smooth, so easy to drink, just wonderful.   Big thanks to Skyview for sending this gem my way!   Thanks Bob!!!
ElGaucho (2193) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 courtesy of Mike G. at Falco242’s tasting. Murky dark brown body with an engine oil consistency. Wonderfully rich, complex b-wine that has nearly perfect balance. Considerable hops but by no means a hop bomb. Somehow this one had not yet reached my radar and was probably the king of the tasting among an incredible lineup. Another world class offering from Steel Toe.
Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured deep burgundy with a smoked, darker golden head. The aroma picked up rich darker fruits, aged caramel, molasses, and a hefty dose of peppery rye whiskey.. quite a bit of booze was evident, but no more than the ABV suggested.. toasty oak rounded it out nicely. The flavor was anchored by warm, aged caramel and molasses.. peppery rye whiskey and related alcohol heat laced throughout.. oak and vanilla on the back-end.. a tad hotter than I wanted, but solid. Heavy-bodied with low-moderate carbonation.. spicy and aggressive, with a bit too much kick.
northropfrye (2163) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Brian. Dark body off white head. Dark fruit and cocoa aroma. Taste is sweet dried fruit a touch of bitterness. Abv well masked. Very smooth. Nice beer.
cards04 (1648) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks so much northropfrye for this. Awesome corn syrup, caramel aromas. Dark brown pour. Flavors are awesome. Sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. A little boozy and hot but man this is good.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 bottle purchased @RBSG-Minni during bus tour stop-enjoyed during a quiet tasting and car ride. Dissipating tan-mahogany. A-spice, med fruit, caramel-med malt. T-rye/wood/spice, med/dk fruit-cherry, molasses/caramel-med malt.
Jesterdeal (1814) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle generously shared by Dave. Aroma is fresh peanut brittle, toffee, light belgian chocolate and rye. Pours hazel brown with very light lacing. Taste is sweet with caramel, toffee, biscuit, rye whiskey, and nuts. Not a lot of hop characteristic, just nutty sweet delicious malts. Very yummy and easy to drink. Did NOT taste 14%.
Stine (1490) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Year aged bottle. It has the perfect, opaque chestnut hue, belying its age and depth. Tobacco, templeton, figs and raisins in the aroma. Total malt hedonism.
Flavor brims luxuriously with velvety, polished malt flavor. The touch of barrel is soft, but assured, and with the gentle heat of the high alcohol this beer becomes a grand, top shelf spirit like experience.
The body is so full as to be port-like, even bordering on cognac or benedictine. A quick hit of drying nuttiness before a long, caressing finish.
dmac (3923) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared by jcwatts on a totally uneventful tasting night, nothing much happened huh John??? Poured a slight muddy brown with a small tight foamy beige head. Aroma is sweet, notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, dry vanilla candy, some oak, and booze. Syrupy body that is big and bold with softer carbonation, heat and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor is the same as the aroma. This is a good beer, but what would one expect it is from Mighty Minnesota.
Ed5388 (1977) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml c&c bottle shared by jcwatts. Thanks John! Pours a clear dark brown color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of booze, thick caramel malts, oak, whiskey, and a sweet fruitiness. Taste of roasted malt, chewy caramels, some dark fruits, oak, and boozy whiskey.
stumpyiliz (213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromaof dry bourbon caramel molasses and sweet dried dates. Pour is similar to root beer. Beige head that does not linger. Taste is overly sweet and hides much of the beer. Too sweet to be honest. Finish is malty sweet followed by a dry palate on the side.