mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle of batch 2 shared by atom. Cola brown in color with no visible head. Caramely sweet aroma. Slight whiskey character. Taste nice. Lots of toffee and caramel, slight vanilla, and a little bit of heat on the finish. The rye is subtle. I can dig this, but I like before the dawn much better.
j12601 (7386) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Campground Brewdown 2014. Pours a hazed ruby amber with a thin to medium sized white to tan head. Big prune and plum aromas, malt and big alcohol. Sweet and sticky malt, chewy caramel. Long bitterness, caramel. Big, sticky, and boozy.
Benzai (9575) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle [from trade with mista] @ home. Opaque brownish color, light brown head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, huge whiskey, firm but suitable vanilla, slightly alcoholic and pretty bitter. Wow, intens but very very good! Taste malts, whiskey, lightly alcohol, slightly sweet-bitter initially, whiskey bitter with some vanilla sweetness thereafter and wood. Fantastic flavor, great mouthfeel, a bit sticky texture. Oh yes I love this beer! Superb!
thomashall (214) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours brown caramel color. Strong caramel, toffee, and booze aroma. Taste the same...a little hot with the alcohol but goid finish. Good Barleywine.
hopscotch (9954) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Murky brown pour with no head. The aroma is a collage of caramel, rye whiskey, oak and damp leather. Full-bodied, but a bit watery with lazy carbonation. The flavor is a nicely balanced pairing of caramelized malts and rye whisky. Neither terribly sweet nor overly boozy. Nice, warming, moderately sweet, caramel and toffee finish. Bottle courtesy of Bvery!
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, who knows how old. pour is a murky brown orange mix that looks like a barley wine, nose is heavy on the barrel with good amounts of vanilla that I find enjoyable. After a few years this is still a sweet beer, but its satisfying in its depth and makes for a real treat.
ElGaucho (2277) - 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 (7270) - 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 (2451) - 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 (2098) - 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 (11337) - 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.