Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2016
Minnesota Trip Beer #150. Keg at the brewpub, 5/11/16. Jackl and I waited around for them to tap this and it was worth it! Clear dark red, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of soy, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, molasses, strawberry, raisin. The taste is chocolate, toffee, raisin, vanilla, caramel, molasses. Full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol well hidden. BeerandBlues2 (13822) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Draught. Pours opaque dark brown with a small, frothy beige head, short retention. Aroma is moderate caramel and bready malt with complex Brandy, Port and Sherry notes, dark fruits. Flavor is moderate dark fruits, Sherry, Port, Brandy and bready, caramel malt with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Sample at Great Taste of the Midwest on 08/09/2014: Murky reddish-brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually to a film. Patchy lacing. Aroma of berries, caramel malt and yeast. Full-bodied and syrupy with flavors of dark fruit, molasses, earthy yeast and caramel. The finish is sweet with a rich malt and fruit aftertaste. Really good all around. BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Sampled at Winterfest. Deep amber - brown pour. Sweet caramel and candi sugar. A bit boozy but I like that. Great brew! jackl (8423) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 11, 2016
Keg @ Barley John’s. Deep reddish Amber pour with a fairly effervescent head. Nose is is pretty rich. Caramelized prune. Toasted grain and dark chocolate. Candy sugar. Chocolate. Flavor is rich and chewy. Nice fruity accents. Prune, raisin, plum. Earthy grain. Singed grass. Mild glowing heat on the finish. Delicate and nuanced. Great stuff.
badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2010
I had no idea this was coming back on tap. Kinda curious if this is the very original batch or a new brewing of. On the other hand, I don’t give a rip. It’s glorious either way. Deep brown, ruby color. Aroma of caramel and molasses. Slightly vinous. Outrageous flavors. Raisins, dates, figs, dark cherries. After a little warming, turns more like port. Grapey and vinous. Notes of candied orange peel and marmalade. Good lord this is nectar in a glass. The only downside was a rather light aroma, even after half the completely filled wine glass was drank. I could die on this beer. northropfrye (3693) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Sweet raisin aroma, a bit of boozy nose. Yeast, malts. Appearance of prune juice. Maybe a touch on the sweet side for my tastes. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Draft at the source during rbsg. Wow, awesome beer. Dark fermented fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Alcohol is totally hidden. Great! Bacterial (3051) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
On draft at Barley Johns - man this is a treat! Dark amber pour with a red hue to it. Off white head, thin. Not much in the nose - some malt. Might be because a little sick and the smell of barley is thick in the air since they are brewing right now. The taste though, hits hard and is unrelenting in its awesomeness. Malty sweet with the heat nicely hidden. Glad I stopped in, apparently only 5 gallons available on draft and the rest is getting aged! islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2014
5 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub. Consumed on 6-10-14. Listed as "Rosies Old Ale" but with the same ABV as "Rosies Ale" here. Pours a medium to dark brown, even maroonish color with a small amount of beige head. Opaque liquid. Strong aroma of raspberry, plum, and liqueur. Super sweet flavor features coffee, mocha, molasses, and raisin elements. It is so sweet that it is btter, if that makes any sense. Dry and tangy at the same time. Full, heavy body yet soft and surprisingly lively in the palate. Could it be a bit too sweet? Regardless, it is a wonderful beer that drinks more like a great port, ice wine, or cordial. I do prefer the barrel aged version that I had a few years ago, but that statement is a tribute to the overwhelming greatness of the barrel aged version rather than a criticism of the standard. It’s a great sipper. Normally I am put off by excessive sweetness and imbalance in favor of maltiness in my beers, but this beer goes so far into sweet maltiness that I come around full circle to loving it, and I should emphasize that it does indeed have prominent dry, bitter, and tangy (i.e., non-sweet) notes. I wish I had taken more notes, because this is certainly a beer for contemplation and the written words that emerge from that process, but , alas, I was distracted by enjoying the moment of good conversation and great beer. Kudos to Barley John’s for years brewing this world class, very strong, unquestionably outstanding beer and its variants.