RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
A big beer, inspired by the "mighty" Paul Jackson (the brewery's resident "anything you need me to do" guy). The "Herc" is Big! Big in body, big in flavor, big in finish, and truly is the "Heavy Support" in the Flying Bison Hangar.

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Viper666 (6034) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2008
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Blankboy. De couleur cuivrée rouge et légèrement voilée. Nez de caramel sucré, moyen de houblon herbeux, léger d’alcool avec des notes de noix et de fruits (dates). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement crémeuse et huileuse. Goût moyennement amer de houblon herbeux (herbe mouillée, présent toute la gorgée) accompagné d’un moyen goût de levures fruitées (notes de dates, traces de cerises et de pommes) ainsi que des traces de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel légèrement rôti (notes de toffee sucré) et moyen de biscuits parallèlement à un goût d’alcool réchauffant plutôt élevé jusqu’en finale, où l’on retrouve également un regain d’amertume de houblon légèrement plud herbeux aux notes terreuses et citriques ainsi que des petites notes asséchantes de noix. Post-goût long et un peu sec, moyennement amer d’alcool et de houblon herbeux, moyen de rôti et avec des notes fruitées (pelures de pommes) et des traces de noix.

zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
On tap at Kelly’s in Pittsburgh. Hazy orange caramel, off white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, toffee, slight hops. Flavor is caramel, grass, hops, chewy toffee & vanilla.

kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: The Herc C-130 Strong Ale
Date: March 12, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear amber, frothy off white head, drops of lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with light alcohol
Flavor: nice fruity malt flavor, well balanced with mellowed hop flavor, good caramel sweetness that gets a bit sticky after a while

Name: The Herc C-130 Strong Ale
Date: October 12, 2008
Mode: bottle
Source: trade
Score: 3.5 to 3.4
Appearance: hazy dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with lots of earthyness, brown sugar sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, sweet fruityness is well balanced with earthyness, only a hint of the caramel sweetness
Overall: much drier than the previous sample

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Big offering from Buffalo’s only Brewery. Caramel malts, Hop bitterness, citrus. One of the better brews I’ve had from them.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
2006 bottle sampled on 3/12/07 courtesy of Rudolf: Pours a transparent bright copper with a frothy, nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresher piny hops with some light caramel malt. Body starts with a nice, caramel malty sweetness and good fresh hoppy balance toward a crisp, bittersweet finish. A pretty good American strong ale.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Hmm. I thought the bottle I had (2006) said barleywine on it and I was going to say the body was light for a BW but here everything says strong ale. It must have been a long night for me. Poured a clear amber color with a medium sized off-white head. Semi-sweet malt aroma appeared to be on the light side. The flavor was semi-sweet with notes of caramel an d fruity esters. Medium bodied. Some decent taste but nothing truly jumps out.

beastiefan2k (4073) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Draft-Mugs-Split Thy Skull-4 oz snifter. Excited to try but aroma was all weird off the bat. Smelled like cooked cabbage with a cherry/sherry alcoholic taste underneath that. Taste is nice enough with warming alcohol, some hop (grassy and sharp) bitterness. Color is dark copper with a lot of translucence, medium bitterness, and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Something is seriuosly off in the aroma.

gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
12 oz bottle at Coles Barleywine Festival. Crisp and light, clear amber, light head, seemed a bit young compared to the other barleys we were sampling. Hoppy with a nice flavor to it though, would benefit from being forgotten in the basement for a year.

BINGEBOT (240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
Goldy red colour. Light citrus in smell. No head. Spicy taste, very unique for this type of beer.

shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2007
On tap. Maybe this was a bit flat at the bar. This thin amber-brown ale smelled fresh and a bit citrussy, but it’s sole source of flavour came from sugar and alcohol. A bit of a cheesy aftertaste.

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