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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (3278) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2008
Bouteille 12oz, courtoisie de Blankboy. De couleur cuivre rouge et lgrement voile. Nez de caramel sucr, moyen de houblon herbeux, lger dalcool avec des notes de noix et de fruits (dates). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un ptillement moyen et une texture moyennement crmeuse et huileuse. Got moyennement amer de houblon herbeux (herbe mouille, prsent toute la gorge) accompagn dun moyen got de levures fruites (notes de dates, traces de cerises et de pommes) ainsi que des traces de vanille lors de lentre en bouche auquel se rajoute un got malt de caramel lgrement rti (notes de toffee sucr) et moyen de biscuits paralllement un got dalcool rchauffant plutt lev jusquen finale, o lon retrouve galement un regain damertume de houblon lgrement plud herbeux aux notes terreuses et citriques ainsi que des petites notes asschantes de noix. Post-got long et un peu sec, moyennement amer dalcool et de houblon herbeux, moyen de rti et avec des notes fruites (pelures de pommes) et des traces de noix.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
On tap at Kellys in Pittsburgh. Hazy orange caramel, off white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, toffee, slight hops. Flavor is caramel, grass, hops, chewy toffee & vanilla.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10883) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo, NY. Big offering from Buffalos only Brewery. Caramel malts, Hop bitterness, citrus. One of the better brews Ive had from them.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beastiefan2k (3745) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gwpom (297) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
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 its sole source of flavour came from sugar and alcohol. A bit of a cheesy aftertaste.


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