hellomynameis (877) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Cloudy almost brown colour with almost no head. Simple roasted aroma. Mostly sweet taste with a roasted sour end. piscator34 (2673) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 9, 2004
Dark amber in colour with a full and lasting head. Lots of yeast floaties, even though I was quite carefull in pouring this one. Sweet malty aromas with a bit of resiny hop. Fruity flavors (figs, raisins, baked apples) combined with some woody/tannin notes. Perhaps a bit of brown sugar in there too. Sweet but not cloying. It also has a very rich mouthfeel. It creates a slight warming sensation, but not much of an apparent alcohol punch. I was stunned to find out this had an AVB over 10%. Very nice indeed. obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 8, 2004
Cloudy ruby like amber wiht minimal chocolate head. Roasted nose of carmel and belgian yeast induced fruit. Rich on the palate with sweetness throughout and a lingering roasted sugar finish. Madiera, and port come to mind with nice sour cherry quality and light spice. The alcohol is present though not distracting. Nice beer! FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Pours a deep amber color that is quite clear but quite dark, almost approaching a deep night color. The head is creamy and a light brown color. The aroma is quite strong, with notes of alcohol, sherry, and a thick chewy maltiness. The taste is lightly sweet, and oh-so-smooth up front. It quickly moves to notes of sherry that is typical of an aged beer. This beer is pretty tasty, though there is a bit of harshness in the finish that seems to be contributed from some higher alcohols. shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Tried this side by side with Rogue Old Crustacean. The Lake Superior easily come out on top. Pour was a deep brown with a thin creamy head. Smell was sweet alcohol, very similar to the Old Crustacean. The difference was in the flavor. While both had similar mouthfeels, the Winter Warmer tasted nutty and sweet with hints of figs and raisens along side the warming alcohol. A sipping beer to be sure, but quite tastey. Far better than expected.
5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Bottle pours an extremely dark brown, almost black, nice frothy tannish head, superb lacing, with I have no idea cuz its too dark carbonation. Sweet malty/grainy aroma, slight hops as well. A very warming malty flavor on first sip. Sweet, but on the grainy side. Average body and mouthfeel. Finishes with a slightly sweet/buttery grainy sorta flavor. Not bad, but nothing I would seek out again. Thanks goes out to footbalm for the trade! Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2004
This brew pours with a dark amber brown body topped by a thin head with some lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and full of brown sugar with a touch of caramel and a little alcohol. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a touch of brown sugar and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and smooth. DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 2, 2004
(12 oz bottle: ScottVacula’s Barleywine Party ’04) Sampled toward the end of the night, so my notes are getting a bit skimpy; Malty, sweet, fairly strong flavor overall, but slightly sour for some interesting balance; The palate is full bodied, sweet and sticky; Malty nose like wort; Light brown color, slightly cloudy; Tan head is bubbly SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Bottle (Thanks to BadgerBen for this contribution to our So.Cal. BarleyWine fest.) Poured dark garnet color with a thin rim of bubbles and some lacing. Aroma of molasses, hops and brown sugar, alcohol, sour apple and spice. Nice sweet, malty rich flavor, spicy with astringent and balancing hops. Smooth, full body, little carbonation. Nice surprise from Minnesota. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2004
12 oz bottle. Very dark -- ruby-walnut...smallish lasting head; clear. Light sweet cherry-caramel alcohol nose. Thick, fruity-sticky mouthfeel, fairly assertive in the hop department throughout, somewhat syrupy; alcohol dominates the finish, rather dry and vodka-like. Not bad, fairly tasty I guess, but quite average for a barley wine.