Schaeppi (3) - - JAN 5, 2013 does not count
Pours dark and smooth into snifter with perfect amount of head. Main aroma is scent of dark chocolate with faint dark berry. Tastes creamy to the mouth, smooth immediate aftertaste, with delayed mild notes of chocolate and coffee. Great beer stand alone and great with a burger or hearty winter meal. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Thanks to Nexxus for this one. Pours burgundy with a nice head. Aroma of malt, cabernet, spice, toffee, and malt. Tastes malty, fruity, with nice sweetness. Finishes hoppy, fruity, with more cabernet. Very complex, with well hidden alcohol. BeerKurve (520) - - JAN 19, 2014
Black which turns into a dark crimson when held up to a light. Aroma of licorice, caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Rather smoky upfront with licorice, chocolate, oak, hops, chocolate and roasted barley; Very chocolatey/roasty finish. Light weight body and carbonation. Very smooth tasting! badgerben (5177) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Pours a beautiful dark brown/ruby red with a nice creamy head that lasts to the last drop. Aroma has some maltness and caramel. The taste was more caramel, malt, wood, whisky, nuts... beautiful. It was so creamy and nicely thick. I agree with SeamusNeko in that it didn’t really strike me as a barley wine, not really an old ale, but just in between. The alcohol was very well hidden. I shall be enjoying this more often! detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a deep brown with decent head and scant lacing. Sweet caramel malt in the aroma.
Very sweet beer with a nice combination of flavors - caramel, strong organic vanilla, raisin, and a mild spicy hop bitterness. A smooth, thick alcohol presence in the finish dominates the aftertaste.
PorterPounder (7965) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
Rivals Bigfoot in my opinion. Has a fresh hoppy aroma with some malty undertones. Thick murky brown appearance with an eggnog colored head with very good lacing. Thick mouthfeel - coates your mouth. Flavor - clean hoppy character with some underlying maltiness - would make a good winter companion in a northern cabin in the winter. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2003
The beer as it sets in my glass an obscured deep brown color with a semi-creamy light tan head that is behemothic in size as it sluggishly disperses, the lace forms a tight sheet to seal the glass from sight. Sweet malt with an unmistakable hint of alcohol, ripe bananas and slight bourbon like tone also noticed, a “Hoot” to sniff. The start is rich in malt, sweet and pleasantly full in feel to the palate. Finish has a median acidity, the hops personable in their bite with a somewhat dry aftertaste. The big 10.3 percent ABV, definitely warms the innards, and a quite tasty brew tis true, been a long while since I’ve had anything from this great Midwest brewery. DarkElf (3062) - 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 fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
12 oz. bottle Thanks to My Santa. Dark in color with not a huge head. Aromas were wonderful toffee and molassas. Flavors of roastiness and more molassas. Chocolate notes too. not a lot of hop on the finish. Very tasty stuff. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Wonderful robust aroma of malt. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Lots of flavor; sweet up front with a bitterness followed by alcohol at the end. Nice lasting finish, too. The best beer I’ve had from Minnesota, eh!