MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Golden brown pour thick laced head. Huge hop aroma, citrus, malty carmamels. Oily palate, well coated. Flavor is lightly bitter first w/ a sweet finish of caramel & strawberry touch of odd spice, not quite placed. Tmoney99 (14384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Draft sample at MBGF07. Poured a hazy copper color with an average creamy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good hoppy citrus, malty and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Heavy bittersweet flavor with a long bittersweet alcohol warming finish. This is a solid brew. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2007
On tap:Huge citrus citrus hoppiness with some floral hops and a touch of pine. It’s a cloudy dull dark orange with a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with big citrus noes with very faint caramel. Finishes with a huge pine kick with mild citrus hops. ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2007
MI BG Winter Fest. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized off white head. Aroma is floral hops, bitter hops, grapefruit, orange, pine, caramel malt. Flavor is hhuge hops, floral, bitter, citrus, pine, slight malt backbone. Palate is medium-full, medhium carbonation, sticky, bitter finish. Hop bomb for sure, enjoyable, but needs a touch more malt to balance, IMO. Still really good. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
MBG 06. Bubbly orange, creamy white head. Lots of hops in aroma - nice and strong. Wonderful hop and malt taste - no taste of alcohol at all. A wonderful choice for my last beer of the fest! Well worth the 4pm tap time!
blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
Draught at 2006 MBG Summer Festival. Pours a hazy golden-orange with a small white head. Fruity, malty aroma with a nice amount of earthy and floral hops. Sweet flavour of fresh fruit, caramel malt, juicy hops and alcohol. Hides the alcohol very well. Medium bodied. All in all, a pretty good Barley Wine. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2006
Draught sample at MBG 2006 Summer Festival. Slightly hazy orange with a small head. Aroma is fresh, fruity & grassy, with a bit of earthiness. Flavour is nice and big, with strong, juicy hops - citrus & spruce - and sweet caramel malts in behind. Solid and tasty. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Draught. At 2006 Michigan Brewers’ Guild Festival. Hazy bubbly orange with a small white head. Gentle aroma of slightly grassy hops, solid juicy malt, lightly woody, and surprisingly mild alcohol. Very juicy and fresh taste, somewhat sweet malt, citrus zest, a bit of cereal grain, with ever-increasing bitterness and alcohol in the quite bitter, mildly oaky finish - simple and very enjoyable. Decent body, enough astringency and bitterness to keep it moving toward a balanced, not overwhelming finish - solid bw. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Rerate MiBGF 07: My lasting rating was almost identical to last year except I gave the flavor one additional point. I did not pick up any rye character this year but more peppery. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Michigan BGF 06, day 2: Apricot hued with a small but lasting head. The nose detects a dry-hopped 3C hop character, citric and spicy, earthy yeast, caramel and biscuity malt, a bit vinous. The taste is sweet and fruity with an undertone of rye bready. Moderate alcohol and sherry-like finish, very warming. The mouth feel is smooth and lush. A darn nice brew, very solid, worthy of another.
Last glass at the MI fest! Hazy copper pour. The head is immediately fading, though initially well-sized and off-white. Rather balanced very aromatic nose with plenty of toasted caramel malts coming out both smoky and chocolatey. Generous hop bill, earthy, floral, leafy and woody rather than citric. Good overall balance, staying mostly on the english side, but not vinous. Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. More fruits would be appreciated, but this is a sweet and pleasant dessert beer that doesn,t get cloying.