dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2009
Thanks to SoLan for hooking up a growler of this. Brownish red pour. Big sweet caramel malt, smoked malt and hop aroma. Huge caramel malt, maple syrup, toffee and spicy hop taste. Really nice. MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 4, 2009
[Tap] at the brewpub. Pours a hazy coppery red hue with a finger of beige head. Aroma is really powerful with caramel malts, some floral and noble hops, a touch of brown sugar, and a slightly metallic yeast note. It smelled a lot like old horizontal, but a lot more well rounded. Flavor matched the aroma well, with a medium mouthfeel and very smooth on the finish. Really a great barleywine. DalzAle (2038) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Pint poured from a growler I picked up earlier tonight. Pours hazy orange/brown with minimal carbonation. Aroma was mellow malt, some brown sugar sweetness. Flavor was very malty, velvety rich and sweet maple that warmed nicely on the palate. A big fan of this one, wish this was a regular offering. Skyview (6093) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2009
On draught during Winterfest 2009 in St Paul, MN. Pours a hazy dark copper brew with a thick off-white head that quickly dissipates to a film top. Aroma of caramel malt, raisins, some brown sugar, a touch of toffee and some prunes. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of toffee, brown sugar a hint of raisin, and some vanilla. Finish is semi-sweet with a distinct alcohol metallic bite in the end. Strong overall and would like to try this with a few years of aging. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Murky brown color with a cream colored head leaving no lacing in the glass. Caramel, plum, and other dark fruits make up the aroma, I also smell brown sugar and molasses. The hops are present but definately playing second fiddle. Plum and raison flavors at the forefront with brown sugar in there as well. Same case here in the taste, as expected, malt over hops, only a small amount of pine like flavors perceived which helps to balance it out. Full bodied, thick and heavy, and small amount of carbonation, pretty nice mouthfeel. Pretty good on occasion but I probably wouldn’t have it very often.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2007
The head is fine, but falsl into a thin head. Dark brown in color. Lacing is present the more I drink.
Smell is very mellow hops with sweet fruity, but mellow flavors that have a slight licorice smell at first.
Taste is very hoppy and very sweet, not fruity, ubt very sweet. Dark fruit undertones with slight coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is excellent, notcreamy smooth, but very nice on the palate.
Drinkablility is wonderfull, but I drank too much and lost my taste after a while, but it was very nice. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pours a deep clear copper, topped by under half an inch of tan suds. This dies back in short order. Good lacing. Thick sweet malty aroma.
Very sweet flavor, tons of thick caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Hops? I can’t taste ’em. But there is a suggestion of balance somewhere. I think. Alcohol and leather in the finish. Full body, light carbonation. A great big boozer.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Not a big barley wine fan in general, but this was quite drinkable for me. As expected, quite sweet, but not overally so, as that is what usally sours me away from these. Not bad. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Sampled draught (barrel-aged version)at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis, October 7 2006. Just a bit of retained head floating atop the dirty dark caramel body, nice lacing.....very sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel and vanilla, plummy notes and pungent herbs show up with some warmth, alcohol moderately evident....on the tongue, hugely sweet, smooth and very bourbon-like in texture though not so much in flavor, which is dominated by a lovely creme brulee character with French vanilla touches....earthy, dry Englishy hops much in evidence though well muted throughout, the mouthfeel is soft and vapory and a touch of anise at the absolute finish makes up for a light wateriness that starts to show up....absolutely delightful. JK (6254) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2006
My last of the night at the 2006 ABR. This is very good. Not heavily hopped but on the sweet side. Honey, fermending fruit, and oak are in the flavor. Heavy on the palate. Low carbonation; actually almost still. This is a complex beer and its qualities hide any alcohol aroma or flavor. One of Town Hall’s best.