The "Herc" C-130 Strong Ale | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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The "Herc" C-130 Strong AleThe "Herc" C-130 Strong Ale
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The "Herc" C-130 Strong AleThe "Herc" C-130 Strong Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-21-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 19
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Photo of Todd
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle, with a 2005 bottled on date. Pours a near opaque muddled brown with ruby red hues that try to shine through. Beer is topped with a slightly off-white, protein rich, creamy and bubbly head that settles to a creamy wisp lace-great retention with some stick, too.

Dense maltiness, brown bread, rich toastiness, hints of over-ripe fruit, caramel candies, and alcohol that leaves its fumage on your brain.

Mouthfeel is very viscous, and coats the palate with a thick layer of upfront malty sweetness. Malt flavors are toasty, with big notes of caramel, toffee, candy, raisins and juicy pear. A slightly citric and hoppy flavor wakens things up a bit and provides balance. Alcohol heat pulls back just enough, providing some nice warmth on the skullcap and a spice that melds well with hint of floral and herbal tea. A big bready character starts in the middle and follow thru into the finish, as some hop tannins and lingering alcohol flavors fade into a clean and drying palate.

A very approachable strong ale. Not too sweet, not too hoppy, and not too hot with alcohol ... but it's certainly there.

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Photo of Jason
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled in 2005 date on the label.

A- Creamy looking whispy cream colored lace, reminded me of the top of a cafe late. Thin but good lacing. Hazed amber color.

S- Ripe fruit; pears, mangos and papaya come to mind. Candied fruit as well with the ester alcohol floating into the nostrils. Malty sweet with a hint of toasted grain.

T&M- Very light carbonation, full malty body ... creamy and smooth. Huge maltiness, it unfolds the warmer this beer gets ... at cellar temp layers of toasted grain and caramel show. Light hoppiness with a touch of bitterness to help hold this beer together. Suggestions of ripe pears and figs. Middle to end is a long lingering toasted buscuity flavor, finishes sweet with a warming alcohol.

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Photo of oberon
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that can only be found at the brewery on Ontario street in Buffalo I was lucky enough to have a kickass father in law to pick me up a sixer.From Tim Herzog the head brewer it is an "experimental" brew at least for now,dedicated to the 914th airlift out of Niagra Falls now serving in Iraq.Pours a deep clear rich amber with a thin wispy white head that is gone in a flash,huge vanilla/caramel aromas with a tequila-like note that comes thru even more as it warms odd but pretty cool.Warning this is not for hopheads its big its malty and very smooth,caramel and vanilla like the aromas dominate with a sugar cookie type flavor in the finish,the mouthfeel is near perfect silky smooth the alcohol creeps its head up more as I drink more.A worthy strong brew here for the guys of the 914th its big and kicks ass like the 914th airlift unit.

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Photo of kaimcm
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass-but wish I had used more appropriate glassware as the nose was a bit restrictive in this glass

A: brown, garnet body. little to no head on pour or agitation. no lace, no stick.

S: syrupy grain, sugar, vanilla, carmelized sugar, molasses, raisons, sherry esque aromas. smells like its been barrel aged though I dont think it has.

T/M: full bodied and very flavorful but not overly viscous or heavy. warming and spicy alcohol that really expands on the finish. hops pull through, drying and adding complexity. soft citrus quality along with a vinous raison quality. really great and complex finish.

D: big booze but very enjoyable night cap. would like to enjoy frequently but since its a one-off obviously wont be.

right on for what is essentially a barleywine thats a little lighter in the mouth. cheers to the bison.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a growler, which was filled up at the Flying Bison Brewery, into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer has a dark coppery color with a about a two finger tall head on top. The head is slightly off white in color and slowly fades to a ring of lacey foam as I slowly sip it down. As it slides down the glass it coats the glass and leaves some slick spotty lace behind.

Smell: The aroma is full off sweet caramel and roasty malt with some light sweet boozy hints and just the slightest touch of leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: There is a big malty sweet character here with notes of over ripe pear cover with uber sweet caramel and roasted gain. The ABV is noticeable but in a mellow warm way. Leafy hop flavor and bitterness is very light and it adds only adds a light touch bitterness towards the finish. Its full body has a firm sticky texture with just enough soft carbonation to give it some life.

Notes: It's big and malty, just the way I like it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compliments of Tim who saved me a bottle from 2005. Good barleywine to start, nicely malted, morphing into scotch smoothness. A sipping beer and more late evening than lighter lunch accompaniment. Understated carbonation. Nice refreshment even though summer.
Had on tap 2.7 years later, and this was English barleywineish, on the sweeter side.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Chestnut brown body with minor glints of ruby. Creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Some nice lacing.

Smell: Malt dominates with a crusty-toastiness, followed by notes of fruit, toffee, and a waft of alcohol.

Taste: The rich, bready, toasty, and caramel and toffee-ish malt dominates, but it's not overly done - it's not cloying or sweet. It's straightforward, and not really complex. Again, fruit appears next, with notes of raisin, apple, and pear; and some citrusy, leafy, and tea-like hop notes. Alcohol comes from the rear helping to dry the finish, not that there's not enough ballast in its solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full/medium with a dextrinous malt. Median carbonation. Smooth and somewhat creamy.

Drinkability: The name seems fitting. It's big and strong, but basic, and it moves slow. It's a straightforward, malty, delicately hoppy, strong (the alcohol is noticeable) ale that would make a nice after dinner beer on a chilly night.

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Photo of RyFikes
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BarleyBoz
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The "herc"-C 130 is in my opinion a unique and one of a kind barley wine, if for nothing else, it's incredible drinkability. This beer is consistent from bottle to tap to growler. The malty aromas and slight alcohol notes hit you right in the nose. Deep copper color and a light weight head makes this beer exciting just to look at. Great velvety mouth feel paired with a sweet finish makes your mouth salivate for the next sip. This beer should be drank at a nice cool room temperature to make sure that all properties of smell and taste are released. The Herc's thick body coats the glass proving its place in your glass.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2009, courtesy of trxxpaxxs

A-Pours rusty orange with ruby highlights and a thin brilliant white head comprised of small, tight bubbles. Minimal soapy lacing.

S-Baked apples, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana bread. Very inviting.

T/M-Much more in line with an English style old ale/barleywine than I expected. The same banana bread and baked apple from the nose plays a big part in the flavor profile. The ABV dries out the finish, preventing the beer from ever becoming cloying. Reminiscent of the Traquair 2020. Soft and full bodied with low carbonation and a lingering finish.

O-A solid strong ale that I would love to try again some time.


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Photo of mrmanning
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brindle from the 12 oz bottle. The head is a rocky, frothy tan cap that lasted over 10 minutes before I could drink the beer. Nice lace with little floaties as well. The nose is c-hops and orange peels, dank basement and woody, earthy, caramel malts with a touch of smoke. Butterscotch and caramel malts upfront with spicy, woody notes, a blast of hops with way more bitterness than expected. This is the way I like a barleywine. The caramel and sweetness is here, but the hops balance and I don't feel like I am drinking a sugar bomb. This is quite a treat! Thanks for the bottle Harry!

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from the brewery poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany in color, nice red hue toward the light. Not too much of a head, very minimal and made a limited appearance and about the same can be said about the lacing.

S:Sweet malts, caramelized sugar, fermented apple/pear.

T: The sweetness comes right at you in the beginning with a nice amount of heat with the draw out. Some hops it you in the back, but it's main characteristic is that sweet malt. Somewhat complex in the subtle change in temperature keep you on your feet.

M: Slightly over medium in body, slippery on the palate, abv noticeable with the heat, moderate carbonation.

D: Great sipper, no more than two in a visit. My favorite FBBC beer to date.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martymoat
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle stamped 2005

Beer pours a muddy light brown with yeasty particles floating all about, no head at all and very small about of bubbles coming off the bottom of the glass.

The taste up front is a thick malt backbone and rightfully so after sitting for some 3 maybe close to 4 years. this leads into a flat kind of watery sweetness and a slight alcohol warmth. No hop presence at all. i think this beer has seen its day. It is drinkable but i get the sense that it would have been much more enjoyable 3 years ago.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper/amber with a thin off white head. Good retention, and nice laceing. Aroma is of orange peel and earthy carmel malts.Hints of dark fruit too. Body is thick with carbonation.Taste is of tart fruits and earthy malts.Big time alchol. Nice stuff.

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Photo of biegaman
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 Vintage sampled June 2008. I was advised this could use a good year under its belt. 12oz bottle, listed as a 'barleywine' style ale. Thanks swoopjones!

The colour is obscured by a polluting murkiness. What results is a slushy looking orange-amber coloured body that is exponentially more dense in the center and top parts of the glass while some fiery highlights spark near the sides and bottom. A dusty, off-white head that, when left on its own, will burn out to a thin sheet and basic outlining.

Judging from appearance I was not overly keen to drink this; any impressions from smell did little to correct that. Alcohol drenched malts and hops make for a shamelessly high octane aroma. Both green, vinous hop leafs and sweet, caramel malts are doused in booze. Much is left to be desired as all you are treated to is a very straight forward smell of malt saturated in booze and hop resin.

The alcohol is very present and attacks together with the spicy hop astringency to make for a fragrantly hot mouthfeel. The alcohol is far too obvious in the aftertaste, which boast little else. Bitterness is low but annoyingly obnoxious. Flavours incorporate composting vegetables with over-ripened fruits (figs and pears) while the herbal tea-like character of the hops is ever present. At times, it seems to border on 'terrible'.

This one is on level with beginner homebrew - it's alright but amateur. It may show signs of promise but there is much, much room for improvement ahead. To be perfectly blunt, I struggled through a 12oz bottle. The flavours simply didn't develop and I could never quite grasp what exactly it was they were going for. It didn't look, smell, or taste all that good. This is no barleywine, it's no DIPA, it's simply ... not that good. And unfortunately, with no beer left in the glass, that's still all I've found to say about it.

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Photo of chitowncubs09
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy and thick mahogany color with just some wisps of white foam atop the brew once poured. The head fades almost instantly leaving just a trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. When swirled in the snifter the beers thickness can be seen as foamy fingers of lace cling to the sides of the glass fading over time as the tiny carbonation bubbles that compose the fingers of lace pop.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and sweet with tons of caramel, toffee, and molasses. Along with these sugary aromas comes some thick roasted bready smells as well as some other sweet smells of a fruit nature of raisin and apple. A good deal of a boozy rum aroma is there as well, creating a nice warming and sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt and bready flavor with a good showing of caramel and toffee. The roasted flavor is much heavier then I would have expected from the nose (although not from the look) with it initially gaining intensity to the middle of the taste. While this occurs, some more sweet flavors develop on the tongue, with molasses and more caramel becoming more prevalent. Toward the middle of the taste however the roastedness begins to fade some while some light fruit flavors of apple and raisin come to the tongue. Other than the sweet, some boozy and lightly oaky flavors also join the profile with a touch of herbal and earthy hop tastes. The hop gets stronger to the end, and with the mix of sugary and fruity sweet, with the boozy and roasted flavors, ends up leaving a very satisfying and moderately warming flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is very low. Both are very appropriate for the big thick flavors of the brew and accentuate the mix of sweet and lightly hopped flavors nicely with that of the boozy and roasted flavors.

Overall – A very nice, somewhat slower sipper and boozy, sweeter barleywine. Well worth a try, especially at only ~ $3 for a 12 oz. bottle (which is well worth it!!).

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Photo of Ctruskey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kirok1999
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold, small white head and slight lacing. Smells very nice citrus/malt mix. Taste is very smooth, creamy, nicely sweet ale. The sweetness is well balanced by hops, not overpowering at all. Nice slightly bitter aftertaste showing the hops nicely. Really well balanced brew, mild and easy to drink.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a cloudy copper/amber color with a one-finger head of khaki foam. The retention was good and the lacing consistent. The aroma was a sweet blend of caramel malt, toffee, lemon and orange zest and alcohol esters. The flavors were at first a flash of bitterness that then became quite malty, with caramel and toffee notes in particular. Behind that was a nice element of citrus hops that added balance and helped keep the beer in check. Alcohol heat was present in the middle too. The finish was slightly sweet and helped temper the alcohol. The body was medium, the mouthfeel soft and the carbonation slightly understated. Quite drinkable and a little deceiving!

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Photo of greggdogg
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a bottle from Tim at a local brewclub meeting.

A - Pours a dark amber with a thin head.

S - Smells like a barleywine, albeit a little milder.

T - Very bitter, as it should be. Over 80 IBUs, using Warrior as a bittering hop. Tastes like it's been in the bottle longer than it has (3 months at time of sampling).

C - Thick, but smooth. Some of the residual sugar coats the mouth. Tim said they had to stop fermentation by crash cooling when the FG hit 1.027, so there's definitely some sugar left.

D- Low, but only because of the 9.5% ABV. I'd like to drink these all night, but my health insurance just won't cover it.\

Overall, a great beer. I have one bottle that I'll keep around for a year or so and update my review.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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The "Herc" C-130 Strong Ale from Flying Bison Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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