Iphonephan (3538) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear deep dark amber with a thick tan head. Sweet malty nose. Flavors of butterscotch. Nicely balanced and very tasty.
Benzai (8754) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus and Joes. Clear red-brown color, average sized off-white to beige head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is malts, sweetish, liquor, a hint of liquorice somehow. Taste malts, a hint of sweetness, lightly a hint of bitter, lightly alcohol, liquor. Medium to full body and carbonation.
DutchDrebus (4252) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber to ruby colour with a very small off-white head. Smells pine, deep hops, sweet, barley wine. Tastes sweetish, loads of pine, malty, some hops, deep. Full body, soft carbo.
48FanInCali (739) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bomber - Dark maple pour with off white head. Nose is slightly oxidized with caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Taste follows the nose and is also slightly oxidized with some sherry notes. Decent thick oily mouthfeel. Pretty good.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"had Alaskan and Avery Hog Heaven side by side. Neither was a letdown, even though they were opposite ends of the spectrum. Both poured a deep ruby/amber. Alaskan was a touch darker, and both had great frothy head with a vigorous pour, awesome retention. Avery’s aroma was definitely hop-heavy, but balanced just enough and was freakin incredible. took a giant inhale before every sip. Ditto for the Alaskan, but this one was all malty sweetness, and a touch of hops. At first, in the aroma and taste, it begged for more time in the cellar, but by the time I got to the end, I just wanted to keep breathing it in. The aromas were the high point for both beers, but the flavor was enjoyable as well...Avery similar to Bigfoot, but better balanced, and Alaskan like a slightly sweeter/less hoppy Old Stock. Alaskan won the battle of the body as it was thick and full, Avery was weaker (9.4) & thinner, but incredibly drinkable for a barleywine. Those who are not hop heads may not like it as much, but while both were great examples of American & English Barleywines respectively, I’ll give a tiny nod to Avery in the head to head, but imagine Alaskan would win in a year as it seemed like the type of beer that would age incredibly well. Fun, fun, fun!"
deyholla (6861) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours a cloudy deep brown with a slight amber hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of grain and bread with a bit of caramel, toffee and booze underlying. Flavor has lots of toffee and sweet grains with a bit of bread and underlying caramel and a touch of booze.
erickok (3751) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown body and small head. Fierce malty aroma, English, biscuit, some raisin but drier and less rich than I somehow expected. Alcohol pretty well hidden behind the dusty malts, but it misses either the concentrated sweetness or a more fresh hop addition to shine, for me. I’d be happy if my barley wine turned out like this, but I still feel there’s room for improvement. (Bomber brought from Austin, shared with Alba and Darren on brew day)
BRiddoch (11) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 22 oz. Bottle poured into a snifter. Fruity aroma with a nice dark mahogany pour. Not much of a head. Sweet and fruity with a very nice follow through. My first time with these Alaska brews but certainly not my last. Very nice!
thebsmitty (137) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
2010 bottle. Pours a rich deep mahogany brown with a cherry hue. Amazing head retention, great lacing, huge thick collar. Aroma is molasses, toffee, leather and earthy wood. Taste is bitter molasses, stale tobacco, vanilla and wet paper. Nice rich body and low carbonation. I believe this beer must have been left on the shelf in a high light area since 2010. It looked great, but the paper and tobacco really ruined the flavor.
nuplastikk (4671) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber. Picked up 4 of them at 4.99 each..can’t beat that. Deep mahogany brown body, looks filtered. Foamy beige heads fades into a thin oily layer. Woody alcohol soaked amber malt. Rich and rugged, thick old school US Barleywine. Overbearing. Not really that drinkable, more of a slow sipper. OK.