TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
08 bomber pours deep, dark brown with little to no retaining off white head into a snifter. Aroma of piney hops, rich toffee, caramel malts, orange peel. Magnificently blended flavor including toffee, plenty of malt, citrusy hops, finishes caramel with ever so slight orange peel. Low carbonation with a wonderful silky mouthfeel, full bodied. The unfortunate part of this beer that prevents it from getting an even better rating is that the finish is a tad thin. Still, very nice.
leeburg (227) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Free sample from the brewery, awesome! Rich aromas of pine and citrus, overt hop flavors that were not overbearing. Very rich but dangerously drinkable. ABCís best beer.
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Happy 2010! I drank my 2008 vintage to bring in the new year.
Aroma- Very rich aroma, dark fruit (dates and figs) and bread crust. Very inviting
Appearance- Ruby color with brilliant clarity. Foamy head with long retention.
Taste- High sweetness, but nicely aged. Medium-spicy phenols, rich, but not cloying. Malt flavor is huge, and hop flavor and bitterness are low. Very very tasty.
Palate- For a barleywine, palate doesnít get better. Everything about the palate makes you want to drink more.
Overall- This is definately in the running for top commercial barleywine ever. The DFH old school BW was my favorite up to now, but now, itís a tie. I think aging it is the key. This one was a year old, but I could see 3 or 4 years being awesome.
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber, 2009. Clear ruby-amber pour with a tan head which fades quickly and leaves a coarse lace. Plum, winter spices, black cherries all hit you up front, along with the strong alcohol content (never unpleasant or overpowering). Dates enter in the middle and there is a pepperiness at the back which must be the hops. The finish is sweet and bitter - very balanced. Mouth feel is light and smooth, body is medium with minimal carbonation. Alaskanís best! I guess I shouldnít be surprised that they can make a mean barleywine.
BritAlesRule (211) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a beautiful deep garnet color. Decent foam head with quick dissipation. Nose is Northwest hops, a bed of flowers, fruit, and sweet alcoholic elixir along with some caramel malts. Taste is heavy rum fruitcake or raisins soaked in scotch, some chocolate and spices. Medium body leaning toward the heavy side of things and definitely the best thing Iíve had from this brewer. Bravo!
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 vintage. This is a dark colored barley wine. The aroma is more sour than fruity. The flavor is bitter with hints of vinegar. This bottle may not have survived the aging.
brinehart (199) - Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber indicates 2009 vintage. Pours a clear mahogany with ruby hues when held to light. Persistent (especially considering the 10.4% abv) brown head. The aroma is dominated by caramel malt. Alcohol is also in the nose, along with some pungent hops. Taste is of caramel and and syrupy brown sugar, but stops short of cloying thanks to the bittering hops. The alcohol is present and warming and also helps to balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel is thick and the beer coats the tongue and throat. This is a beer to be savored slowly and gets better as it warms. For my tastes, I would like a little more malt and less emphasis on sweet. Hops are right on for the style.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very dark for style, deep mahogany with a dense of-white head. Very clear, with ruby notes. Aroma is wonderful Northwest hops upfront, very fresh (dry hopped?), followed closely by dark malts, producing some chocolate and hints of coffee aromas. Flavor follows through after aroma, with more NW hops, and a great dark chocolate character. Aftertaste is more dark chocolate, backed by more NW hops. Body is pleasantly full. Great American-style Barleywine! One of the best!
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 thick, dark brown pour with no head. brief sweet taste and then it has a spicy hop finish
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tulip glass at Malt & vine. Almost a light barleywine, if thatís even possible. Thick brown pour with lots of caramelized sugars, cherry, peach, golden raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink this one every other day.