KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared with kleyland. Pours a dark leather color. Thin, off-white head. Aroma of piney hops and dark fruit. Toffee notes in the flavor, along with plums warming alcohol, and caramel malt. Bitter finish.
natejgood (453) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUL 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear medium brown/amber with an light tan head. The head does not go down quickly. Smells hoppy and sweet with hints of citrus. Lots of malts and molasses. Quite a strong aroma. Sweet and malty with less hop than I would have thought. Can taste a bit of alcohol in this beer. Very smooth with tiny bubbles, but a bit syrupy in the mouth. This beer has a lot of flavor but may be a bit too sweet for my liking without enough bitterness to cut the sweetness.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. I’ve had this one fresh and aged and can say it has great aging potential beyond the year I gave it. Pours out a beautiful darker copper hue with great lacing. Big malty and hoppy aromas that I like in fresher BW’s, caramel and boozy. The palate is great and balanced, the malts are big in the finish with a ripping bitter hoppiness on the outer edge. One of the more likeable fresh BW’s on the market, but will be spectacular 5 years up the road.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Deep,reddish-copper colored body is clear with an yellow-tan head of small stature that does not lace. Mouth is full with weak-but-soft, creamy carbonation in a sticky liquid. Syrupy sweet aroma of cotton candy, and a sickening amount of roasted caramel malts with a nice complement of floral and pine hops with a touch of citrus and esters. Very sweet in the direction of clover honey, roasted caramel, followed by roast, ester-based borderline overripe fruity goodness, a citrus-pine-floral hop profile, warming, with rather invisible alcohol if taken in small sips. A larger sip or "gulp" will reveal a pine-infused alcohol harshness. Cloying in nose and mouth, sticky on the lips, rich, sweet.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber red color with a beige head. The head receded to a ring leaving a little bit of lacing. Very malty and sweet aromas, not a typical American hopped up version. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, caramel, brown sugar, and a little bit of hops. Sweet caramel flavors, with some citrus hops, brown sugar, figs, and biscuit. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.
crosamich (433) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottling. I get hints and wafts of rubber but it comes and goes so I can’t say that it is autolysis necessarily. Overall a solid beer, alcohol is well-hidden. Very malty barleywine. Drinking this in the balls-hot heat of Florida summer and it is still nice and smooth. little hot alcohol on the backend.
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Look: pours a dark amber color. Small off white head.
Smell: smells dark sweet fruits
Taste: dark cherries. Malty notes
Feel: heavy beer highly carbonated.
Overall: good flavor. Heavy malt notes
First drank: April 20, 2014
redpooba (402) - Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A complex crimson-red-brown with a light brown head. Had this at a Barley wine tasting and this one actually won that night. Has great floral notes and a silky smooth finish.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Been holding on to this for a while, Vintage 2009. Poured a clear copper color with an off-white head. a touch of Alcohol on the nose... along with a strong malt presence. Mild sweetness with dark fruit. Mild Brown sugar notes. The flavor was malty, Doughy and sweet. Piny hop middle to the finish. Moderate bitterness with some warmth in the throat.
944play (389) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz in Bordeaux glass. Clearish deep red with low yellow head. Scads of caramel, vinous, and dusty tart cherry aromas. Flavor is totally reflective; it starts quite sweet like a cherry cola, but bitter and drying components take hold. Carbonation is low, body medium. A little weird but overall pleasant.