mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark garnet-brown with a thin beige head. Aroma-caramel, citrus, earth. Taste- sweet toasted malt and big bitter hops balance each other well. Palate is warm, sweet and full bodied. Big beer and excellent.
brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours mahogany with a ruby hue, and barely translucent when held to the light.
A humble half-inch head of dense beige stuck around for several minutes, revealing some decent smears of clingy lacework.
Aromatics are a balance of dark fruit, fresh malt, and nougat-like caramel.
Doughy, figgy, and ripe with citrus spritzed juicy malt.
The mouthfeel is chewy, sticky, and tacky. Not too heavy, but substantial for a barleywine.
A firm, drying bitterness leads off the pallet in tandem with spruce-spiked fruit and fresh, clean malt essence.
Alcohol steps forward, but quite mildly and there is no heat.
Finishes with some lingering residuals, bitterness, and caramel malt.
A terrificly balanced and substantial barleywine, albeit a bit sweet and young.
Maybe a couple of years on it’s side in the cellar will help dry her out.
jehoesefat (265) - Poway, California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice toasty malt aromas. Pours clear reddish brown with a foamy head. Very sweet for a barleywine, masks the alcohol content and doesn’t assault you with hops.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with beachbum25. Poured murky red in color with nice tan head. nice malty aroma along with alcohol. Taste was nice, with some dark malt, brown sugar, hops, and sweet. Thanks Jim for sharing.
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very dark brown pour with a small creamy head that leaves some lace and sticks around. Aroma is dried fruit and spice, a bit of roasty notes. Flavor’s got prune, molasses. Finishes sweet, syrupy mouthfeel. Good stuff!
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap in Tacoma, Wahington. The quintessential barley wine in aroma, color, body, taste, mouthfeel, finish, balance.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Floral aroma with some hops in the finish.
Dark brown to black well carbonated filmy head.
Sweet Grass flavor fallowed by a hearty rye bread finish.
A little thin but well balanced and smooth.
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. ABC’s 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 doesn’t 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, it’s 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.