JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into red wine glass, 2008 vintage. Thanks to ppoitras for this one.
Pours a very hazy, almost murky red-brown, with an off white head that starts off small and disappears quickly.
Nose starts off sweet and fruity, apples come through along with a bit of caramel, and quite a bit of rye. Even more rye as the beer warms. Some ripe red berry as well, underneath.
The taste, however, makes up for it. Dominated by sweet, rich, spicy rye with some sweet caramel and nicely prickly hops, which grab onto a fruity sweetness that hints at apples and maramalade. Hops seem to be integrated in - the whole flavor is rather seamless, hops and malt and rye and sweet and bitter all kind of melding together. Leads to a couple of things: one, this isnít what Iíd call a complex beer. There seems to be one rather integrated flavor rather than multiple flavor profiles hitting separately, which isnít necessarily a bad thing. Two, coupled with nary a hint of alcohol, you get an insane smoothness that makes the beer stupidly drinkable. Drinks like a 6.5% abv beer. Finish is lightly bitter, a bit warming.
Mouthfeel is thick, a bit syrupy, with a fluffy, prickly carbonation that just matches perfectly with the prickly hops and the spicy rye.
AirForceHops (2367) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. From Ryan and Caseyís, Greenfield, MA. 2011 vintage. The first glass had real nice clarity. Slow steady carbonation producing a thin layer of white head that had decent lace. Smell is light hops, light fruit and toffee. A bit thin in body almost watery. Flavor mirrors the nose. Overall I sit here and sip this and my overall thought areÖ this brew is very under-whelming. At least the ABV is masked after a year of sitting.
rodisian (66) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
eh.. I enjoy myself some barleywine, especially on the sweeter side of things, but this one failed to materialize for me. Was more like a cross between a DIPA and a barleywine, but somehow it also felt watered down. That being said, given the price point is much lower than similar BWs, this is a pretty good value. 2012 vintage.
halfonit (1099) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Pours a clear dark golden, slightly amber color with a thick white head. Aroma is of hops, grass, grain, bread, and a little booze. Slightly over carbonated than I was expecting. Flavors include hops, pine, malts, grain, some earthiness, and pine. Leaves a dry hoppy finish.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by IrishBoy. Pours copper with a disappearing beige head and a fruity alcohol aroma. There is a slightly sour fruit and treacle flavor with an alcohol trail.
bhensonb (9829) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours hazy dark and ruddy with a transient head. Aroma is cola and medicinal. Med body. Flavor pretty much matches the aroma. An ale that is coming across as prematurely aged, but itís marvelous.
IrishBoy (3686) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Odeed. 2008. Nose is an aging barleywine, with toffee and brown sugar. Hazy copper with a small beige head. Flavor is slightly oxidized from the thin body with some sweetness and a slight bitterness.
johnnnniee (1823) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep reddish copper color with a good sized bubbly beige head that shows great retention. Smells of caramel and brown sugar with a hint of ethanol and a touch of oxidation. Taste is a bit on the malty side up front. Lots of sugary sweetness that gets beaten back by and earthy and a muddled buttery harshness. Long lingering sugary and butterscotch sweetness. Medium body and level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. I really enjoy the coffeehouse porter from Berkshire, but most of their other beers strike me as too heavy on the diacytyl. Decent beer, but not great.
SudsMcDuff (5360) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Jenray, i was intrigued by this .. . pours a muddy tan .. medium foam head, light slashes of lacing .. . figs, cherry, chocolate tar, and De Gea .. . light mouth .. . doesnít drink like a 9.5 barleywine! .. . . Sneaking beer into work is easy. Especially when itís already inside your stomach.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thank you Siobhan for picking up the 2011 version of this beer. Poured from a large bottle into a trappist style glass to drink. The beer was cloudy and thick, with a dark amber color and almost no head, save a very thin, bubbly, white head without any retention and minimal cling. The aroma had some earthy and grainy hops, but featured a candy and sugar mixture, along with some spices, a bit of caramel, and some dark fruit scents. It tasted predominantly sweet with a candy flavor mixed with some sour fruit tones and a touch of grain, but very little bitterness at all. The body was pretty thin and dry without much carbonation, fizz, or liveliness. There was a distinct presence of alcohol in the taste, and it had a dry finish.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 six year vertical 2006-2011, christmas eve tradition. Briefs on each. 06 was the english-style, held together so much better than the last year I had it, but no where near the toffee and vanilla from 2 years ago, still solid. 07 was the heavy hopped boldly American style. Bitterness was still there, but the finish was starting to get a little thin, still enough maltiness to be decent. Both the 08 and 09 were rye based varying on hops. Both were still boozy, yet balanced enough to the point where I thought the malts shown through very well. The 2010 after 1 year was doing so well, the hops were very lively and the malts were big, but the citrus element was bright. The 11 was fantastic fresh, not as overly aggressive with hops or malt and the ABV was well controlled. Decently successful.