drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was expecting a straight up Barleywine but I was pleasantly surprised that when I put it up to my nose, there was a bit of sourness to it. It was nice. Aroma is full of sourness, oak, funk, and spice. Taste is more of the same really. It really tasted a lot like a Flanders Red Ale to me and I loved every bit of it. Something I would sip on again. Don’t expect a Barleywine here, expect something different.
mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn (thanks Alex), pours a filthy dark reddish brown with no head. Aroma is quite unique, with dark sour fruits, a little rye, and maybe a touch of oak -- not getting the rum on this though. Flavour reveals quite a bit of rye, followed by tart dark fruits, light-to-moderate vinegary quality, and a decent woodiness. Again, not getting any rum barrels as all. A fairly pleasant woody, dark fruity sour with moderate vinegariness on the finish. Quite decent, but rather dirty and muffled.
DrSilverworm (7217) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.4 oz swingtop bottle. Dated 2011. Just got re released here in OH for some reason. Pours a hazy dark red brown color. Dark particles in the body. Khaki bubbles, but absolutely no head. Drinks as flat as it looks, absolutely no carbonation. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Lots of dark fruit, and vinegar in the flavor, and what I guess is kind of a woody mildly spicy rum aroma. Some decent vanilla in there comes out later, some vinous notes for sure. Moderate sour taste, mild tannic, bigger sweet. Overall, not a fan of this one. Not easy to drink, the absolute lack of carbonation doesn’t help at all with that. Why does it have to be flat, who wants that in a beer? Weird unpleasant kind of acetic taste to it as well that doesn’t agree with me. Managed to finish the glass after a long period of time (sipped at it while packing a box up for a trade). It did get slightly better as I went further.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2516) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shelled out the 1000 yen for this Terrapin/BFM collaboration barleywine is made with 20% & 80% malts then aged in rum barrels. Bottle from World Beer Market’s online shop. Served in a snifter. 10.03% It pours a plum brown with no head but has a wonderfully rich nose of sweet candied plums, warming rum, dark fruits and a touch of oak. Smooth viscous mouthfeel while the taste gives you a berry tartness, woodsy, sweet fruits, some oak and some rum heat going down. Really good stuff, not what I was expecting. It is more of a sour brown ale than a barleywine, nice tartness, fruits & some oaky/earthy barrel-character. I like it to sip on such a cold winter day.
AirForceHops (3645) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml Bottle shared by Eric H. Dirty brown color without any head. I didn’t hear a pop when he opened the bottle but I was talking when he opened it. Aroma is dirty socks, vinegar and light oak.
I don’t taste and rum at all, just sour brune. Port wine hints up front with overly tart fruit and vinegar through the center. The flat mouthfeel doesn’t help the flavor in anyway shape or form. The only thing I like about it is the rye malt and barely can still be detected. Some sour heads may like it but it’s hard to know what you will get after opening the swing top.
loco_gallego (174) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brune foncée, mousse quasi-inexistante.
Très fruitée et acide au nez. Boisée. Grosse sensation d’alcool-rhum. Légèrement caramel au maltage. Levures. Balancée malgré le fort caractère acide et alcool...
En bouche pareil, fruitée (fruits rouges). Acidité et aigreur très présente. Sensation de sucré-caramel. Fin de bouche sur le bois, et l’alcool-rhum donne une belle fin de bouche. Très très peu carbonatée. Balancée.
Bière curieuse, se rapprochant plus d’un Sour/Wild mais avec une belle touche "barley wine".
jbruner (2559) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BFM swing top versus Terrapin bomber, both from 2011. BFM pours a much darker brown, Terrapin a copper, both with minimal to no head or lacing. Aroma on the BFM is more intense, some roast and dark fruit, hint of vanilla. BFM has some sour notes on the tongue, acetic tartness, Terrapin is much more toward the barley wine, big caramel and vanilla. Terrapin is smoother, BFM is more complex. Definitely a cool beer.
eduardovl (987) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 330ml bottle served in a snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown muddy cloudy color with a minimal yellow head. No retention neither lacings
S: Very tart and fruity. Grapes, wood, caramel malts and vinegar. Rhum and alcohol in the end
T: Follows the nose. A tart and acid beer. Quite fruity too. Grapes, candy sugar, oak, rhum, malt and yeasts. Upfront is mild sweet, in overall, acid and dry in the mouth
M: Heavy body, molasses. Very low carbonation
O: Very tasty and drinkable beer. As mention before by other reviewers, this beer is much closer to a Wild/Sour than to a Barley Wine. It reminded me their BFM "Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru (Aged In Rhum Barrels)". By the way, a beer for real men, sissies won’t like it
[ BA Review @ 4/8/2012 ]
AbouAli (151) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En bouteille 33 cl
Genre Barleywine ?
Nez caramel et porto
Amertume agréable avec un corps léger
Acidité améliore le rendu et fait de cette bière quelque chose de très buvable
Légère touche boisée
OneHotPepper (68) - - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of a Belgium strong, but tastes like a sour. Considered a barleywine. Pours light and clear.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Swing top. No *pop* of carbonation upon opening. Pours a headless deep brownish-red body. Nose of barleywine, sweet red licorice, and new shoe leather coated with beeswax. Flavour of a merlot doused with watered-down lemon pulp and black cherry pits. Astonding how the thin flavour doesn’t play to the more robust aroma. I can see why others were disappointed with this collaboration brewery’s bottle - while I’m interested in what Terrapin has to offer. Thanks Alessandro for the offering. Cheers!