SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, from Bev Mo LaJolla, 2005 version. Pours a deep orange-pecan color, hazy, with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, orange spice, brown sugar, herbs, plum, light floral and citrus hops. Sweet and malty, ripe peach, caramel, spicey-piney hops, pepper, brown sugar, apricot, alcohol and hints of grapefruit in the finish. Full body, smooth with light carbonation. The 2 years have served this well, with the overall brew smoothing and malt character coming more prominent, (though a little overly sweet).
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25-Jan-11 (22-oz bottle: $3.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Cellared for 3 to 4 years, this barleywine is amazingly delicious now, offering round, integrated flavors of sweet, caramely malt, caramel candy, earth, raisins, figs, dried apricots, brown sugar, toffee, and light toast. Aromas of dried apricot, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, pungent earth, and a touch of alcohol. Full bodied on the palate with enough light acidity to keep the otherwise very sweet beer from becoming cloying. The light acidity also helps to make up for the low level of carbonation. The hazy, dark-amber body is capped by a quarter-inch layer of off-white head that dissipates rapidly. The lovely way this beer has aged is one of the main reasons why barley wine is my favorite style of beer.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent offering, well worth the money and iíd possibly get it again. Just didnít knock my socks off. aroma was pretty one note of caramel, tasted well enough, just nothing memorable about it.
Snojerk321 (2970) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from BevMo. Pours a tawny, caramel color with a nice sea foam off white head. Caramel, toffee and some vegetal hops. Metallic notes on the finish.
daknole (7204) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep orange pour. Toffee, rubbing alcohol and light hops is most of the below average aroma. Flavor is sweet and has a very herbal/artificial flavor. This is pretty terrible.
arrogantb (1398) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Label claims it is a 2005 vintage. Orange, clean looking with a minimal smell plus alcohol. Taste is some toffee as promised by the label but still thin. As it warmed it got better but this just didnít do it for me. I wonder if the fact that it is organic has anything to do with the lack of "oomph" in the taste.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-05-2007 16:27:30
Glouglouburp (5562) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2009
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In short: A grossly overly sweet no-style beer
How: Bottle 22oz. I think I got it in a bonus is a trade. Probably a good idea I donít remember from whom
The look: Almost clear dark golden body topped by a very small beige head
In long: Nose is all about candy sweetness. Taste is overly sweet, cloying. White sugar, brown sugar, sweet candied fruits, dried fruits, citrus juice, sugary caramel, hard candies. If the overly sweet flavours were not bad enough they were joined by vegetable notes. No hops presence whatsoever. I couldnít drink the whole bomber. From now on I will only buy genetically modified Barley Wines.
jake65 (2316) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (2005): A reddish amber pour with a finger of sticky beige head. Aroma is rather potent with fruitiness, husky malts, and some florals. Citrus sweets and even a little bready. Wow, organic with a potent aroma... this might be good! The first sip reminds me of a year-old Double Bastard. Holy taste organic beer!!! Nice citrus, caramel, toffee, bready malts, florals, and even some candied sugar. Nice faded hops presence. Warming and soothing. At first, I canít believe all the low ratings. For an organic beer damn right I am impressed! Then, as it warms, it loses a lot of the flavor complexities and gets a little husky and earthy. Shit. It is an organic beer after all. I havenít even finished half the glass and it warms up enough to get bland. Still, for $3.19 per bomber I donít mind having it a bit cold! Iíll put this back in the fridge every 15 minutes at that price! **Note: If you canít tell yet I have no confidence in organic beer. Nothing personal, but less chemicals equals less taste. This brew is certainly better than most organic ales. 7/4/8/4/15
Tmoney99 (8778) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle From Jungle Jimís.
Poured clear copper color with an average off-white frothy head that motly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus, sweet malt and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
I would share this with a freind.
JaBier (3729) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber with a thin white head. Malty candi sugar aroma. Same flavor with a bit of hop in the finish.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Better than I expected. I usually hate organic beers. Pretty smooth and drinkable for a barleywine. Lightly sweet flavor of dark fruits, especially cherries. Some taste of alcohol in the flavor, but mainly appearing in the finish. Could have used some other ingredients, a little weak and simple for a barleywine.