bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Craft Beer Kings. Pours ruddy/orange with a creamy beige head. Aroma is really nice toffe with hints of unusual fruits. Full bodied. Flavor is ttoffee/treacle/fruity. Heat barely detectable. Excellent, tasty ale.
marcus (7296) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange amber with an attractive beige head and a fruity toffee aroma. There is a hearty bitter malt flavor with some dark molasses and a warm alcohol trail.
hopscotch (9996) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Pours cloudy and singed caramel-colored with a fleeting, white head. The aroma delivers a malty mélange of sweet dark fruits, caramel, fruitcake and sweetbread. Full-bodied with lazy carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet, boasting dark fruits, caramel, toffee and marmalade. Trends bitter and leaves a resiny, bitter aftertaste. Bottle courtesy of richiesd!
Dogbrick (9156) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at GABF 10/04/2014, thanks to my BIL for assistance with note-taking. Clear dark amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Partial ring of lacing. Aroma of malt, pine and hops. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, pine and earthy hops. The finish is malty and fruity. Pretty good overall.
slowrunner77 (6705) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice carmel malty backbone and a plethora of arthy spicy hops. Not quite up to par with the better barleywines out there (surprisingly small bodied for 11.3%) but pleasant. Bittersweet finish."
Stuu666 (5832) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours brown, light pine, caramel, toffee, sweet and bitter.
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, candied orange, earthiness and light toffee. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, candied orange, pink grapefruit, light earthiness and light toffee with a smooth lingering candied orange finish.
Theydon_Bois (12067) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Commons Ale House, Santa Monica, 16/04/14.
Orange amber with a moderate light beige covering.
Nose is pretty hop forward for a barley wine, bitter tropicana, barley sugar, grapefruit, caramel, if I didn’t know this was being classed as a barley wine I’d have guessed it was a big ballsy double or triple IPA!
Taste follows a similar line, sweet licks, caramel, grapefruit, pine, bitter orange, spice, light booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, light dryness in the close with a lick of booze.
Decent enough hoppy barley wine (its a TIPA really !)
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Reddish caramel, thin sudsy tannish head, spotty lacing. Candied citrus peel, caramel, and strong citrusy bits on the nose. Smells very much like an American style Barley Wine. Sweet caramel and citrusy notes on the tongue. Not overly hoppy, nor overly malty. Seems a decent balance between malts and hops. Big citrusy and caramel notes on the tongue. This is a citrus based Barley Wine, pith and peel, but on the sweet side. Not too heavy, moderate to full body and mouthfeel. Big candied citrus peel and pith on the finish. Candied, but also a bit bright/young. Green like bitterness/maltiness on the finish. Solid example, sweet and citrusy, as well as candied. A good American style Barley Wine.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from reddit trade. Pours a beautiful cloudy amber with a nice off white head that fades but leaves very light and broken lacing. Aromas are big resin hops and then some light toffee and caramel that are almost invisible to the nose. Taste is much more balanced than the aroma; citrus and pine start then a big dose of toffee and caramel malts then some booze and finally a bitter, hoppy aftertaste that also carries a line of sweet burnt sugar maltiness. Palate is just a little thin but that could be due to my tongue assuming an 11% beer would be a little heavier from the alcohol. Overall, this is a really good example of an American Barley Wine, in fact it’s my favorite American Barley Wine now,