Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Foam Rangers January meeting. Amber pour with no head. Nose is sweet fruits with candied sugars and hops. Flavor is not very deep and lack what I’m looking for in a barley wine.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber / red pour with a thin film head. The aroma is a little grainy with sweet malt also. The flavor is the same, sweet malt elements like most barleywine, but a strange grainy presence also.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. pours a rich amaretto hue, w little head, bubbly recession. aromas strong of maple syrup, sap, heavy caramel, and sweet juicy dark fruit, but in a candy setting. the taste reveals a weighty caramel syrup flavor, but quickly finishing and disappearing on the palate. also, there’s a raisin component, as well as plummy dates. the finish improves with the warming temperature. Originally served at 55 degrees. the heat is noticed. 10% is sometimes hard to mask. i’m impressed at a unique spin on barleywine ale, but it could be improved in a few areas. i will revisit after it gains some age in the cellar.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting bottle, looks nice but makes it a little difficult to open. pours fine enough, but the scents and tastes fall a little shorter than I had expected. The labaeling and description of the brew raised my expectations a little, and the beer fell short of them. Not too bad overall, but not exceptionally noteworthy
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007. Doesn’t taste like a barleywine at all. Flavor is strong, solid hops, with not much else. Hop flavor dominates the beer, which seems to be lacking any qualities that would mark it as a barleywine. Relatively thin, darker fruit flavors are non-existant. Alcohol is hidden well. Final word: a pretty decent IPA/Double IPA, not a barleywine.
glennmastrange (2649) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A mix of light bread, toasted and caramel smells for the malts, moderate spruce note for the hops, light broth for the yeast, and port, alcohol and carboard in the background. Head is small, wispy, white, with virtually no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a lively carbonation.. Not bad flavors, just weaker than I expected.
Rainley (3) - USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. 2007vintage. pours chestnut with tan head. malt and caramel aroma. medium body. slightly bitter, with a light burnt flavor.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, 2007 vintage, 27 Dec 07
Rich chestnut /reddish-brown brick color with nice tan head.
Malty, carmelly aromas predominate. Not much hops.
Malty flavor - carmel, cookie. very slight bitterness
Smooth, lt carb, md body
Nice Barleywine, very smooth and malty. Not much bitterness, but there’s enough to provide balance.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a mostly clear chestnut body with a small and fleeting beige head that diminishes to a film and cap. Aroma is malty and bready, mostly caramel, with a hint of pine hops. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste is malty caramel and toffee, almost chewy. Red apple notes add complexity. Hop biterness, pine and a hint of grapefruit, adds a nice balance. This 2007 edition is an improvement over earlier bottlings.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of markgugs. Clear, amber golden with a dense, shaving foam-style like head. Aroma of overripe fruit and sherry. The body is surprisingly only medium with a little caramel and overripe fruit in there. Discreetly bitter. Fairly average Barley Wine. 191207