Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Looks great, a dark reddish amber, crystal clear, with a slender tan head that lasts none too long. The aroma has a sharp caramel, a drop of molasses, alcohol, tart fruits, and bitter nuts. Smooth. The flavor isnít complex, but itís fairly satisfying... especially since Iíve been "playing" outside in our frigid temperatures too long today. Caramel, a citric tang, molasses, and a floral bitterness make up the flavor - nicely blended. It finishes on a bittersweet, sticky note with a low alcohol burn. Not bad at all.
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Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Copper/honey like color..dirty foam (stained)..not much substance, simple tasty finish, mild hops, no real aroma...mix with a hint of guilt...delish!!
MrBunn (2457) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle with wax over bottlecap. 2006 vintage. Pour is absolutely beautiful. Wonderful copper color with a one finger tight head that dies down quickly and is already starting to lace on the sides of the glass. The surface of the beer is now left with a film of the tiniest bubbles. As it is warming the aromas are getting better and better. Pineapple and caramel are the main draws, and while not overpowering or remarkably complex, it is nice. Flavor is OK... caramel malt is the backbone, but there are lots of little side currents that please... the pineappley hops, the dark fruit and molasses like tang, the alcoholís warmth. The one knock that Iíd make is that it has a very thin mouthfeel for a BW.
Beerdedone (2618) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark reddish amber with a medium thin beige head aroma of caramel and light brown sugar taste of nutty malts & sweet maple syrup a very clean finish drinkable & tasty
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, pours a dark amber. Smells of citrus and hops. Smooth taste, with hops, but an unpleasant aftertaste of metallic. Other than that taste this would be a damn nice beer.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - JAN 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. thanks to jdg0608. Poured a tannish reddish color. Aroma of hops and malt. Taste hops and citrus and malt is the very present.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a golden brown with a light tan head. The aroma is mild with some maltiness and a little bit of hops. Rather weak tasting for a barlywine with a little bit of mailtiness and barely a touch of hops. Somewhat disappointing overall.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear amber, heavily filtered body with a big, fluffy white head. The aroma is heavy with the caramel and toffee with some resinous pine. The flavor is moderately sweet, lots of caramel, not much else. Body is watery and lifelessly thin.
Gorbalev (2924) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with GregClow, Hogtown Harry, Mabel, Jerc, and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. 2006 Bottle. Ruby red, foamy white head. Mild fruit and alcohol in weak aroma. Nice soft malt taste. No alcohol really. No complexity at all. Finishes better, with some wood and slight alcohol notes. Maybe it is just too young; what is here is nice enough, but there just is not much here. Great name though.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz Bomber. Hazy rich amber supporting a small but dense off white head with faint lacing. The aroma is more in line with a standard amber ale than a barleywine with predominant notes of caramel and a touch of citrus. Citrusy flavor with more hop presence than expected in a barleywine but typical overripe fruit and some port-like notes dance about as well. Alcohol reveals itself in the otherwise long and sweet finish. To be fair, I sampled this one when it was probably too cold so Iíll rerate after allowing another to warm a bit.