ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
At only $5 for 22 ounces of barley wine, I had a hard time passing up this bomber. Right before I was about to pay for my selections at the local liquor store I had my hands full, and decided that with my other selections I didnít need something from BridgePort to make my bill higher. I even put it back on the shelf, then saw the price tag again, and picked it back up. Really, $5 for a bomber is a great price.
This barley wine from BridgePort pours a very deep red color, very beautiful, actually, with an off-white/light-brown head. Light carbonation maintains a thin head. It has a sweet, but roasted, dark caramel malt aroma well-balanced with sharp, minty hops. Thereís something English in the aroma, probably a result of the yeast, that gives it the smooth, earthy edge of an Old Ale.
In the mouth itís, well, unlike any other barley wine Iíve ever had. Itís incredibly fruity and candy-like, with pronounced oak and a finish of intensely caramelized, bitter malts. It feels clean, but syrupy, and that syrupiness coupled with its fruitiness almost reminds me of a lambic. A fruity, almost tropical sweetness remains on the lips and leads you into the next drink. Itís a little tart on the tongue, possibly due to the oak, and maybe thanks to the fruitiness. Iíll agree with BridgePort that it is very full of character. Itís just a little too sweet and fruity, and seems more prepubescent than what I expect a barley wine to be.
Worth $5? Yes, but you can also get 48 ounces of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for just under $10. Guess which brewery will get my money next time.
edgallow (2686) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber pours deep amber with a off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and oak. Taste is sweet malt, toffee, oak and caramel.
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hallinghansen (2360) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Fonefan. Hazy amber body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is sweat, raisin, plum, acohol, oxidized. Flavor is dark fruit, raisins, caramel, alcohol, earthy notes.
Rasmus40 (13558) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy reddish amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, oxidized and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 110113
chrisv10 (12516) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 10%. Hazy Dark amber/ruby with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toffee, berries and oxidized. Flavour is malt, sweet, caramel, toffee, berries, oak, wood with notes of alcohol.
saxo (14705) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ fonefan berliner weisse, cream ale multistate tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are burnt caramel, fruits, candy sugar, malt and hops.
Dedollewaitor (14539) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours ruby amber with a small white head.Sweet malty. Oxidized with a bit of port and lots of dark fruit. Cellar, fruit and caramel. Medium bodied. A bit over the top. 012 bottling.
BK7 (773) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Labeled as Old Knucklehead - Barley Wine Style Ale - Ale Aged with Oak - No. 013 Bottling. Sweet and fruity with mild bitterness. Never did pick up any oak. Finish is sweet with a light boozyness.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is No.13. Pours a dark amber with a thin tan head that recedes to an outer ring. Smells very nice. Got hints of pine resin, spruce and even some faint banana. Intense flavors. Bittersweet with a strong alcohol finish. banana, amber, clear, frothy, tan foam, Very bittersweet flavor. Intense. Starts sweet, then a sort of bitter fruit flavor. Strong alcohol finish. Thick feel with average carbonation. Definately a big beer with alot going on.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I didnít quite cotton to this 2012 version. A little to sweet and strong for my taste. This dark orange brew was also a little chewy and viscous for me.