CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a brownish amber color with a thin layer of resinous head. The aroma is fresh caramel, molasses and toasted malt. The taste begins with a strong dose of malt and caramelized sugar flavors along with dried figs, prunes, vanilla, medicinal hops and woody alcohol. The mouthfeel is syrupy with medium carbonation and a hot, boozy finish. Iíd recommend aging this one for a while to let the alcohol mellow out.
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark amber/burnt orange color with a big off-white head.
S: What a nose. Lots of intensely creamy caramel notes, milk, toffee, brown sugar, and some more caramel. I was really impressed with the aromas, I must say.
T: Though not quite as striking as the nose, this beer has a very solid flavor. The sweetness is what this beer is all about, but itís not cloying (though there are no overt hop characteristics). Sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and somewhat creamy.
M: A medium-full body on this beer with a soft, medium level of carbonation.
D: This was a surprisingly delicious beer. Too bad I donít have any of this myself as it was really enjoyable.
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.
better than expected, but still not that great. 2007 vintage.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
More bitter than expected, this did have some malt body to it and was more orange colored that your typical barley wine color. Not too exciting, but better than expected from an obscure brand from Whole Foods. Shared with Smith4498
smith4498 (3507) - Miami, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Rustyham. Pours clear caramel color with off white head. Caramel and alcohol aromas. Flavors of caramel, molasses and alcohol. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation. Thanks Nick.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, a couple years old. Poured clear reddish-orange with a short-ish lived cap of beige head.. cool translucent effect in the light. The aroma picked up warm, deeper biscuit, molasses, and honey malts accented by a little earth and spicy alcohol warmth.. smelled a bit broken down by age, but it was still enjoyable. The flavor opened with tangy, almost minty spruce character, followed by molasses maltage.. honey and bread gave additional support.. very, very bitter as the drink progressed (but it lacked direction).. peppery alcohol notes and more mint around.. long, rather sweet (but still very bitter) finish. Medium-bodied and surprisingly slick on the palate.. hot, but not too bad considering ABV and style.. the bitterness was sharp and off-putting at times.. Iíd be curious to try a fresher sample.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
reddish amber, opaque body. quickly diminishing off-white head with spotty lacing. rather bitter hop bit and strong alcohol presence. unappealing malt body. meh.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a medium copper with thin head. Taste is caramel malts and dark fruit. Light floral hops comes through, and it finishes with a big lingering bitterness. Significant alcohol burn comes through. This could even out nicely in a year or so, but right now it was just a bit muddled.
popery (1975) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Itís been about 15 months since I purchased the bottle. I donít know if itís significantly worse fresh, but this is a big, rich barleywine at this point and itís quite nice. The beer is a pretty standard red-tinged amber with a small head fading to a bit of lacing. The aroma is particularly good - vanilla, caramel malt, a touch of lingering citric hops, cognac around the edges and an almost koelsch-like vinous quality. The grape aroma is all sweet, little champagne grapes and adds a lot. The flavor has that silky, smooth sweetness of residual sugars that have slowly oxidized. The mouthfeel could be a touch creamier but itís still good. Itís really quite nice at this point. I almost want to try a fresh bottle to understand some of the lower scores. Iím not sure why this beer would rate lower than Old Guardian or Green Flashís barleywine.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a clear reddish copper color with a one finger white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of booze, caramel, toffee, raisins, hints of dark ripe fruit, molasses. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of phenol, caramel, honey, toffee, light floral hops. Generally medium body with a pleasing malty finish. This one smells better than it tastes.