hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and clear amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of dark fruits and caramel. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, some grassiness, and toffee. Thinner body.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent amber with lots of golden notes and a smaller bubbly off white. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, toffee and brown sugar. Flavor of dark fruits, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, lots of hop bitterness. Bitterness really lingers.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy, brownish amber with a thin white head. Caramel and sugar in the nose. Sweet, rich malt flavor. A touch of malt fruitiness with a subtle hop tang. Finish is a little on the twangy side. Pretty good.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber- somehow I think I was drinking this with Beastiefan2k a couple years ago from the look of the post it note found in my pile. Pours a nice deep amber with a thinning fizzy head. Aroma is very sweet, toasted malts, caramel malts, molasses, brown sugar, and fruity esters with slight hops. Flavor is toffee caramel, weak and watereed down overall and the hops get a bit grassy and astringent. Finish is spicy with a good kick of alcohol burn. Not a trainwreck, but not that great.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish amber pour with very little beige head. Aroma is vanilla tobacco and rich dark fruit / fig. Sort of acidic palate, but good dark fruit / fig flavor. Vanilla tobacco undertones in flavor and mild alcohol and bittering hops in the finish. Better than I thought it would be.
anders37 (21924) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a malty dark fruit and hoppy bitter aroma. Sweetish malty hoppy bitter flavor with some hints of dark fruit and caramel. Has a dry malty hoppy bitter finish with a long bitter aftertaste.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled in a 22oz. Pours dark brown, from froth but no head. Palate is a bit rough i feel. Still, good brew, good alcohol content. Iffy if i would try again.
Delirium (645) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours amber-orange with a large, lasting off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with a noticeable bit of roast, and bit of light fruitiness with citrus hops. Flavor is quite woody with resiny citrus hops up front, with a bit of caramel and toffee malt in the background. Odd beer. Malt is a whole bunch of flavors, some complementary and some strange; the hops are somewhat aggressive initially and yet at times seem absent; and it’s not too clear where this is going. Smidgen too much of alcohol. Despite all that, it manages to be rather pleasant to drink, and I’d definitely buy it again.
JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Hopsnobbery Collective barley wine tasting on 3.14.09. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty caramel aroma with a touch of hop. A bit of hop flavor up front with caramel malt and more subtle hop in the finish. One of the better offerings of the evening.
jrmac (333) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The bottle says you will be lucky to walk away from this.....the beer says I am not that big of a beer. Seriously though, this beer is nice and malty with a decent hop bitterness. caramel and toffee notes and really more drinkable then lots of barley wines. For this price it is hard to beat.