HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Not the most balanced barley wine. Pours with a nice copper color and a faint head. Aromas of alcohol mainly, same with the flavor. Cloyingly sweet and very pronounced alcohol notes withe a bit of malts and caramel.
robertjm (762) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours frothy bubbly head, which doesn’t last too long. Cross between amber and yellow in color. Kind of hazy. Malty nose with tones of alcohol. VERY pronounced alcohol in flavor, with a hoppy aftertaste. Body is average, not overly thick like some barleywines can be. Hopes are there, but not crazy like in a Bigfoot. Heavy alcohol in the aftertaste and on the palate.
CampesinoTino (753) - 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. I’d recommend aging this one for a while to let the alcohol mellow out.
ChazMania (652) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Umm, well, this was really disappointing on many fronts. It seemed to pour and look decent, but on first sip, geez louise, I thought it was alcohol with a little malt/hop flavor mixed in. I love beer, all kinds of beer, I’m always searching for something new and inspired to taste. I’m sorry friends, I’m pouring out this bomber, I can’t drink it. There are too many tasty other offerings to enjoy and I can’t muster the will power to pound through this whole 22oz.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - 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.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A decent barleywine. Very hoppy up front with a lingering warmth from the ample (10.6%) alcohol. I would like to try this again when the weather is cooler.
Floback (523) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours an opaque orange amber with oily, spotty lacing and a tiny rim of froth for a head. The aroma is sweet with citrus and piney hops. Flavors are blatantly boozy with a strong alcoholic presence and notes of pine resin, subtle caramel, nuts, and green apple. Medium carbonation and full body. Not bad, but they could have tried to hide ther ABV better for an easier drink.
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle- color of translucent mahogany, with a good cream colored head - nose of nice hops, brown sugar , and alcohol – taste of slight hops , molasses , prunes , and way too much alcohol - body is creamy with some texture when one get past the alcohol burn , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of raisins , slight hops , red fruit , caramel , and alcohol – this beer is green defiantly needs age
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a murky, hazy gold. Aroma of honey, dark fruits, and alcohol. Thin mouthfeel, a bit watery. Big citrus hop taste with a nice cookie malt balance. Bitter finish clings to the tongue.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours darker amber with a quick off-white head. Nose is floral hops, maple syrup and lots of booze. Bizarre flavor: a strong, almost chocolately malt sharply changes to bitter hops on the back without either developing properly. Not a good combination. Alcohol is also unhidden and makes for an unpleasant finish. Sub-standard for such a well-regarded style.