Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orangy amber with a light tan head. Sweet and malty, mishmash of different flavours that donít necessarily complement one another.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep orange amber in color with a little tan head. Citrusy and hoppy aroma. Oranges and grapefruits. Flavor is citrusy and very mild with wood notes. Finish is bitter. Sour. Medium bodied. Decent beer.
Ernest (6425) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, Pumphouse fest, March 2006.
Head is mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of toffee and alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber (courtesy of LarryPitonka). Brown with a small head. Aroma is mostly soap and some hops. Taste is mellowed out as itís not too hoppy at all. Fresh blood oranges and raw wood taste. Theres an off taste like a weird sourness that I cant put my finger on.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich orange body. Woody nose with sweet orange notes. Bitter palate lended a peppery sweet [unknown word from notes]. Slightly skunked.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to LarryPitonka: Pours a clear copper orange mahogany with a fine lacing light tan head. Sweet sugary caramel malty aroma has a good dose of green citrusy hops and some mild oak. Body starts with a nice semi-sweet caramel maltiness with some mild grapefruity hoppy flavor before a dry, bittersweet, lightly warming finish. Any oak character is very subtle, but overall the beer is pretty well balanced. Definitely not as massive as some other barleywines, but it is enjoyable.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Hazy orange-caramel color. Quickly diminsihing off white head. Aroma is fruiy and woody but the wood is subdued. Flavor is nicely balanced between hop bitterness and sweet woody oakiness. Full creamy palate.
PhillyBeer2112 (2567) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2005 Reserve French Oak: Oaky, but a clean fresh woody aroma, almost minty (so is that characteristic of french oak? I think this might be my first). Fruity aroma, with dark fruit, plums. A touch of phenols too, also banana and pineapple. Rummy. A very mild floral hop character. Much less sweet than the aroma leads you to expect. Dry and peppery. Spicy and leafy. Dry and hot finish. Clear pale amber, no head, light carbonation.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
must...rate...to...style... Iím very impressed. Itís not nearly as strong tasting as most Barley Wines. With most of this style I like to rush out and get several bottles to see how they age, but I gotta say, this tastes wonderfully aged straight out of the bottle.Very nicely done!
Appearance is a cloudy amber with virtually no head which is fine for the style, but a touch of lace would have been nice.
Aroma is is of dark fruits and... Damn, ever have a problem where every time you try to smell the beer you end up taking a sip before you get a good read? Thereís a hint of hops in there and maybe a touch of spice likely from the wine barrels. Itís very subtle and quite mellow.
Flavor is smooth and mellow with some dark fruits (raisens, prunes mostly) and a hop presence that lingers but it hard to pinpoint. This is an extremely well-balanced beer.
Palate is thick and almost chewy and somewhat crisp for the style as opposed to being sickly sweet. Overall I think this is excellent comparing well with with anything out there. I really donít understand how anyone could give this less than a 4 without ignoring the style. Kudos to Deschutes!
Ratman197 (10328) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber 2005 poured a clear dark amber with a small, lasting amber head. Aromas of fruitiness, oak, vanilla and a bit of carmel. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, fruitiness, oak and vanilla with a warming sweet finish.