rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled tonight at the new brewhouse. A really ice caramelized Barleywine. The barrel flavors are there and really drinks nice.
bytemesis (4138) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Pours hazy reddish hazel, small creamy beige head that dissipates leaving nice residual and lacing. Aroma is malty, dark sugars, a bit of cherry, vanilla. Flavor is quite sweet, out comes the bourbon with lots of dried fruits and dark sugars, date, prune, cherry, some oak, vanilla. Light bitterness and some ABV burn, but actually not bad. Full body, creamy, perhaps a bit chalky mouthfeel. Really solid effort. Kudos guys.
barn0216 (483) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a murky caramel color with some red hues, dusting of foam on the surface but that?s it. Sweet aroma, cherry, almond dominate, tootsie roll chocolate, faint scent of alcohol. Flavor: alcohol for sure, sweet malt, cherry, some roast and nutty qualities, ash. Long finish with the alcohol and ash components. Reminds me of Firestone-Walker XVI. Lots of flavors cranked to 11. A hedonistic beer. Far exceeded my expectations.
bhensonb (12048) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber No. 012 of 700 from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours dark ruddy copper with a transient beige head. Aroma of mild brown sugar, bourbon, and rather plummy dark fruit. Nearly full bodied. Flavor is brown sugar, vanilla, medium dark fruit - like dates - and finally some woody astringency. Not much of that, as itís rather malty, but somehow it just doesnít seem all that sweet. Even with a suggestion of treacle coming along. And whereís the heat? Iím not even getting much of a gullet burn. This is mouthsmacking ale. Finishing extremely delicious.
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured up at the 2010 Toronado Barleywine Festival with brownish amber body with weak tan head. The mild aroma has bourbon and aged caramel covered oak as well as a mild alcohol medicinal smell. The taste is definitely bourbon barrel aged with robust bourbon notes moving into a mixture of mild oakiness, molasses, prunes, ripe cherries and sugar stewed raisins. The sweet dark fruitiness is kind of subdued with the bourbon booze far more forward followed by mild smooth oak notes. Nice barrel forward beer that still allows rich tasty dark fruity esters to seep out.
yespr (33872) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours cloudy dark orangeto deep hazzlenut brown with a fully gone head. Aroma is dark malty, slight phenolic and dry. Dry malty and distinct phenolic belgian yeasty flavoured. Dry and slight spiced into the finish. Slight spiced and dry.
nickd717 (3601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine Fest 2010. As the top Devilís Canyon rater on this site (really impressive I know), I felt like I had to give this one a shot. I instantly regretted it, not because it was terrible, but because it was mediocre and there were a lot better options available. Pours clear dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is caramel malt, whiskey, and booze. Wow, lots of booze here. Flavor is also pretty hot and boozy. I love Heaven Hill rye, but it didnít do much here, although it was detectable. You canít save an unimpressive beer by -bal aging it in the barrels of a good rye I guess. Some caramel malt and roast as well. Medium-full body with the ABV not very well-hidden. This is 16% but seems like itís above 20%.
DenverLogan (856) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Celebratorís 20th Anniv. party. Supposedly this batch is almost 18%! Aged for two years in oak barrels. Some sour, funky, pinot and chardonnay notes...strange fruit, slight rye and sour mash, alcohol, vanilla, wood. Rich and tasty overall...I went back for seconds!
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark fruit and alcohol nose with a bit of indistinct spice. Vanilla, oak and alcoholic on the palate. Hot and cloying finish.
jazz88 (2585) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Bistroís 1st Annual Barrel Aged Festival 11-11-2006. Cherry aroma with a tart fruit flavor. Smooth, vanilla and warming. Hides the 16% abv extremely well.