ekoerper (581) - Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Release #1. Aroma: big, rich caramel note, toffee, lots of hoppy pine and citrus, notes of sherry, dark fruits. Pours amber/orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer of foam. Massive malt profile - caramel, toffee, molasses, toasty grains, fairly sweet. Malt is balanced by a hefty dose of hops, which are still providing lots of aromatics and flavor even though this is probably beyond a year old. Grapefruit and pine, firm bitterness. Nice warming alcohol, bordering on a bit boozy, also slightly spicy. Full body, medium carbonation. Nice.
Ughsmash (6968) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, Release #2, thanks to Connie! Poured a lovely shade of fiery orange with a couple fingers’ worth of beige head.. this looked really nice. The aroma picked up warm, darker fruits, toasty oak, and sweet molasses undertones.. dank earthy and fruity hops around.. a little too aggressive with sherry notes on the back-end, but solid overall. The flavor found sweet caramel, molasses, and whiskey-y notes at the core.. lots of fruity, greener hoppage around as well and peppery alcohol.. finished oily and spicy, and it sure warmed up the belly. Heavier-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. syrupy and oily at times as mentioned.. just an OK feel and flow.. overall some tasty stuff that was a tad raw.. maybe a cellar candidate.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sledutah - Secret Santa 2011. Release #1. Pours dark caramel color with tan head. Aromas of caramel malts and pine. Dark fruits and sweet caramel flavors with some pine hops. Medium to full body with soft carbonating and a syrupy mouthfeel. Nice. Thanks Craig.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a deep shade of mahogany with a light khaki head. Nose is of some dark fruits and some brown sugar. Taste is nearly bready with a little bit of a sweet finish. Smooth on the tongue, but nothing too impressive.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop aromas followed by sweet malt. Pours brown with a small white head. Flavors of toffee balanced by hops. Alcohol is well integrated. Overall a pretty solid barleywine.
jrob21 (2285) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle from bestway. A really nice barley wine that combines the best of a hoppy ipa with a full bodied and malty profile. A citrusy grapefruit and lemon peel aroma that is bright and cheery. Full bodied flavor with a lot of malt and caramel. A little boozy and a little molasses. Slight and adding some depth and rounding out the mouthfeel well. Finish is bright hops again and fruity. Citrusy with some lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Really well made and well balanced.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bottle, Release #1: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel nose with some light fruity notes and lots of fresh citrusy hops. Starts with good fullness and sweet light caramel malt with a good balance of fresh hop flavor and bitterness and some light fruity complexity before a slight drier and warming bittersweet finish. True to style and should age well.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2012 Bottle. Pours a hazy copper with a large, beige head. Aroma of pine hops and caramel. Flavor of pine hops and caramel with notes of bread, dark fruits and a hint of citrus. Very hoppy for a barleywine but not overly complex.
GODiSSOUTHERN (341) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown. Toffee dominates this one. brown sugar, caramel. Really nice smooth but strong hop finish with some alcohol as well.
Drake (7836) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Release #1 bottle from Whole Foods Market P Street, which means I’ve had it several months. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, brown sugar, citrus hops and faint nutty notes. The taste is brown sugar, toffee, citrus, molasses, bitter finish and faint alcohol warmth. Medium-full bodied. Nice.