Drake (8030) - 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 Iíve 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.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #34. Hazy dark orange brown pour. Light malt aroma. Not a lot going on in the flavor department. (2007)
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Samís, Durham. Another enjoyable one from Epic. Not been feeling barleywines a whole lot lately, other than of the aggressively hopped variety. This one certainly fit that bill, though. Nice garnet pour with a lively, rocky head. Aggressive aroma, both heady sweetness and harsh bitterness. Sharp and somewhat boozy palate, but it kind of works with this righteously hopped beer, backed up by a full sweet malt profile that balances out the aggressiveness. Solid BW for sure.
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was release number 1. From the 22-oz bottle it poured a red brown color with a fat tan head and a lot of lacing The nose is roasted malta and ripe fruit .Medium body, lots of alcohol, and powerful mourhfeel. The flavor is very intense with lots of rich malt flavors balanced with flavorful hops. The finish showed a lot of fruit and some bitterness. This one appeared to have some age on it and was simply excellent.
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from Hayduke. We shared it via facebook chat. The beer poured with a bit of haze and it was mid brown in color. A nice cratered head was light tan and left some lacing. The nose was fruit and malt. The flavor had lots of flavors. The first was alcohol and that was unpleasant. Fortunately it didnít last long. Fruit, hops that added more fruit, and a big malt backbone were dominant. I didnít realize how much malt was in here until I licked my lips. They were full of malt tastes. Hops were a nice finishing bonus. They provided some complexity and citrus. This was very nice. I wish the alcohol were cut by 1/3 but the flavor justified it. A good beer in (almost) every way.
dmac (3887) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from EZ. Poured a good looking clear bodied super dark su burnt orange/amber with an average sized super tight foamy light beige head. Aroma is very dry that I would swear this is English styled. Notes of English toffee and caramel on wax paper, honey combs, green veggies, bland toast. Mediu bodied with softer carbonation and a touch of alcohol warming on a syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is similar to the aroma and just very dry overall. Notes of caramel. toffee, raisin, wax paper, reen veggies, dried out old bread. Not bad but I wish it was sweeter than drier.
stimulus (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Release #3: 10.0% abv.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.
A: Pours a deep amber with a 1/2 finger beige head.
S: Caramel malts and bitter hops in the background.
T: Piney hops up front with caramel sweetness in the middle and bitterness on the finish.
M: Heavy body, medium carbonation, little alcohol bite but a cloying finish.
O: I know this is an American-style barleywine, but I feel like the palate and aroma could be improved upon. Iíve tried barleywines with higher ABV that donít taste as much like molasses.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Amber in color, slight haze, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Pale biscuity nose, slight hop, a little muted and dull, faint brown sugar.   Tootsie Roll fruitiness up front, faint cherry I think, with that artificial abomination of chocolate at its center.   Certainly a malty variety, hops arenít too bright or too strong.   Somewhat of a cough syrup flair in this one.   Body and mouthfeel are full to moderate.   Decent maltiness, but low on hops and high on artificialness.   Thanks for the bottle Kevin!
keepersj12 (2627) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very disappointing. Up til now, I have enjoyed the Exponential Series. This was release # 2. Pours a hazy brown with a very thin head. Not much aroma to speak of so I wonít. The flavor had some hops ahead of a malt beginning. The finish was a bit thin. Iím not getting this one.
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared thanks to EZAnt. Pours out a moderate brown color with a slight off white head. Aroma is of caramel, some alcohol, dried fruits. Taste is caramel, toffee, some dried fruits, light earthy notes and some alcohol bite on the finish.