50belair (2166) - Florida, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky copper pour with an off white head. Caramel malt aromas. A little on the watery side with some bitterness. Strange, after 2 years I would have thought the hops would have dissipated. A little bland, a little hoppy, and in general just not my idea of a great barley wine..
solidfunk (3658) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011. Smells hoppy, malty and boozy. Pours reddish orange with decent creamy head and some decent lacing. Strong barley bitterness and roast malt. This is a bit of a booze bomb - especially at first. It winds down and evens out as it warms up though. Alright. Very well priced at $4.50 a bottle.
wheresyourball (487) - El Cajon, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber shared with Steve, Austin and Jasen. Pours dark orange with a small head. Smells like malt, hops, vanilla. Taste is sweet, malty with hops and vanilla. Mouthfeel is thin. Decent.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a really cloudy, dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Slight leathery malt aroma with subtle earthy hops caramel malt and dark fruit. Somewhat floral with a faint grassy pine character followed by caramel, toffee, raisin, fig and sweet booze.
Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very dry and bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a boozy finish. Lots of sticky hops up front that are somewhat stale at this stage followed by leathery malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. A decent amount of sweet boozy flavor in the finish but the high ABV is actually pretty well masked. Overall, this beer is easy to drink but it’s kind of bland and not very memorable.
laiti (5515) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65 cl bottle reserve 2011 @ vPBF, no BBE info
Aroma is a bit weird and stale with some vanilla and berries. Flavour is rather harsh with nettles, some gooseberry bush and hints of fruits. Very thin for this ABV. It seems that the hops here have gone not‐so‐fresh and nothing nice has been gained in return.
olio (5896) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
65 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours hazy amber color with minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, mild caramel, toffee and nettle. Flavor of caramel, ripe fruits, mild alcohol notes, a bit juicy and bland.
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@vPBF2012. Deep amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some alcohol, some mild grass. Flavour is being rather similar in a quite nice way.
TBone (12425) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 660ml (vPBF, vintage 2011)
Deep amber color, small white head. Madeira wine, barley in the nose. Medium-bodied. Some caramel, very harsh, aggressive hoppyness, some alcohol, short finish.
lusikka (5995) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
Pours a dark amber colour with a foamy white head. Aroma of sweet malts, orange and green apples. Flavour of sweet malts, green apples. harsh bitter hops, grains, grass and some citric tartness. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a grainy, harsh, malty, bitter finish. Unbalanced.
tiong (3647) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle @ vPBF
Pours dark orange with a tiny head.
Aroma of malts, hints of glue, fruity hops, hints of vanilla.
Taste is sweet and sugary with notes of malts, harshly dry and bitter hops, hints of vanilla. Finish is harshly bitter with notes of malts and hints of vanilla. Thin bodied, but bitter. Decent, a bit unbalanced barley wine.