ryecatcher (822) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, 2012. Pours a nice copper color with almost no head or lacing. Nose is a bit malt, resin and a hint of basement-y dankness. Mouth is Full and creamy, with a tang up front, some oranges and stone fruits, then some breadiness on the back end that fades into an orangey thing with a fair amount of bitterness. This was in my car for a few days (it’s in the 30s here in Chicago) so I might re-rate this after it’s warmed up a bit, but right now I’d give it a solid B.
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taster at the brewery. The part I liked most was Quakerbridge’s creaminess and smoothness. The high abv is unnoticeable and the taste is lightly sweet, low amounts of toffee and moderately hopped. I liked that it had a satisfying mouthfeel and sturdy, relaxed flavor without getting overwhelming or hop-blasted. Rusty orange appearance with a heavy dose of foam on top. This is a solid choice for Thanksgiving and if it weren’t a bit pricey ($10.99 bomber) I would buy multiples for the holiday weekend.
dmac (4208) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade shared at Campground Brewdown. Poured a jazy orange/amber with not much head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, molasses and lsight honey. Medium to fuller mouthfeel that is slightly syrupy and slightly hot with average carbonation. Dry flavor of caramel, molasses, toffee, dry toast, honey and some very dried out citrus rind. Very good.
jredmond (5628) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled at kramer’s Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a deep, amber body with nice white lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel, toffee and sharp grapefruit. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of citrus fruits, caramel, toffee and bready malts.
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012-08-17. Dark amber body is near headless, suggesting the bottle may have been open for a while. Malty aroma with hoppy overtones, lightly resiny, muted citrus. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest caramel malt with pleasant resiny hop character. 7+ Average plus bodied palate. 3+ Decent, bit simple. Bottle, Campground Brewdown 2012
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks dmac. Murky dark amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, some cherry, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, caramel, some bread. Medium-full body, some resin.
Doghair (263) - Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into paint glass from a bomber. Dark orange with a minimal head that quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass. The scent is big hops. Unexpected. None of the sweet malt aroma I normally get from a barley wine. The first taste is very hoppy. Almost an imperial IPA but there’s some malt in there. The finish is unusual. I attribute it to the Falconer’s Flight hops which were new to me. The real taste came through after it warmed a little. Then I got a much nicer hop/malt balance. Sweet, malty, citrus and a nice bitter finish. The palate was nice but a little light. This is a good and somewhat unique Barley Wine. A nice change from the normal malty sweetness most have.
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Maproom 5/5/11. Deep red orange with a thin creamy yellowed white head. Fresh fruit candied aromas pine and grapefruit. Bitter juicy fruits, tropical, lots of pine and grapefruit resin. Bitter and just all around tasty. I don’t know if I got the best version ever, but this is good stuff. 8/5/8/4/16
deyholla (6989) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges and barely remains. Aroma is interesting with a musty sweet grain note with with a bitter hop note that has a bit of pine. Flavor is a bit sweeter up front with a bit of caramel and sweet grains but has a decent amount of pine hops in the finish. Not really for me.
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear red/amber pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of malt, toffee, caramel and some earthy hops. Grassy hop flavor complemented by malt and toffee before an earthy hop finish.