msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Binny’s Des Plaines. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, booze, dark fruits, and hops. Flavors of caramel, toffee, bit of bread, dark fruits, booze, and a ton of bitter hops. Hops are almost overdone, making this quite the sipper. Not bad.
douglas88 (5465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. I remember this show, so it’s cool to drink the beer- what an epic beard Stouffer had! Pours a mostly clear dark red color with a medium beige head. A sweet nose of vinous notes with caramel and toasted malts. The flavor is a rich fruity and dry brew, some strawberries, sugars, toffee, just loads of toffee, even a citrus and bitter hop bite. Nice.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured a lovely shade of amber with a creamy, well-retained khaki head.. looked great! The aroma picked up black pepper, clove, and earthy notes over toasted, slightly aged caramel.. rich veins of earth and citrus hoppage accented most excellently.. rye and molasses touch the back of the nose.. good, but the hops and rye were a tad too assertive. The flavor found warm molasses, caramel, and dark fruity maltage at the core.. very bitter around, with pine resin leading.. lots of residual sugars too.. more peppery off the back. Medium-plus bodied on the palate.. very hoppy, with only OK balance against sugars and warmth.. hot from the booze and spicage.. long, warm, satisfying finish. Not great, but a decent drinker.
jtclockwork (6902) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to secret Santa. Pours dark caramel. Tan head. Nose and taste of caramel, toffee, date pits, barley and candi sugar. Taste has a lot of dry fig and date pits with malted barley as the body. Very dry pit finish. Medium body.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to HOPSHUNTER for sharing this barleywine I haven’t even heard of, very cool. The bomber pours brilliant deep dark copper with off white head. The aroma has some apple and dark fruity esters followed by earthiness, pine and spicy hops. The taste is bold with rich pine hops that roll toward earthy hops and spicy hops. To midway and into the finish additional notes of malts and roasted malts join in and help take this into the after taste. Solid American Style Barleywine.
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
AROMA: Piney hops, brown sugar, plums, toffee malt, & boozey.
APPEARANCE: Hazy burnt amber, off white head that dissipates leaving some skim and a ring around the glass.
TASTE: Piney hops, bitter, grapefruit, slight malt taste, but the hops dominate.
PALATE:Medium bodied, slick texture, average carbonation. Finishes bitter!
OVERALL: A pretty solid offering from Half Acre. I’m glad I got to try it - this is definitely a sipper. There is fair amount of boozey taste to this one.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Clear burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The tropical, fruity bouquet supplies dried mango, peach and orange. Full-bodied and milky with lazy carbonation. The flavor has great bitterness intermingled with sweet toffee. More bitter than sweet. Finishes moderately bitter and tannic. Bottle courtesy of landhoney. Thanks, Seth!
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a cloudy amber orange color with a light tan. Nice lace lacy on the glass. Lots of notes; orange, caramel, booze, and toffee. Medium mouthfeel. Caramel and orange. Hoppy but not overly bitter. Pretty good, one dimensional and not overly complex but easy drinking. Nice lace.
Cavie (3630) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy beige head. Aroma is very hoppy. Pine needles and sappy notes. Flavor is hoppy and bitter. Dry sappy notes and tree leaves. Piney. Finishes hoppy.
dcschiller (2197) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(I brought this to Dak’s Memorial Day tasting. Courtesy of jcnd9803!). Pours a hazy apricot-orange color with a tan head. Aroma has dank hops and is quite perfumey. Taste is sweet with some noticeable bitterness. Thin bodied with an oily texture. Bitter finish. I would have prefered a little more sweetness in this barleywine to counteract the bitterness.