Ibrew2or3 (7300) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of bvc. Pours murky mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is caramel, cherry, cherry skin, some soured notes, crystal malts and some pine hops. The taste starts with a pulse of sweet malts, crystal malts and a touch of hops before an onslaught of tart and sour yeasty notes take over. A bit too sour and tart overall and ending with bitter hops and then a thin ribbon of roasted malts. A bolder richer brew would have played nice against the sour-tartness. But here it didn’t make it for me. Still plenty drinkable.
markwise (4601) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours thick, heavy brown/ caramel with an off-white head. Nose is caramel, vinegar, and infection. Flavor is malt, some sweetness, vinegar, tartness, and infection. Not enjoyable.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks riversideAK for sending me out this one! Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of nuttiness, caramel, and earthy. Some hoppiness too. Tastes of dark fruits, roast, citrus, lighter earthy, and nuts.
BeerBunker (775) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Nice lacing. Lively carbonation. Aroma is of chocolate, caramel, raisins, hops, sugar, and grass. Starts off with a very dry hop character. Has a very sharp booze bite as well, that warms nicely. A decent amount of raisins, caramel, and sugar. Has a toasty/burnt malt backbone that is way more present than I expected. Mouthfeel is creamy and very carbonated. Definitely a sipper. The hops made this taste different, but not in a bad way.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep burnt caramel, reddish hues, moderate to large foamy light beige head, a few rings of lacing.   Heavy malt nose, bready, with what can best be described as a combination of burnt sugar and sour dark pitted fruit.
A little lighter on the tongue, but apparent are a breadiness and slight sour fig/date aspect.   Initially this one was very cloying, but as it warms it doesn’t appear as thick and sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are actually
not as big as I first thought.   Still remains sweet, slight dark pitted fruit, a little burnt caramel, but not as heavy or cloying as when I first popped it.   Warming, but not alcoholic.   The fruitiness aspect does have a
sour tinge to it.   Add more caramel, a little bit more hop and less sourness and then you really have something.   Other than that, worth a try.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bomber - pours clear, reddish brown with tan head fading almost instantly; pretty hoppy on the nose with caramel and harsh sugary malts; some alcohol spice and heat mixed with dry fruitiness; texture is quite thin with obvious heat; sticky, dry finish; raisins, fruit and a little harsh; as it warms it has a strange, off-putting fruit-juice flavor; eh
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Name: Old Clam Digger
Date: September 12, 2009
Appearance: clear very dark amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and fruity dark caramel aroma
Body: big sticky body
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, dark caramel sweetness brings out dark fruits, light balancing earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Score: *** /4
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tacoma Craft Beer Festival - 2009
Aroma: Big malt and alcohol aroma. Fruity big.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color, Clear with a light head.
Flavor: Big alcohol flavor and big malt and fruitiness. Tons of dried fruit and added hops.
Palate: Dry Finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: Big Beer this was glad I had a taster this could have been too much. This will be a killer winter brew.
bvc (1178) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pours a deep brown with ruby tint to it and a creamy khaki head. Nose is a peaty, slightly smokey, cola malt. Also has tobacco with a plethora of dried fruit...cherry, cranberry, apricot, fig and some raisin. Also getting caramel with some warming alcohol notes. Doesn’t taste as complex as the nose, but that isn’t really to a fault. Roasty malt, mellow sweet fruit and tobacco. Some citrus hop that I didn’t get on the nose at all but it is working out pretty nicely. As riversideAK noted this is a light drinking barley wine that doesn’t have that huge surpy mouthfeel and isn’t overly sweet. Good stuff.
riversideAK (5730) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose is rather complex and pleasant. Lots of roast, dark fruit, sweet cherries, some citrus and earthy nop nots as well. Pours dark brown with red highlights and a creamy tan head. Roast, dark fruits, a good deal of sweetness, light smoke, some hops in the finish - earthy bitterness, and light citrus finishes this one out. I found this to be exceedingly drinkable for a barleywine, and at 8.4% it is more or less barleywine light. Although drinkability is not important when considering palate in barley wine style guidelines, I like that I could drink 2-3 bombers of this and still function moderately well. Good stuff Harmon.