Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber picked up at Perry’s in Livermore over a year ago. It pours with a dark mahogany body that supports a dark tan head of foam. The aroma is full up bourbon booze and vanilla as well as just a touch of spicy oak in the background. The taste has sweet malt soaked raisins and prunes and a bit of caramel. It quickly pulls up smooth sweet bourbon thinly ringed by vanilla and ends a little on the dry side. It seems boozy and bourbon-y but the more I drink the more I’m picking up the depth and rich beer notes.
5000 (5980) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Super dark caramel, thin frothy tannish head, little lacing.   Malty nose, sweet, some toffee or caramel notes, slightly green.   Not as malty nor as sweet on the tongue.   Slight astringency, but not strong.   Feels like an English style Barley Wine, but one that isn’t too big or heavy.   Hard to believe this is 10.5% ABV.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   This one really needs to be thicker and heavier, and a bit more biscuit.   It finishes like a watery English style Barley Wine, some caramel/toffee like malt sweetness, little on the side of hop bitterness.   Hides its ABV well, but needs more body.
marcus (5856) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pangaea Bottle Shop, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a robust dark molasses flavor that leaves an alcoholic tingle on the tongue.There is a very bitter anise-like finish. A nice complex sipping beer.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear dark brown with a fizzy white head. Rose and earthy caramel aroma and taste with cereal grain notes. Not bad.
lusikka (5169) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber brown colour with a white head. Aroma of caramel malts, toasted nuts and dark chocolate. Flavour of strong bitter floral hops, dark chocolate, toasted nuts, grass, caramel, grapefruit and syrup. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a sweet, malty, strong bitter finish. Enjoyable.
olio (5123) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours clear dark red color with a minimal head. Aroma of ripe fruits, some mild hops, hay, dark berries, yeast and some mild spices notes. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel malts, toffee notes, yeast, some hints of oak and vanilla. Very good.< br>
laiti (4788) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ olio, no BBE found
Aroma has ripe fruits, American hops, woody notes and vanilla. Flavour has hops, gooseberry bushm fruits, resin and somewhat harsh malt. Barley wine in American way. This one has sometihng common with Cuvee de Tomme – but this is not that intensive. Good stuff anyway.
IrishBoy (3722) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2013 Bomber from BevMo Salinas. Nose is toffee, brown sugar, and hints of roast, vanilla, and floral hops. Hazy brown with a medium, long lasting, lightly lacing tan head. Flavor is sweet golden raisin pie, hints of bitterness and vanilla, with a mixed sweet and bitter finish with a touch of bourbon.
DYCSoccer17 (3205) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Vintage 2011. Barrel-aged. The aroma on this has a good deal of really nice bourbon-y notes to it. Light chocolate and some molasses are also present behind the bourbon character. Nice vanilla hints, too. Extremely quaffable. Scantly transparent mahogany body with a smallish off-white head and good oily, legging present. Starts with bourbon character, before there is some sweet caramel chewiness. Lightly buttery mouthfeel with perhaps some diacetyl in the middle. Becomes a bit roasted in the middle. Finishes with some nice tobacco and leathery flavors and has a small amount of ethanol. I really solid beer. My one complaint would be that this beer seems a little thin. Still, a hell of a beer.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle, barrel aged Vintage 2011. Darkish brown with a foamy beige head. Nose is caramel and light bourbon. Medium body with a tingle. Taste is bourbon, caramel and bitter hops. Bourbon up front with a bitter finish. Least dynamic of the brews in this barleywine tasting but still quite good.