bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours an amber body with a yellowish beige head. Aroma of malt, caramel, and some cherry cough syrup. Flavor of malt, brown sugar, lots of alcohol, and some spices.
JakeBrake (14) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 It’s about as fun as the entertaining drivel on the label would lead you to believe. Rich, sweet, strong alcoholic kick - you can taste the brown sugar, but not overwhelmingly so. Nice mahogany color. As others have noted, it has somewhat of a sour finish, and if you drink these regularly (say 1 a night for a week) the sourness becomes more pronounced and leads to acid stomach. Still, a good beer - I wish I had the discipline to hold on to a few bottles to sample for next year to see if it would improve with age.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had in 22oz bottle. Pours red in color with a dark beige head that hangs on to large amounts of lace in the glass. Aroma is light grapefruit, malt, and alcohol. Flavor comes on strong with a good malt presence and strong alcohol note, a slightly medicinal and bitter finish. Aftertaste is dry and leaves the sugary and sticky impression in the mouth. Not quite as sweet as the label would have you believe.....it does have some flavor of brown sugar, but this is a mouthfull for sure though. Not quite refined but has good amounts of flavors to it. A little too much cough syrup taste for me.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
04.03.05 Bomber. Fiery, dark amber pour with middling and creamy tan head that fades to a trace. Smells barley wine-ish, but not hoppy at all and too much alcohol. The flavor is very sweet from front to back, especially sweet on and after the finish. Bready malts are really pumped up and readily overwhelm any chance a hop might have of coming through to visit the palate. Some orange/berry, but fragrant as with a tea. Hints of cocoa. Interesting, but not exciting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice shiney ruby color. Thin creamy off-white head that leaves a dusty coating / ring. Aroma is good, but nothing exceptional. Nice hop aroma bite... piney orange with sweet caramelly malt with some leather. Mouthfeel and balance is a little off-kilter. At first it seems watery, but it has some underlying syrupy/resiney hops. Taste is mostly malty and peppery orange/pine hops. The finish approaches a sweet / dry woody thing. As for balance, the orange hops are deviating from the pine and approaching sour. The sugary malt is there for a decent amount of balance, but it just seems like that; sugary malt.
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Orange/amber ale with a small, fizzy, khaki head. Decent retention. Wonderful, multi-layered, stratus lacing. Grapefruit, sweat, toffee and alcohol aroma. Sweet, malty, alcoholic flavor. Lots of hops, but good lord, does the alchohol bite and bites hard. Bittersweet. Full-bodied and oily with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, alcoholic finish. Way green and overwhelming. They should throw this stuff in a barrel for about five years; then you’d have a beer with promise.
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours amber with a yellow tinted white head. british hop smell that is somehow dusty dirty with a pinch of pine. sweet strawberry taste with some chocolate. wondeful sweet finish. overall a light and fruity barleywine.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - MAR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Beautiful body with a thin head. Taste-low bitterness, raisin, sugar, molasses, grass, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, and chicory. Great hops use with perfect sweetness.
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got a large bottle of this at American Beer Distributor in Brooklyn, NY. Prominent alcohol taste, and you can taste the brown suger. Bit of a bitter aftertaste-- this almost tastes like an ESB. I can see where some people would really love it-- I don’t, but I do like it.
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of those beers that some will love while others hate. Had it right off the bottling line before it got a label. Thought it was a brown ale, and then after a few pulls realized I had some alcohol going on. Complex, alcohol/sweet balance, with some almost corn liquor things happening. Hard to categorize. Good beer. Like some Belgians, does not overtly show the high alcohol. I’d want some in my cellar on occasion.