dlovell2 (1014) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber almost ruby color with an off white head. Aroma is very sweet caramel, candied fruit, dried plums, and an earthy pine flavor with some alcohol vapors. Flavor is big sticky sweet caramel, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Finishing with a dry pine hoppiness. Alcohol is really masked. At 6.99 a bomber this is a steal. Bottle defines it best as a Mondo Ultra Super Premium Barleywine Ale.
b33r (692) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep ruby color with large cream colored head. Aroma is wonderful, candy malts, sweet and woody. Flavor has great robust malts, sweet caramel, smooth, mellow, and a hoppy kick at the end. So rich and flavorful, and at only $6/bomber, it blows away so many of the overpriced brews.
skmikeg (1124) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep reddish amber with a one finger tan head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is of candied fruits, caramel, toffee, pine, sweet malts, bread pudding, and some dark fruits. Taste is dark fruits, pine, candied fruits, toffee, bread pudding, sweet malts, citrus, caramel, and just a little booze. Has a medium-full body with a very creamy, chewy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long, lingering, slightly warming finish. Overall, a very nice barleywine that is pretty complex and well balanced.
BOSSbrewer (2256) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a BOSS meeting. Pours a clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma is very hoppy with some malt. Flavor is very bitter with some maltiness. Too hoppy for me. Very dry. I didn't like this too much.
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Thisis12ptfont (936) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar, deep malts, maple syrup, molasses, dark fruits, red wine grapes, sugared caramel and a touch of smoke. Appears a dark crimson amber with a thin white foam. Taste is initially sweet with sugared caramel, sugared dark fruits, sugared plums, sugared raisins, molasses, barley, wheat, oats, grains, toffee and burnt caramel. Finishes sweet with a slight boozey bite. Overall, only disappointed just a tad. They should have had more bitter hops to cut through the sweetness but, at $5 for a bomber, I really have no room to complain. A rating.
Barnacle_Ed (26) - Milpitas, California, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour. Nice red-ish amber color. Thin head. Smell of Christmas pudding, caramel, and some fruit I canít quite put my finger on. Taste is complex and excellent; I get toffee, caramel, rye bread, orange peel, and very faint hops. Alcohol masked dangerously well. Definitely a winner in my book.
ryecatcher (904) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a deep burnt-orange, generous off-white head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is fruity hops (peaches, oranges, melons) and some pine, lotta big cakey malt going on in there as well. Mouth... big sticky malt backbone, medium to more-than-medium sweetness, equal degree of balancing bitterness, lots of caramel, orange peel, peaches, burnt sugar, some hay mingling in there. The ABV rears its head on the finish, but itís a barlewine after all, so I expected it would. At this price, I may buy a case and cellar it. Very nice stuff.
mfhennig (76) - - MAR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Color matches the paneling in the "man cave", lets call it mahogany with a small beige head, nice clingy lacing. Aroma of toffee, hops, some dark fruit. Taste follows the aroma. I was expecting some alcohol burn, but this was really smooth, easy drinking and will get you in trouble if not careful.
This is really a GFB.
Patrickctenchi (4458) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear sparkling, deep copper-ruby with a soapy off-white ring.
Beautiful looking pour.....
Aroma of toffee, berries.....
Flavour is toffee/caramel malt, dark fruits, bitter, leafy hops.
Very smooth....moderate alcohol warmth.
574deadzone (1141) - North Central, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a basically clear reddish-burnt orange with a decent sized, tight-bubbled khaki cream head that settles slowly and leaves some intricate spotty, ropey lace, Nose involves some fairly intense alcohol, cherries, some pine, some tropical fruit, some underlying funky dankness, more cherries kinda like cough drops. Pretty sweet, quite bitter. Full bodied, softer action, pretty oily, toward viscous, finishing fruity and bitter, not quite dry. I canít help but feel like this isnít a real barleywine. Itís definitely a hoppy imperial red, but itís just missing a few things. I canít believe that age would improve it either. For what it is, itís drinkable, hoppy, and potent, so fans of sweeter DIPAs would be at home. As a barleywine, it just lacks.