Nero55 (648) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark copper/amber with very thin head. Aroma of alcohol, vanilla oakyness, and fruit. Medium/full body with some caramel sweetness, alcohol warmth, and a slight bitterness as it warms.
Malaclemys (368) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark copper with very thin white head. Aroma of caramel, earth, fruit, alcohol, and vanilla/ oak as it warms. Taste is caramel, orange, medium alcohol warmth, slight roasted grain, and smokeyness as it warmed. Sweet front with a slightly sweet finish that fades to bitter.
PhilJackson80 (298) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 oz Bomber. The beer pours to a medium amber color with a small white head. The aroma is slightly lighter than expected with notes leather, some earthy notes & a little pine note. The taste was also slightly lighter in body & had a good flavor but not as big as i expected. Overall a good barley wine but needed some aging.
bbbeer (583) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-red with small light tan head. Aroma smoky oak, sweet malts, and piney hops. Full body. Some alcohol but not intrusive. Flavor is smoky as well, the oak is predominant in a wine-like way, and ends with a combination of caramel, citrus, and hops. Complex. A bit harsh? Maybe needs some aging.
EithCubes (4723) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber vintage 2013, at 10.7% abv, Best By: 11/15/18. Nose of heavy caramel and heavy oak, just a touch of smoke, but surprised thereís not too much there overall. Pours reddish-amber with orange lowlights, clear with only a little sediment and a soapy beige head. Taste lightly bitter, relatively dry (though with some little rivulets of sugar complexities), some woody cedar closet type blanket love and a meaty smoke overtone. Lightly fruity with a touch of acetone, but otherwise the alcohol is relatively well-cloistered and done with a bit of class. Lavender and floral tones from the hops, thereís some caramel but in general malt holds up as the biggest strength, and thereís a lightly spicy undertone, donít know if from wood or hops or what. Full body, minimal carbonation. I am loving the wood and smoke character, not an vanilla/oak bomb as predicted, but with a chewy center. A really nice sipper.
EtTuCthulhu (999) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma blends caramel malts, vanilla, and booze, and the appearance is a clear orange with a small white head. The taste is slightly bitter, slightly sour, and a touch sweet, and the palate fuses a slick texture, medium body, flat carbonation, and a fairly abrupt finish. This doesnít taste like a barley wine, and itís really not the best.
sfontain (793) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle shared; around 8 bucks at Kroger, Bridge St., Dublin. Pours a non-hazy dark orange-brown with a rather disappointing small white head with no lasting power. Aroma is lighter than expected, with sugar, raisin; barely some peat. Flavor is heavily malty, sugary, light toast, but shockingly astringent; unpleasant sharp, bitter bite. The alcohol is evident and hidden poorly, and instead of a friendly warmth it has a note of facial cleanser. Weak, too thin, slightly off-putting. Maybe something was wrong with my bottle, I donít know. This would probably improve with a couple years on the shelf. Terribly disappointing. Iíve said for years that Left Hand makes substandard beer, but I have been recently reassured that only their 6-pack beers are lacking; this particular beer reinforces my earlier opinion, which remains that Left Hand is largely not worth drinking.
drjay44 (2577) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2013. BBD 11/16/18. 10.7% ABV. Pours a medium, tiny bubbled, well retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is sweet malts, with light dried fruits (raisin, fig), minimal hops, light vanilla.....taste is light bitterness to start, then slight malt sweetness with raisin, fig, date tones, peach, light wood with hints of vanilla, vinous tones, ending with a very moderate finishing bitterness, with pineapple notes.....mouth feel medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation low with light acid. This is a very, very, young and slightly raw, Barley Wine which should age well. It is more vinous than many. In many ways this is a cross between an English Barley Wine and a Fino Sherry, with the complex malt fruity sweetness being balanced back by the light hops and the wood from the barrel. The longer it breathed the more complex this youngster became. It has a long life in front of it, so make use of the fifth ingredient in Barley Wines, time. BJCP 9/3/16/4/8
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear caramel orange with a minimal white head. Smells of citrus, peach, vanilla. Taste is sweet and moderately bitter - medium oak, peach, citrus. Fairly smooth flavor
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle with an ABV. of 10.7%, The liquor store says they just got this in, so must be a 2013. Pours clear amber with a somewhat quick soapy off white head that dissipates to a sudsy collar. Aroma has a good mix of fruit and woodiness with muted hops and caramel malt in the finish. Taste is boozy wood bark and fruit somewhat burnt flavors with bitter hops burnt caramel malt and more peat smoked booze in the finish. Palate is medium slick and sticky with a warming dry finish. This may mature with time, but Iím not going to buy another to find out.