bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a cream head. Yeast and light tart aroma with light earthiness. Caramel and yeast flavor with light brett. Medium bodied. Caramel and yeast lingers with light brett.
peteinSD (958) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a murky brown/red with a slick of tan foam. Aroma is tart cherry, dry brett, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon. Taste is tart fruit up front followed by bourbon with vanilla, some brett, darker raisin and sweet malt, and more dry brett with bourbon and a prickle from the alcohol. Smooth, coasting mouthfeel. The brett is secondary to the tart fruit flavors and bourbon. Very unique and enjoyable barley wine.
Huhzubendah (1980) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Matt, courtesy of Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
A: Hazy, reddish brown color with very little head. The head hastily withers to a thin, wispy layer and leaves virtually no lacing.
S: Sweet malts, toffee, alcohol, an atypical scent that must be brettanomyces. I am quite unfamiliar with brett in this context, and find this beer quite intriguing.
T: The beer is decent tasting. The flavor is unusual, but not off-putting, like I feared. Of course, it’s malt heavy with some nice toffee notes. Bourbon comes through in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation and warming alcohol in the finish.
D: A fun and interesting beer. I’d have this again. This is a good bottle to share a few ways.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-02-2011
bhensonb (8997) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 (see picture) bomber shared by IrishBoy. Pours very dark brown with a transient beige head. Aroma of sour brett and cherry. Med+ body. Flavor is sour chocolate cherry. Brown sugar in the background. Excellent.
marcus (5011) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber with red wax shared by IrishBoy. Pours brown with a thin beige head and a cherry and alcohol aroma. There is a chocolate cherry flavor over a sturdy sweet malt base with a bourbon finish. Nicely aged and a good use of brett.
IrishBoy (3618) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from iowaherkeye. Nose is berries, bretty funk, toffee, and bourbon. Clear very dark brown with a medium tan head. Flavor is toffee, fruity, light sweetness, only a slight bit of brett, and candisugar.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy dark plum color with a half finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spotty lacing.
Sweet, slightly boozy aroma with a decent barrel presence countered by leathery malt, toffe and dark fruit. Hints of dry oak, bourbon, vanilla and spice followed by notes of dark cherry, plum and grape.
Medium bodied with a strong barrel presence that slightly overpowers the other notes. Lots of dry oak and alcohol flavor but not much heat, vanilla or sweet bourbon. Could use more body and bourbon flavor. The barleywine flavor is overpowered with subtle leathery malt, toffee and caramel and there’s also a strong dark fruit presence. Becomes more complex but as it warms but is still lacking in bourbon flavor. It is becoming more dry and spicy but still not balanced enough.
Fratto (2328) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is wood spice, alcohol, and a little funky yeast. Taste is malty, musty dark fruit, and a ton of wood, light caramel, and alcohol.
djd07 (2318) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma is brett and bourbon. Medium mouthfeel with caramel and fruity malt. Easy to drink a very complex Barleywine from Marin.
nimbleprop (3004) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a hazy, caramel brown with some cloudy off white head. Nose has caramel, red wine vinegar, sour cherries, ketchup, light wood, some vanilla. Sweet caramel flavor, cereal, vanilla, cherries, coconut, some strawberry, cake icing, brown sugar, wood pulp, toasted oak, some rum. Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, tart finish. Really good.