AdamDaily (9) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 11, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loved this barleywine. Itís sweet, but I like a real sweet brew from time to time. Itís a nice dark brown, with a full body and thick mouthfeel. The aroma leaves something to be desired; thatís where the alcohol makes itself known. The first taste Is caramel, fig, toasted nut, and a dull orange flavor (not tangy.) As I progress through the beer, thereís more coffee there. I didnít find the finish very dry at all. Itís a pretty sticky brew the whole way through. Itís highly drinkable/enjoyable, and despite the fairly high ABV, I never felt like I was getting my ass kicked. Fantastic.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz from Healthy Spirits. Enjoyed during the JCB family reunion in SF. Rock on! Fairly bright brown pour, lively bubbles and a crisp head. Abundant aroma of toffee malts and port-like fruits, suggesting a youthful English style barleywine. Body was medium, with a crisp semi-dry finish that seemed a tad disjointed given how confection-like the beer tasted. Nice flavors of plum and fig in the general malty mix, with some faintly detectable hops and a bit of oak and leather for character. A decent enough version of the style but not so memorable in the end.
doublebock (521) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color with thick head. Robust floral bouquet mixed with with strong and sweet malty aroma. Taste of raisins, port, fresh bread with plenty of hops at the end to balance out the strong alcohol.
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish-amber color topped with a thin foam that tapers off to the sides. Cherries, plums, red licorice, toffee in the aroma. For the most part the flavor follows with no real surprise although here I pick up; dough, sweet toffee, brown sugar, plums, with light citrus hops in the finish. A little too sweet and cloying. This lacks excitement, and is too sugary, but still a decent drinking barleywine.
brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into snifter. Color is dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is of sweet malts and some hops come through at the end. Mouth feel is smooth with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet malts with a slightly hot finish. Decent bwine.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange brown pour. Mildly fruity, brown sugar aroma with a little bit of hops to it. Tastes sugary, slightly metalic, earthy, nutty. Moderately heavy stick body. Fairly smooth and easy drinking. A nice, pleasantly complex example of the style.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cookie dough, orange candy, caramel. Light tobacco, earth. Amber orange pour, thin white ring around the edges. Fruity flavors, good amounts of orange candy, caramel, little iced tea, nice sweet/dry balance. Drinkability is high for style. Enjoyable.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled in a 22oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy brown head. Aroma is very sweet actually. The taste is a bit harsh for a barleywine. Perhaps its very fruity but it doesnt hep with the drinkability. Overall a little disappointed here. I love Marin Brewing normally. I aged for about a month.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, courtesy Beerlando. This pours a mostly clear, deep reddish amber color topped by a small, foamy tan head. The aroma is pretty sweet with notes of the swet toffee and bready malts to go with hints of dark fruits, and light citrus hops. The flavor follows with the sweet toffee and bread malts forming the base with notes of raisins, dark melons, and some light citrus hops on the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel from all the residual sugar. This was tasty enough, but nothing too impressive.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours mostly clear, with a very light haze. The reddish-amber body is topped with a small crown of frothy, khaki colored foam. Skinny lines and micro spots of lacing mark the glass. The aroma shows quite malty and sweet, notes of moderately toasted toffee, biscuit, and sweet bread dough forming the base. Hints of melon and mild grapefruit form a hop profile that just canít keep pace with the malts. Flavors primarily follow suit, again showing sweet bread, toast, and dough, this time adding in some golden raisin and sugary date sweetness. Fruity melon and citrus hops come through softly on the finish. The palate sports a medium-full body, with most of that heft coming from the residual sugars. It finishes off sticky, somewhat cloying, and warm. This one just didnít really impress me all that much.