riversideAK (5625) - 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 can’t 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 didn’t really impress me all that much.
hopscotch (9059) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Mostly clear blood orange ale with no head. Very malty, biscuit nose – toffee and Luden’s honey cough drops. Full-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Gooey, sweet blend of caramel, honey and toffee. Subtle hops. Lengthy malty finish. Kudos to Beerlando for sharing the bottle!
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle just picked up from the brewpub thanks to larryLSB. Dark reddish brown with a small beige head. Quite fruity in the aroma with lots of yeast esters. Dried fruits, deep melaniodins and a touch of sherryish oxidation. Plenty of bread-crust. The flavor has some sweet malty character with a lot of crusty melaniodins and a touch of caramel. Some hop bitterness, but it’s mostly modest and contributes little other flavor. Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Fruity and malty, but relatively restrained on the crazy caramel that some end up with. Almost seems like a doppelbock with fruitier yeast notes. Not the powerhouse that its barrel-aged sibling is, but makes for a very solid base beer. Rich, but still relatively drinkable.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep reddish with a hint of brown with no head. Super sweet nose and flavor. A bit cloying and sticky with toffee and brown sugar. Smooth palate, just too sweet.
dchmela (2631) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Pours reddish brown. Rough big hop aroma. Big malt taste with a nice hop presence. Good brew.
sloth (2464) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized tan head with good retention and lace. Lightly hazy amber brown color. Fruity nose, caramel malts, light graininess. Med/full body, nicely chewy, lightly oily, buttery. Good malt flavors, medium sweet caramel, some dark fruits, raisins a little plummy, woody, earthy notes. Hops have faded but still some piney notes available. Lasting, almost dry finish. Tastey. Bottle that has some age on it. Thanks to DirtyMartini for the trade, thanks Larry!
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Linkery. Pours a dark brown hue with a thick tan layer of foam and a spattering of lacing. Nose is a mix of fruity esters and syrupy sweet malts. Flavor is thick rich malts up front followed by dark fruit esters, the body is very cake-like with bready malts, hints of grassy-earthy hops, finishes slightly sweet. Medium-full body, light carbonation, thick texture. A malty sweet barleywine, middle of the road for the style.