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 (1640) - 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 (2738) - 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 (2579) - 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.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy red/brown with a fizzy off white head that fades fast. Aroma of dates, nuts, caramel, spicy hops and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is mostly sweet with some light bitterness and a very light alcohol taste. Medium to full body with very mild carbonation and a syrupy mouth feel. This is a solid Barley Wine, I can’t think of anything bad about it although there isn’t really a wow factor either.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Septemberfest. Sample from a bottle thanks to decaturstevo. Dark brown-red with an off white beige head. Aroma is raisins, caramel. Taste is caramel, toffee, raisins, sweet, light alc.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love it! The nose is so good I could smell it for days. Rich, deep and hearty. Lots of hops and caramel. Really enjoyable. If your into malty brews these guys are the malt masters.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Reddish amber body, clear, creamy offwhite ring of steadfast head, no lace. Malty aroma with dark fruits, roasted malts and alcohol notes. Full and thick, somewhat sticky, little carbonation, yet dries surprisingly well on finish. Roasted malt throughout with dark fruits and a surprising noble-hop profile that you might expect in a robust pilsner. Light woody character on finish. Lots of mild hops.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Wade’s Wines. Pours murky orangish brown with small light tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, and some booze. Flavor is sweet malts, toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Smooth on palate and a little thin. Lacking carbonation a little. Finishes sweet. Pretty good barley wine.