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 (1284) - 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 (438) - 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 (2210) - 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.
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber pour with light tan head and lace. Aroma of light raisins, sweet malt, and a hint of abv. Light flavor of dark fruit, nice sweet malt, smooth even warmth. Smooth bodied with nice carbonation as well.
zizzybalubba (1380) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Logan’s 2009 pre-GABF Party. Light brown pour. Oak and bourbon aromas. Beautiful blend of vanilla and pineapple flavors. This one was outstanding. Loved it.
ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear reddish brown with off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, booze. Similar taste.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Lithy’s Septemberfest Tasting. Nice dark chestnut clear pour with tan small head. Nose of sweet plums and very mellow alcohol. Solid example. Very nice barleywine/
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, shared at Derek’s. Pours apricot orange with a slim white head. Aroma is of sweet fruit, caramel malt, and faint nuttiness. Palate is full-bodied, smooth and almost chewy. Flavors level on a fairly sweet note, but it is decently balanced and quite fruity. Apricot and plum are featured. Not a whole lot of complexity to this one, but with clean sweet malt and floral hops both clearly discernable, it is at last tasty.