mrhoppy (1181) - 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 (436) - 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 (2187) - 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 (4414) - 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 (1254) - 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 (3583) - 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 (1519) - 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.
alexanderj (3198) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish brown. Creamykhaki head; medium but long lasting. Aroma was pretty sweet; with alot of chewy caramel,f ruit and dark fruit. Some alcohol. Wow this one was really tasty initially. Alot of brown sugar/cocoa/dough elements. A bit of earthiness and fruit, but not too much. Hops are subdued, which was enjoyable. Flavor got a little worse throughout the tasting, but still good.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by someone at "Drink for Charity" event at Rattle N Hum. Deep brown beer with heavy garnet highlights. Sweet caramel and rich chewy sweet fruits. Rich sweet hoppiness, light caramel and brown sugar. Intensely sweet chewy maltiness and a sticky resiny finish. Lightly hoppy and piny with a lingering fruitiness. Classic Californian barleywine, and a fine example at that.