CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper ruby with a thin light tan head. Has a floral, dry hoppy and grainy malty aroma. Starts malty and sweet with some citrusy hops coming in toward the finish. Decent complexity and hoppy/malty balance throughout. Thanks to SpringsLicker for sharing this at the Southeastern Gathering!
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Rich body with flavors of sweet caramel, grainy malt and resiny hops.The finish is hoppy with a fruity aftertaste. Good Barley Wine overall.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Poured deep reddish-brown with a short cap of beige head. The aroma picked up earthy, dried floral, and citrusy hoppage over vinous notes, deep caramel, and bready character.. just exquisite! The flavor was nearly as good.. lightly sour, strong dark fruity notes hit the tongue first with a wash of raisins and warm sourdough washing over the middle.. bitterness was mild-to-medium, but felt like it was stronger initially, with citrus and earth presence.. finished with residual dark fruity sugars and floral bitterness. Heavier-bodied with great balance on the palate.. bitterness was complementary and engaging.. memorable finish. Excellent stuff all around!
Fin (6886) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Jan & Charlottes tasting, Ulfborg, Denmark 09.04.11 cheers Jan & Charlotte Murky chestnut brown with a light beige head which soon disappears. Some fruit n the nose, heavy sweetness and a bit harsh in the mouth. Bittersweetness coming through, not as smooth or as rounded as the description suggest. A5 A3 T6 P3 Ov11 2.8
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the “Drink for Charity” event at Rattle & Hum. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Plums and prunes mostly on the nose, with some sweet malt. Light to medium bodied. Finishes with a nice bitterness and a really nice caramel note. Pretty good.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark mahogony color with a beige head. Summer fruit aroma (strawberry) with caramel malts. Caramel flavor, some strawberry fruit flavors, and light hop. Rich body, nice balance, hides alcohol well. Smooth, but nothing outstanding.
Ibrew2or3 (6438) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber pours a nice amber hue with decent enough tan head that can throw up some spotty lacing from time to time. The aroma is full of figs, dates, prunes and cherries. It seems a bit bold and a bit too bright. The taste begins slick and sweet with malts and then quickly moving to fairly bold/bright notes of figs and cherries. Toward midway it picks up some raisins and another mild wave of smooth maltiness to go along with some sort of candi sugar that gives it just a bit of a beet sensation. The sweet malts attempt to pull the flavor together but they doesn’t really make it. I think a year or couple of years of age will even this out and create a pleasing blended complex flavor.
Meilby (6235) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650ml @ yngwie
Pours cloudy deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light bitter. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
sebletitje (6234) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAY 19, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Hamiltons, San Diego.
Pours dark brown, beige head.
Aroma is malty, caramel, dark fruits.
Taste, dark fruits - fig, caramel malts, thick mouthfeel, some good alcohol with a fruity finish, some brown sugar.
One fine tasty barley wine.
Rastacouere (6106) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2yr old+. Reddish earth coloured BW wearing a fine light beige cream. Very fruity nose greets the drinker in a rather candied, almost juicy malty world that is balanced by an supervising toastiness you would chew on. Up front, it is sweet indeed, but doesn’t seem free going with it, evey gram of residual sugar contributing a sense of unity to the punchy cherry/raspberry/cranberry galore. Hops manage to procure a certain balance toward the finish. Despite the already toned down nature of their aromatics, they maintain a pleasant herbal/floral character that catch on the malt’s vanilla undertones to create new meanings to the word unity. Nicely perfumey.