shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pour is a deep garnet red with only wisps of head. The aroma is quite spicy - full of hops. However, there is enough malt to balance this out. The flavor is a big malty beer that is well hopped and very spicy in character. I prefer the original wench, but this is clearly quality and at the high level of alcohol, well done.
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big beer! Pours dark amber with a glue thick head. Aroma is burning alcohol and hops. Flavor is hot on the palate with boozy hops, a bit much but I love it.
bhensonb (10777) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Half Time. These guys are good at specials and seasonals. Pours a dark ruddy amber brown with a good creamy beige head. The aroma is heavy hop. Not the harsh cat pee type. More floral and fruit. Med + body. Til the carb leaves. The flavor is heavy malt more than balanced by a lot of earthy, floral, maybe herbal, hop. I’m not getting a trace of heat, which is somewhat amazing. Just excellent ale.
manuchampions (1236) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from trade. Pours a dark copper, murky with thick cap of tan head. Aroma is very barley wine with big caramel notes, dark fruit, hops and candied sugar. Taste is all of the notes from the aroma plus a hint of vanilla and some heat from the alcohol. Finish is warm and hoppy. Very good but more of a BW in my book.
italianjohn (2288) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep lightly cloudy amber mahogany with a thin beige head decent retention sticky light lacing ..... aroma is of caramel malts, resiny hops, light pine and a little woody ..... taste is bitter citrusy/resiny hops, burnt caramel, roasted malts, light pine and woody with a bitter hop kick through to the dry bitter finish lots of flavor abv hidden well
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured into my De Struise glass... A nice pour of a dark orange with hints of copper, semi clear but doesn’t look dirty, just dark. A big light tan head that is very full, great retention and lacing, looks great... The aroma is very strong hops throughout but there is enough caramel malt on the front to break it up. Smells like a barleywine, I’m very intrigued... The hops attack to much on the palate, not balanced at all. A super hopped barleywine, lots of hops and alcohol on the finish. The more you drink the more alcohol comes out in this...The mouthfeel is light but very rough, too warm.
This is not very good. Way out of whack, gotta pass.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, resin, light wood, and slight metal. Poured deep amber/copper/brown in color with a small, tan/light brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium to heavily bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, light pine, light fruit, light berry, light resin, light wood, and slight burnt caramel. Medium body. Slightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, resin, light fruit, light wood, and slight burnt caramel finish is dry. 12%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
DYCSoccer17 (3301) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at Bark’s Beer Cave in Plattsburgh, NY. Aroma has floral hop notes along with some caramel maltiness, metallic hints, and scant booziness. Aroma is so-so. Mildly hazy light-ish mahogany body with a decent off-white head present. Starts a bit astringent, before this becomes metallic...very metallic. Finishes with some herbal, hops...chinook? Light-bodied and pretty boozy.
williamherbert (1265) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sharp pine and spruce hop. Sharp rye malts, dark and roasted. Touch of cherry and sugary raisin. Complex scent.
The appearance is dark, hazy brick red. Decent slushy head. Thick sheet of lace. Murky and inviting.
The flavor is gritty, burnt rye and barley. Touch of chocolate and burnt coffee. Grape, raisin, cherry. Very bitter spruce and pine oil hop.
The palate is chewy and very thick. Alcohol burn on the swallow. It’s equal to (if not better than) the original. Double bitters of woody hops and burnt malts. Very good.
swoopjones (5644) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ Coles, Buffalo, NY. deep chestnut mahogany color. cramel malt, hops fill the aroma. Taste is malty ricness, some booze. Very balanced & warming. Some bitterness & dried & rich fruitiness. Nice Beer MA. Also cant really detect that MA ringwood yeast that I hate