closey22 (1685) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dell Amber brown with thin Lacy beige head; aroma is sweet malty with whisky notes; flava is sweet caramel malt blended with whisky with notes of licorice;feels thick silky creamy with moderate fizz; finishes dry mildly sweet notes of wood and mild sugar
nearbeer (4923) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml. Hazy, deep copper with a lasting disc of foam. Aroma is earthy caramel and whiskey with a touch of dark fruit. Flavors of earthy toffee apple, whiskey, raisin and toasted oak. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Medium-heavy body has smooth medium carbonation and a dessert slant that isn’t cloying. A bit of the abv is there, but fairly well masked for a 12.1% entry.
jflopsu (1254) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark hazy amber with light tan head. A dark fruit malt and caramel aroma. A strong dark fruit, caramel, malt, and whiskey taste. A lingering sweet malt and whiskey aftertaste.
CardsFan25 (88) - - JUL 5, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marked a 2011 bomber bottle from shop that may have been cellared too long to enjoy the full barrel flavor. Tan/orange pour with some cloudiness. Heavy caramel with slight fig aroma. Taste is sweet caramel followed by oak and dark fruit. Would never guess that it is 10.8% by taste.
duganc (28) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not much to say other than very impressed. Olongapo the best withe balance in all areas. A classic American/west coast barley wine. Buying more to age.
rdixon77 (2359) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2000!!! Thanks Joe! Drank poolside…which might not have been the most appropriate. Still awesome ba barley wine. Light cloudy brown color. Got lots of barrel, vanilla, whiskey, some char, some fruit, creamy body. Good stuff.
AirForceHops (6301) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery. Cellared about 2 years. Unclear Amber color with very low carbonation level. Aroma shows me mild whiskey, English malts, earthy hints, dark fruits.
I find it funny that so many people don’t write the vintage of this beer they had. The two years of cellar helped mellow the sweetness. Flavor is heavy on the English influence. Deep, layered malts that give dark fruit and booze. Borderline syrupy texture. Also still shows some bitterness that helps cut the sweetness. Whiskey treatment for sure enhanced the base. I like it a lot!
Chalumeaux (1063) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle thanks Airforcehops cellar aged 2014 brown mahogany with a thin white head. Aromas of honey caramel oak and malt. Taste is mildly sweet up front caramel oak and then turns into a lingering bitter finish which is meant to balance the sweetness but just lingers a bit too long.
WillRunForBeer (2342) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 14, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 750ml bottle from AirForceHops’ cellar. Thanks, Chris! Pours murky medium brown with an off white head. Aroma is barnyard funk, caramel, bourbon, oak. Flavor has a mild funk, caramel, dark fruits. Pine bitterness balances out the sweetness. This is turning sour, and if you have a 2014 bottle, drink it now.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle pours a hazy, deep brown with some swirling white head. Nose has vanilla, cake, some spice. Flavor is hot with booze, spice, vanilla, chocolate, caramel. Full bodied, booze finish.