palner (7) - - JUN 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Reserve bottle 2847/6200. Amber red to caramel in color with nice airy foam. 11.7abv but quite drinkable. Can feel the alcohol after first glas. Taste is sweet but with a bitterness from hops. My first barley wine.
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rose gold hue with a small wisp and a ring. Nose is a bit off with loads of alcohol, dark fruit, and some pine. Flavor has a decent amount of berry, caramel, and coffee. This one was a critical miss.
beertholomeus (1288) - California, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light burnt amber color with a white head. Caramel, toffee, resinous hop, toast, alcohol, wood and vanilla aroma. Caramel, toffee, resinous hop, toast, vanilla, oak, pine and alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Caramel, resin, hop and alcohol finish. Very hoppy for the style.
commonmac (724) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber sized bottle purchased in Portland and brought back to Mpls for consumption. 2013 Reserve. Belgian snifter glass. Aroma has a bit of soapy action with plenty of hops and alcohol. Probably more of a hop factor than other barleywines. Light cherry wood in color. Head is nothing significant but a crisp white color. Taste is definitely complex. It seems to hit all the senses of the tongue leading with some bitterness, giving way to sweet sugary notes, strong alcohol burn, and ending with a hoppy bitterness. Caramel and malt are factors too. Definitely feels boozy. A cloying tendency present. It delivers a definite hit of the critical variety to the palate.
commonshawn (700) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Portland with commonmac on his bday kinda. Light amber mahogany with small white head. Very strong alcohol nose you can smell from feet away. Smell a bit soapy. Some candy sweetness. Sweet and approachably complex. Solid alcohol and tartness burn. Drying at the finish with long lasting taste. Smooth but This beer packs a punch . Finish him!
DuchessOfIowa (78) - Iowa, USA - JUL 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2013 reserve. Dark amber and slight haze with nice white/ vanilla colored head. Caramel sweetness and rich. Pine and fruity notes. Aggressive alcohol flash on the back and dryness to contrast sweet malt.
Arayaga2 (1930) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear Amber with white head. Taste and aroma are American barley wine, with high bitterness, and sprucey /piney notes. High residual sweetness ending with lots of over extracted tea.
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onceblind (5882) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro, which was a pleasant surprise. Deep dark amber/copper, foamy tight off white head. Lovely nose of candy sugar and earthy Belgian fruitiness. Perhaps a little bourbony booze on the nose as well. Big full flavor with some bourbon notes of oak and booze esters, some earthy caramalt and cherry and other stone fruits, and a bit of earthy booze and bourbon oak to finish. Brash but tasty.
Koskela (409) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I get very malty aroma with a fruity undernote in this thick not very carbonated cloudy brown brew. Sweet full bodied up front with a molasses and earthy mid taste finishing with a nice bitter and earthy aftertaste and a hint of warning from the 10.4%
PartyFowle (704) - - APR 14, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. 2009 vintage. Burgundy hue, very hazy. Deep color. The head appears almost nitrogenated -- very thick and dense and tan. Gorgeous. Caramelized sugar leads and rules the nose, followed by toffee, a touch of toasted bread, some sticky alcohol and mild, minty hops. A smooth blend of aromas. More toasty malt appears in the flavor, caramel on toasted bread. Lots of toffee, mostly sweet, plus an earthy hop flavor. Saccharine complexity. Creamy medium body wtih mild, tingly carbonation. No noticeable alcohol save some heat in the nose and tongue numbness. Outrageous.
HIGHB4LL (836) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber on game night, oh ya! (From Wilbur’s). Appearance: half finger white head, dark amber color, clear, light oily lacing. Aroma: caramel, resin, light prune, earthy, faint hints of alcohol, exhale is full of pine and resin with alcohol. Palate: medium body, softer carbonation, thin texture with alcohol thinness and warming finish, bitter finish. Taste: sweet caramel with very light fruit notes before alcohol and resinous hops take over and destroy your palate! Pretty interesting, but balance is definitely skewed and off. I enjoy it, but it is not a well balanced beer.