zizzybalubba (1743) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generously shared at Grape & Gourmet’s 5th Anniversary from a 22 oz. bottle. Dark brown cola-like pour. The aroma is maple syrup, oak, and light chocolate with hints of vanilla, coconut, and figs. The flavor combines the notes detected in the aroma beautifully with sweet vanilla and bourbon on the forefront of the tongue and caramel and light citrus that linger to the back of the tongue. For a 13% ABV beer the alcohol is surprisingly well integrated. A stunningly good barley wine.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2010 Total Score: 4.7
22 oz. bottle shared at Grape & Gourmet’s 4th Anniversary (thanks to GandGKevin). Brownish-orange pour as expected with virtually no head. Incredible vanilla, oak, and apricot aromas. Flavors include oak, peach, apricot, caramel, and vanilla. Some alcohol warming. This is an incredible barley wine that I must seek out.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber courtesy of Moejuck – thank Joe! Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is molasses, sweet bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar. The taste is bourbon, oaky vanilla, dark fruits and burnt caramel. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Awesome barleywine. 8/4/9/5/18
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured at pre-party at Freetail release. Great amber cognac color. Nose of caramel, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Flavor is fantastic, with layered notes of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee and slight oak. Surprisingly easy to drink....fantastic.
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Super dark pour. Nice creamy head. Aroma of leather, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, roasted marshmallows. Flavor is so rich, sweet, hop balance, lots of vanilla and toffee, great oak flavors, bourbon...man this is superb!
Earlier Rating: 3/16/2009 Total Score: 4.6
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Cheese brought this via JMFG I think. Brown pour. Aroma is full of bourbon, liquor soaked raisins, madiera wine, caramel, molasses, prunes and vanilla. Flavor is sweet with caramel, bourbon, wood, vanilla and a good balance of hops. This is one bad ass beer.
Ratman197 (12540) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber 2009 poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, prune, fig and brown sugar. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, molasses and dark fruit with a smooth dry warming lingering bourbon finish.
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2010 Mother of All Storms, pours a dark black, great hoppy and sweet caramel aroma, very sweet. Absolutely delicious.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2011 Bottle shared by Darren at Belmont
This was cracked open during a Barleywine tasting, and while amongst several other incredible beers, this one was my top for the night. About twice as dark as every other barleywine we opened before it, it poured a dark reddish brown with a small head. The aroma was sweet and malty and had a high amount of Bourbon. The flavor was more balanced than I expected, with lots of caramel, vanilla, and even some chocolate. All mixed together nicely with a perfect amount of bourbon. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Outstanding brew.
blklab2007 (2115) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle poured a cola brown in color with barely any head and an overall still look. aroma has light oxidation, caramel sweetness, toffee, bourbon, chocolate, tobacco,and alcohol. mouth feel is thick and sugary with very little carbonation. flavor brings in some chocolate, toffee, roasted peat, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and a thick malted base. there is no hiding the alcohol in this beast and although the beer itself is quite nice it becomes almost overpowering.
StefanSD (2285) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle at BA line tasting. Thanks to whoever brought this. Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small tan head. The nose is aromatic with dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The flavor is sweet and complex with bourbon, sherry, dark fruits, leather, caramel and toasted grains. The palate is full, smooth and a bit oily. The finish is long and glorious. Overall: A top notch brew--reminded me a bit of owd macs, I was surprised to see that this was a BW and not a stout..
Earlier Rating: 6/7/2009 Total Score: 4.2
Bottle at toncatchers event. Thanks Dennis. A brown pour with a small off-white head. Aroma of a classic barleywine, plus some dark fruit, and a touch of whiskey. The flavor has oak, bourbon, dark fruits and brown sugar. The palate is full and malty. The finish is long with lingering sweet fruits. Overall: A very tasty BW... must get more.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to daknole! Bottle pours burnt ruby with a khaki head. Aroma is heavy malt with milk chocolate, caramel, delhi dates, tobacco, and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with some definate barrel presence. Overall body is moderate to full, and the finish is warming. Damn good stuff!