hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Hazy caramel-colored pour with burnt orange glimmers and a small, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. The aroma is a mélange of caramel, marmalade and fruitcake. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor features delicious buttery toffee that’s somewhat dampened down by aggressive hop bitterness. The aftertaste is of toffee and minerals. Bottle generously provided by BBB63!
madmitch76 (20064) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
7th February 2015
Semi opaque red - amber beer, small pale tan head. Palate is semi dry with decent fine carbonation. Smooth but dry malts that have a mild dark malt character. Little paper and a trace of dark chocolate. Modest spice. Light dry finish. Spicy linger. A disappointing and tired tasting barleywine, like it was a good few years old.
cbfobes (2845) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 2014 GTMW, pours a very dark brown with a light off white head, the aroma is very sweet with lots of caramel and malt, the flavor is much of the same, tons of malt and sweetness, ugh, big and sweet, probably would of loved this a few years ago.
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep copperish brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and light notes of chocolate from the malts, some floral and bitter hops, hints of dark fruits, and some faint notes of alcohol. Flavor the same with a nice blend of everything. Smoother texture. A solid barley wine.
48FanInCali (829) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - Maple pour with off white head. Nose is malty with hints of caramel and toffee. Taste follows the nose. Not very sweet and flavors are hints more than a punch in the face. Pretty Average.
Sarlacc83 (1595) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle extra’d in a trade. Thanks!
A: Dark mahogany, creme colored head.
N: Toffee, caramel, pine, pineapple, biscuit, brown sugar, touch of char. Earthiness, dry autumn leaves, walnuts, fig, and raisin.
T: Sweet and brackishly bitter.
M: Resinous and sticky. Heavier body; alcohol is shuffled to the side to stay out of the way.
O: A really nice cross of the American and English barleywine styles. It’s rich and tasty; far better than the Pelican base barleywine. Drink it.
Christpuncher (2396) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
very sweet start, caramel notes, buttery finish. not much carbonation. had a 22oz bottle pour at home. pours reddish brown in color with almost no head.
deekyn (1441) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- pours an opaque caramel with cola brown edges. S- caramel, toffee, vanilla, raisins, figs, ripe apples, banana bread, walnuts, tobacco, mince meat spices and burnt sugar. All fairly rich, but standard. A hint of rubber. M- oily full body. Light carb. T- high mineral water content to start and runs through to a relatively flat end. Caramel and tootsie rolls are strong at first. Some bread and banana esters in the middle with apples and dried fruits. Cola at the end with a slight vinous quality.
cernjoh (181) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a snifter from a 2013 bottle batch 107. Aroma is brown sugar and some banana. Appearance is a clear dark reddish brown with a 1/2 finger light tan head. Taste is caramel malt brown sugar grapes and light hops. This is called an American Barleywine but more so resembles an English BW. Palate is very well done. Smooth with a nice mouth feel. Overall I like this alot. Never had fresh but as a year old beer it is excellent. Cheers.
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 2013 batch 107 bomber purchased at Westlake View Liquors into a snifter a reddish brown with little head slight carbonation.
Aroma is spiced brown sugar.
Flavor is boozy smooth. Sweet caramel. Slight hops for an American BW. More English in style & quite exquisite.
One of the better American Barleywines I have tasted. Blended smoothly. Bitterness almost obsolete. NICE!