Tortman18 (188) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark ruby/copper with a decent size, surprising mocha head. Very little lacing. Nose has a very unique combination of sweet citrus and coffee. Some caramel mixed with chocolate, roasted malts, tangerine, pineapple, mango and raisin. Mouth is very bitter and pungent. A mix of pine and citrus. It is balanced out by the sweetness of the rye and dry caramel. A lot of dried cherry, raisin and fig. Very good. It left a slight alcohol burn, but it wasn’t overpowering.
BBB63 (6051) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle and served in my PW snifter while watching football at Dad’s: Ruby and deep coppery hue with a small frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma displays juicy citrus and tropical esters like mango, tangerine, starfruit, and peaches while dominating the nose. There is a light dankness along with rye bread, toffee, and leathery earthiness as well. The palate is greeted by heavy aggressive bitterness which attempted to combat to massive rich malt and spicy rye tones. But alas something just does not mesh right at this point and it ultimately comes off syrupy and hot. Perhaps age will help in this regard. The mouth feel has a sharp biting initial character supported by a lush and vinous finish, warming aftertaste. Overall lots of yummy rye character but just too sweet earning a "meh" in the end.
ryecatcher (796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours a deep, hazy mahogany with a thin off-white head, okay retention and lacing. Nose is caramelly, dried cherries, raisins, orange peel, faint hops. Mouth is thick and creamy, light carbonation, medium bittersweet with some soury rye highlights (rye lights??) oakiness, hoppy bitterness, molasses, dried fruit. Decent, but not spectacular (which is what I’d been hoping for).
bierenjoyer1 (58) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malt, hops, caramel, & pine smells. Pours as a medium reddish and brown with little or no foam. Flavors of hops, pine, some malt, & a shot of alcohol burn at the end. The palate feel is hoppy and not sweet as barley wines seem to be. Overall, I would definitely buy this beer again.
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber at Jerry’s. Mahogany with modest, creamy, beige head, light lacing / Nose of coffee, toffee, chocolate, pine, citrus / Medium to full body, moderately sweet but big hopping with lots of bitterness, even astringency / Flavors of chocolate, roast coffee, pine, caramel, grapefruit, nut, rye / Doesn’t quite have the body to qualify as a barleywine. I would describe as more of a roast 2IPA. Very good, but a little over-hopped relative to the fruit.
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Amazing label. Dark ruby pour with a small, off white head. Rich, caramelly, strong rye note surrounded by delicious pine and citrus hops. Some tangerine and chocolate notes. Interesting. Flavor is mildly sweet, rich, caramelly notes, nice umami notes. Some touches of bitterness. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel, finishes bitter. This is pretty awesome.
crossovert (7443) - Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful appearance witha caramel body and similiar tan head. Smell is hoppy with a nice malt character. Flavor brings some nice rye which makes the malt bill come alive. Would eb good with caramel rye too I think. Hops are there and give a medium bitterness, Nice smooth mouthfeel