Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to a generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Served in my Savor snifter.
Pour brings forth a somewhat-light copper-colored brew with a thin white cap and not too much lacing. A few bubbles around the edges. The nose is fairly complex, though all the notes are pretty related. I got a strong dose of caramel along with toffee, light brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of molasses. Some light tropical fruits in the background, but mostly just the caramel.
The taste brings forth more of the same, though the brown sugar becomes a bit more apparent. Caramel fits in strong behind it with a bit of fruit coming through in the finish. The body is medium with good enough carbonation. The problem here is that it gets to be a bit too cloying. Overall, glad I got to try this but won’t be seeking it out again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-16-2010
mar (4995) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
april 2008 bottle thanks to KP. deep chocolate brown pour with a nice cream rocky hard. malty, raisins and dried fruits on the nose. very easy on the palate with flavors of fruits and sugar. very smooth finish that hides the alcohol quite well.
markwise (4605) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber with a khaki head. Nose is caramel, raisins, booze, figs, and sugar/ honey. Flavor starts off fizzy then comes in with caramel, hops , barleywine fruits, and finishes off with some more hops. Medium-bodied and somewhat fizzy. Nice BW.
drfabulous (4514) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle probably bought at Bruisin Ales. High ABV not totally hidden, but who cares. Sweet barley wine that is very nice and drinkable - shareable as well - at this ABV. Lovely.
ChainGangGuy (4486) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, chestnut brown body with a very frothy, tall, off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, caramel-minded aroma with a distinct waft of alcohol and lesser notes of bread and citrus pith.
Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a middling amount of caramel sweetness. Touch of citrus. Resounding, resinous hop bitterness. Pinch of freshly-grated spices. Hint of candied lemon peel on the otherwise bitter, somewhat boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Ask me again in a few years.
unclemattie (4330) - Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Medium brown. Foamy white head. Plain malt aroma. Flavor is way to big. Heavy bodied BW with big alcohol. Heavy, strong. Not the best, but well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a hazy brown-amber color with a large off-white head. The aroma is sweet and malty. Some fruity notes with a citrus hop back. Fruity sweet malt flavor with some candy notes. Nice hops running through. Medium-full boided. Nice warmingsensation.
emacgee (4277) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber I’ve had for like 2 years now. Pours a copper amber with one finger of creamy sandstone head. Rich dextrinous malt character, caramel bread and lots of spicy notes. Rich and malt forward flavor with a lasting hop bite. Medium bitterness and full bodied with a warming finish. Tasty but not panty dropping...
nearbeer (4008) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml, April 2008 bottling. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights. Two-finger lasting head with frosty lace. Aroma of brown sugar, light spice, and oak. Front favor is lightly spicy brown sugar with mixed berries and alcohol. Turns to woody resin and slight citrus, then all bitter wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothish and dry.
TURDFERGUSON (4008) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. I quite enjoyed this barley wine made right here in the great state of North Carolina. Flavor was sweet, with some grapefruit, nice caramel malts, and a bit of alcohol warmth in the finish. I had heard this one was way too hot, but I didn’t find the alcohol to be too distracting.