bhensonb (10216) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours copper with a very frothy beige head. Sweet malt aroma. Medium plus body with very mild carbonation. Very little heat. It’s sweet, but there’s some bitter to help balance. Sweet wins though. It is a very tasty ale, and can be quaffed rather than sipped. The aroma becomes strongly caramel, and it is incredibly tasty.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle, 2008 vintage. Pours orange amber with a large yellow beige head. Has a malty aroma consisting primarily of model car glue. Has the flavor of butternut squash. The beer leaves you with a nice chocolate finish and a really good extended hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Medium think body and a slippery buttery mouth feel. I get lots of pineapple, coconut and rum flavors as well. I suspect this barleywine would really benefit from some aging.
anders37 (15300) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small fast disappearing off-white head. Has a fruity malty dark fruit aroma with some hints of caramel and some hints of orange. Sweetish fruity malty dark fruit and caramel flavor with some hoppy hints. Has a sweetish malry warming dark fruit finish with hoppy hints in the aftertaste.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber - pours dark orange with faint haze; slight tan head in small bubbles on the edges; aromas of sugar, orange peels, bread and caramel; creamy texture and quite dry overall; spice, sugar and alcohol - but no heat; dig the thick, sugary nose; nothing outstanding, but very sold
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver 09. Pours a murky, muddy reddish brown, with a thick head. Malts and dark fruits dominate, with a very bitter backbone to the flavor. Acerbic bitter, not the nice, friendly hop bitterness I’m used to. Hugely bitter aftertaste, with some oak showing through (this version was labeled as "Aged in French Oak". Good stuff, but the harsh bitterness got to me.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured deep, hazy coppery brown with little head and lost of sediment. The aroma picked up aged caramel, tobacco, and dark fruits with some passion fruit and herbal surroundings.. warm and inviting. The flavor had caramel again at the core paired with some licorice and anise.. the fruit showed in the form of bitterness on the eges.. herbal notes and tobacco again through the finish.. ended with boozed-up (yet still balanced) spices and dark residual sugars. Heavier-bodied and grainy on the palate with a syrupy feel across the middle.. quite well executed, and I’d have another!
BrewDad (4610) - Olympia, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster – Beveridge Place Barleywine Bacchanal – Seattle, WA
Aroma: Strong Oak aroma with caramel, and hops in the nose.
Appearance: Amber in color, clear with a thin head.
Flavor: A good amount of malts and hops this was a very nice oak aged barley wine.
Palate: Sweet with a dry oaky finish.
Overall: One of the best I have had in a long time this was brewed very nice.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
First thing I notice about this barley wine is that it tastes incredibly smooth. Looks a bit like motor oil, with very little head. Smells very malty with a hint of of smoke or firewood. If this was the first barley wine I had ever had, I may have rated it higher, but there is just not as much complexity as with other barley wines.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with no head, just like the picture! Aroma is vinous with dark fruits, vanilla, brown sugar. Flavors of dark over ripe fruit, vanilla and moderate hoppy bitterness in the finish. Not my favorite of the fest. Somewhat hot alcoholic finish.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown with a brown head.i get brown sugar,caramel malt,and a slight hop bite.