BeerandBlues2 (10915) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle received via trade with 46er3498. Pours tawny with an average, rocky, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie), heavy hops (perfume, resin), average yeast (dough) with notes of alcohol and date. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. Gets more harsh as the temperature rises; smells like fresh baked bread at first smell.
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, well I didn’t know this was a Barleywine, oh well. I think this came as a bonus from the Eepiest. Pours dark orangish brown 1 finger tan head. Big slightly boozy nose. Taste is sweet with dark fruits and a strange aftertaste that really doesn’t do it for me. Kinda strange but ok.
Ibrew2or3 (7565) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of gillard (Iíve been pining to try this since Ryan first told me about it a few months ago, oh yeah!). Pour slightly hazy amber with thin tan head. The aroma is dark fruity esters with some crystal malty sweetness. I also get some mild hotness too. It tastes nice and rich with a lean toward sessionable. Iím getting some malt chewy sweetness leading the way toward dark fruity esters like plums, cherries and grapes. The pine hop bitterness mixes nicely with the other notes.
canary dog (702) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I suppose everyone is going to rave about this beer because it is high in octane. Feh. Typical high alcohol, barleywine flavor....too alcoholic and too sweet. These overhyped beers ALL taste the same. If you are going to drink something over 10%, how about something good, like a good red wine???
Tmoney99 (12234) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy brown color with a moderate off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus and malty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Medium to heavy balanced flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. I would recommend this to a freind.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22 oz. bottle (labelled "12 07") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julioís Liquors) Pours dark reddish-brown with one finger of tan head that recedes to a thin covering with pretty good retention. Aroma is initially quite hoppy - mostly pine with a little grapefruit. Also a slight bit of sourishness - a bit unpleasant like used dishrag. As head recedes there is more candy malt - like cotton candy. Mouthfeel is medium-full, a touch syrupy. A syrupy film coats inside of snifter with bits and dabs of lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy in the fore, mostly pine. A candy-malt sweetness underneath. Medium bitterness builds toward finish, providing a little pinch in finish. This beer is quite hot and may benefit from some cellaring. This one also kicked me in the ass quite quickly. Not the most complex or best of barleywines but certainly a big step up from the Ridge Runner version. Certainly richer and tastier.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of alcohol and sweet caramel with notes of floral and citrus hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and slightly warm alcohol. Good.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, courtesy Gillard. Pours a coffee colored hue, with a thick foamy head, and nice lacing. Slightly boozy aroma, cotton candy, caramel. Flavor has a lot of caramel and some booze, tea, some spices, with a bitter finish. Smooth, full-bodied. Drinkability is hampered slightly by the big ABV.
jefcon (1518) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A piney, but very drinkable barleywine that hides its ten percent alcohol very well. Yeasty and caramelly at first, the beer slowly reveals its big hop presence. Not as delicate or as delightful as some bourbon-styled barleywines, becuase this beer is a bruiser -- and it lives up to its name.
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber poured a hazy brown with thin head. Aroma of fruits, bread and hops. The flavor was a ton of malts, doughy and sweet caramel, followed by two tons of hops. I liked the initial malt attack to give this beer real good body, and the citrus and bittering hops just finished it off quite nicely. Full bodied and full of flavor, with a great stickiness. Delicious.