b3shine (6213) - Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter (thanks dudeabide). Looks good; a cloudy amberish brown with foamy off-white head that dissipates into sticky lacing. Smells sweet, hoppy, and boozy with notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Good, not great.
Kabonski (38) - - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice flowery aroma! Very hoppy but not overly sharp. I enjoyed this beer! This would be the perfect beer for sitting in the shade on a hot day.
Theydon_Bois (11420) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Jack and Leighton’s Birthday Beeorama, one gathering dust in my stash, 13/04/13.
Hazed dark chestnut brown with a thin light tan head.
Nose is dark toffee fudge, dark fruits, grain, demerara sugar, syrup.
Taste comprises dark malt, brown sugars, dark toffee, touch of booze.
Full bodied with moderate carbonation, the finish carries a good kick’o’booze!
Overall - drinkable but not a class act and glad to have split this with more than a few others. The alcohol was a bit too obvious in this one!
Leighton (13189) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell, London during the Birthday Celebration of Jack & Leighton - thanks to Colin for this biggie. Pours clearish amber with a fine, tan cream head. Nose of sweet bread, toffee, rubbing alcohol and leaves. Big sweet flavor with toasty bread, earth, leaves and dry toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with sugary bread, mild earthy bitterness, leaves and caramel. Fair.
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Yet another doff of the cap to Colin for bringing this. The taste is muddy brown with a tiny white head. Pretty ugly looking beer, to be honest. The nose is red apples, rich toffee. A bit of churro cake. Some pumpkin pie and Werther’s Original. Rough woody char in the taste. Mild oxidization. Hints of stale caramel candy. Mildly boozy through the finish. Full body, hot. Sort of lifeless on the palate. Overall, life’s too short.
Scopey (8247) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Jack & Leighton’s birthday celebration, thanks to Colin. It pours deep red-brown with a small beige head. The nose is wood, varnish, pine, sweet toffee, honey and spice. The taste is wood, varnish, leather, alcohol, earth, rye bread and some bitterness with a very dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Not much to it really. Not enough body and a bit too alcoholic, but ok.
teorn88 (3545) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle shared by Colin at CBC Clerkenwell. It pours clear copper with a smalloff-white head. Foam disappears quickly. Aroma is sweet with caramel and some piney hops. Flavor is much sweeter with figs, dark fruits, caramel and molasses. Very little hops in this one. A tad of booziness, but not overwhelming. Overall, quite decent barleywine in the very sweet category.
MadRobin (2239) - Silver Spring, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Clear, dark rusty red brown with huge khaki head and and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, sweet dark malt and pine.
Taste of bitter piney hops and sweet malt. Specifically, pine resin, brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, brown bread, sweet toasted malt and bitter herbs.
Full body and low/medium carbonation.
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Bulk_Carrier (2499) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours out of the bottle a brown/red color with a purple hazy bottom. There wasn’t any head even after several aggressive pours. The lacing is very light and spotty. Some sediment at the bottom appears. The smell has some dark fruits, malts and a light roasted chocolate. The taste has the hops come out pretty strong with some nice malts coming in to play. The palate is medium with a subdued carbonation on the tongue and mouth, moderately drinkable. Overall, I liked this for me, and its good for style as well.
ineedbeer (1000) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I believe this was a bottle from 2010.
Aroma has lots of malt character. Some caramel, toffee and raisin. A hint of oxidation showing with some honey an a touch of wet cardboard. The hop character is quite subdued with just a hint of a dank, woody hop note. A hint of a chocolate character as well. Light alcohol note.
Pours a rather cloudy brown with some amber highlights. Thin, slightly off white head that recedes to a thin layer. Slight lacing and moderate legs.
Flavor starts with sweet caramel and toffee with a hint of a cracker note. A light roast and burnt toast flavor present as well. Some sweet fruitiness - raisin and plum. Medium spicy alcohol flavor in the finish. Moderately strong bitterness, but quite balanced with the alcohol and malt. A touch of hop astringency. Light woodsy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. It's a bit thin and watery though. Alcohol warmth is moderate. Astringency is low but present.
Overall this is a good barleywine but nothing amazing. It has a $5.99 price tag on it and for that price this bomber is a steal; I imagine it costs more now. The hop character has mostly faded away but there was still a bit to the beer. The oxidation is starting to show, but in a decent way - more honey than wet paper.
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