warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours deep hazy golden with a tinge if orange. White creamy head with pretty good lacing. Smell is citrusy, banana, vanilla and heavy oak. Taste is complex. Notes of pineapple, orange, oak and roasted malt. Booze burn at the very end but pleasantly offset by the tamed but flavorful hop profile. I love this take on a barley wine. A lighter malt without all of the dark fruit characteristics, but more citrus notes and the oak adds to the complexity while blending nicely with the perfect amount of hops. Sam Adams has put out some stinkers in recent years, but this is one that I really admire, and will look forward to drinking again.
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zach8270 (3439) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Slightly hazy orange pour with a thin white head. Sweet malt aroma with some light hints of oak and vanilla from the aging. Very sweet flavor at the start. Lots of malts with that vanilla twinge coming up after that. Some light citrus and hop bitterness at the end. Really smooth and warming.
alobar (2765) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber color with an aroma of hops, toffee, and toasted malt. Fruit, oak, and toffee flavor. Decent beer.
NikkTwist (1597) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Moriartys. Clear deep amber with a honey colored head that left some lace. Very rich and sweet. Lots of oak notes. Noble hops. Good first impression but it finishes poorly and develops an odd taste as it warms.
kevinator (889) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This started very nice but did not finish well. However, I may have needed to keep it colder. It had a nice aroma of fruits, wheat, grains and alcohol. The color was beautiful at a light copper with a small head. The taste reminded me of apple, spice, pale grains and alcohol. As it got warmer though the tastes did not blend and it was hard to finish. Nice barley wine but it packs a punch.
jbruner (2298) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear golden copper on tap with thin ring of white lacy head. Aroma is barley and thin maltiness. Taste follows, really not much going on, not sure how this is a bakery wine. A hint of sweetness on the end.
DrSilverworm (6318) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, batch 2. Labeled 10%.. Shared with friends over a game of Catan. Mostly clear orange / amber color. Thin kind of bubbly off-white head. Good spread of lace. Nice oaky nose, some citrus. Pineapple in the aroma. More malty taste, kind of biscuity, some vanilla. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Lightly creamy texture. More dry finish. Little bitter, sweet... Some lightly boozy sweetness. Interesting, tasty barleywine. Not as smooth as it could be, though. Still a little sweet warm bite in the finish. I dig the hop profile, though
EtTuCthulhu (1035) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Batch No. 3. This brew’s appearance combines a clear orange color and a medium white head that fades quickly to a thin layer on top of the beer, and the aroma is reminiscent of grapefruit, fig, fruity citrus hops, and burnt sugar. The balance of this beer’s taste is phenomenal with its mildly sweet, slightly bitter, and mildly umami flavors, and the mouthfeel fuses a medium body, soft carbonation, long finish, and a oily texture.
mnmike (1031) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty awesome bomber pour than is a very unique barley wine. Oak is a good thing
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Medium orange-tinted gold, deeper than brass, with a dense light gold head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, floral fruit, sweet and sugary. Initially I wasn’t crazy about the first few sips, as I think I had presumptions that weren’t met. Specifically, I expected chewy toasty malts, and I was wrong. The malts here are lighter, and the hops are more pronounced. But before the first third of the beer was in my belly, I began to warm up to it, and by the end I loved it and was sad it was over. As I drank it, the floral character came forward, and the pithy dryness became a welcome balance to the candyish, honeyed malts. Best of all, the oak character, with its vanilla and woody undertones, quietly asserted itself as an elegant component. If nothing else, this beer demonstrates how oak can be a nuanced and elegant part of a blonde beer’s structure without dominating or overpowering like many oaked blondes out there (I’m looking at YOU Innis & Gunn!). This beer was like a new band: the first few listens, you’re not sure, but with time, the music becomes familiar and comfortable and eventually you want other people to hear the subtle genius of it. Loved it.