Mittenator (881) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. I'm a big barleywine fan but this one still has training wheels. Odd, sticky and kind of bland.
maekchu (1469) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Batch 1. Maybe a year old or slightly more. Smooth floral aroma, creamy and buttery; fresh and vanilla-like oak notes, not too strong. Thick dark honey color. Rich sweet caramel and toffee / fruit emerges in mid palate: stewed peaches and pears / lots of oak and dark sugar in finish / very warming. Medium-heavy body. Vert nice, well-balanced stuff.
timfoolery (1070) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Fernando's. Aroma and flavor of some fresh hop (floral), some maltiness, and almost like a wheat taste. Palate was nice. Pretty good beer.
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EithCubes (4419) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber, batch no. 2. Juicy hops stumbling and fumbling right out of the neck, citrus and some jammy fruit, sure, but the oak/vanilla/bourbon dominates everything else. Light copper-orange pour, transparent, with a dense and richly creamy beige head (miniscule bubbles, lacing, really quite a meringue to look at). Taste hits right up front with the supercharged oak, vanilla and edgy wood; fades to alcohol and light numbness, there’s a little hop citrus and minorish bland caramel but really there’s nothing else here but the barrel aging. Warming is slow, long, and gradual, really a pleasant spreading experience, quite classy and refined if overenthusiastic alcohol. Despite the heavy etoh presence, the body is thinnish and passive, quite smooth and packing a bit of spice (again, bourbonous spice rather than yeast- or hop-derived) but an obvious letdown. Scale it back, boys, and let ’er rip again.
BillHick420 (372) - North Dakota, NORWAY - FEB 17, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours copper with a large tanned head. Nose of some fruit. Aroma of fruit, caramel, some alcohol. I didn’t like it that well.
queenholly (2422) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Floral piney citrus hops aroma, very fresh and clean smelling for a barley wine. Clear copper with a small ivory head. Woody burnt caramel malt, fruity and spicy citrus hops, and alcohol flavor. Medium body, low carbonation. Very nice.
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glowing orange pour. Aroma is bitter citrus, booze, vanilla, and wood. Creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is nicely balanced tangerine sweetness with a flutter of bitter orange peel, alcohol, and sweet but mild oak.
radagast83 (3792) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Split 500ml bottle. Poured a moderately dark clear orange color without much of a head to speak of. Aroma was some light hops, pine notes, and some woody character. Flavor was some oak notes, pine and hop characters. Alcohol is pretty well masked in this one.
shrubber85 (6515) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Woody pine and orange-peach aroma. Golden yellow with nice head. Very sweet tangerine malt and moderately bitter orange peel and alcohol flavor. Pretty nice - very drinkable.
Fatehunter (969) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Into a tulip glass. Three fingers of head on a clear, orange to yellow colored body. Great lacing.
The aroma is lemon, woody and cloves.
the taste is lemon bitterness with caramel and cloves. There’s a woodiness to the whole profile.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
The alcohol is well hidden. The flavor is interesting with the “lighter” blond note coupled with the woodiness.