NachlamSie (2345) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber received as a birthday gift. pours a really cloudy brown with a tall white head. The aroma has notes of toffee, a fruit bouquet, pineapple, wood. Hm, I wasn’t expecting much but this actually really good. The flavor is juicy with pineapple hints, a well balanced brown sugar sweetness, a little earth, chocolate covered raisins, The finish is hearty with a pleasing evidence of higher alcohol, toasted brown sugar, residual bitterness and a complex malt profile. For a straight forward barleywine, this is one of the best I’ve had in a long while.
freeofthoughts (522) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orange amber with a slightly yellowish off white froth. The aroma is lightly toasted grains with a medicinal tone and some dark fruity booze. The flavor is dense of barley and robust yeast flavors. There is a quick warming from the healthy amount of grain sugars. It starts simple and grainy, then the carbonation livens the palate with lightly sugary sweet grain balanced by some slightly crisp German hop flavor of herbs and something nutty near wood flavored. The finish is robust and lingers of light hop bitterness with a punchy yeast driven warming booze leaving dark apples, raisins, and a cloying near fig. Nice balance leaving the beer open and easy to drink. Nothing out of this world but an enjoyable pick up for the price, as I got through the bottle and it warmed I enjoyed it more.
vipinvelp (1171) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy dark copper color with light brown foam head, lacing to glass. Aroma is barley, alcohol and caramel. Taste is quite bitter with alcohol clearly present. Surprising aftertaste, changing from initial sweet to bitter and back again. Have to drink this slowly. (Houston 201301)
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 22oz bottle a hazy dark amber with a tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is malty, caramel, with raisins. Tastes malty, sweet, caramel, slight hop bitterness, with a bit of a boozy finish. Overall its an okay beer, nothing to write home about.
valpoaj (531) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged bottle from cellar - pours a very murky mahogany with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of sweet malt, sugars, dark fruit, hint of booze, raisin. Flavor is extremely sweet and heavy on sweet malts - more than most barley wines. Good dose of dark fruit, some caramel. Palate is medium bodied and relatively smooth - finish is moderate in length and is mostly sweet. Good brew, but nothing too memorable.
bobbyberbiglia (139) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle A - Pours mahogany with a khaki head that diminishs fast. Mild carbonation. S - Caramel, toffee, mild alcohol. T - Sweet biscuit, caramel malt, black pepper. M - Medium bodied, smooth, lingering sweet finish. O - Enjoyable Barley Wine
pushkinwow (1338) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Hazy dark amber with a nice dark khaki head. Nice resin and hop presence, apricot, nice malt, boozy. Moderate carbonation and body, sweet with a bite, more malt and some darker fruit, becomes dry, little too much bitter and boozy on the finish.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the source courtesy of staff, thanks! This one is very sweet and malty, but with a slightly smokey edge. Not bad.
greenhorn1 (664) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a cloudy red hue thick head. Big aroma and complex flavors. ABV well hidden, thick on palate. Hops, raisins, plums and others flavors nicely balanced to make a big bold beer. Good beer.
HomeBrewHawk (458) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a hazy, reddish gold with a finger of off white head. Caramelized sugar and hops in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. More caramelized sugar, fair amount of hop bitterness to balance sweetness. Easy drinking for 10% ABV.