SSSteve (3899) - - FEB 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark brown with an ruby hue under a small brown head. syrupy appearance while pouring. aroma has notes of chocolate, molasses, caramel with very little hops. different than most BW’s. flavor is very roasted much like a stout or porter. lots of chocolate and caramel. a bit hot with alcohol but not bad. dry finish. better than the imperial porter from the same series but this one actually reminds me more an imp porter than a BW.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Sam’s in Downers Grove, Illinois: The body has the color of dark orange pekoe tea capped by a respectable tan head that fades slowly but completely. The aroma is butterscotch and toffee with a light earthy bitterness. The flavor pretty well reflects that although some alcohol and bitter herbs are added. The finish is sticky sweet with a dirty bitter bite. Okay.
bb (7234) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a small cream colored head. Butterscotch and malt aroma. Rich malt flavor with butterscotch and a bit of fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Malt, light caramel, and butterscotch lingers.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest ’09. One of the least impressive I had (tough competition though). Dark amber color. Malty on the aroma and flavor with a little hop bitterness and ever-so-slight fruitiness. Medium palate. Not bad but not great.
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A decent barley wine. Nothing special but still has some good flavor and color. Good end of the night beer.
jimhilt (2450) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a three finger light tan head that leaves a good lace. Almost black color some mahogany highlights. Slight malty nose. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is some sweet maltiness but lacks the seriousness of a good barleywine, musty bitterness at finish. There are better barleywines like Southern Tier’s Backburner. Pricey for Shipyard, $10.15 for a 22 oz bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
JK (4837) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pretty bad. Dry malt flavor and aroma. No hops, no sweetness, and just a strange aroma and flavor of dry grain. Oxidized; maybe.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ redlight. Deep ruby-red color, moderate khaki head. Sweet aroma, mild earthy hops, slight alcohol. Pretty plain taste - slightly sweet with an almost minty finish. Just kind of there.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was raved about by my local liquor store clerk so i picked it up. poured a brownish red that was darker int he glass with a thin head. smell was like molasses and taste was same but with a fruitiness like cantaloupe. finish was dry but had some alcohol tinge as well.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Very dark red, almost black, but some light was making it through. Some dark fruit aroma, but it was a little modest for a barley wine. A little bitter hop bite, and some more dark fruits, a little thin, would like to see a bit more out of this.