Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Wet barley malt aroma not much else. Deep mahagany red held to light with tan head. Alcoholic brew with some sweet molasas and what seems to be some chocolate. odd. Creamy body texture has mix of barley wine and stout odd brew.
Skyview (5296) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN, received 22-oz bomber via Secret Santa. Pours a clear dark copper brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates to a film top. Aroma of spiced caramel malt, some candi sugar, light toffee and some molasses. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of caramel malt, some maple, roasted nuts and brown sugar. Finish has a little gritty bite with some toffee and mild raisin aftertaste. I would give this a little more time to properly age.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 In short: A big and boring Scottish Ale trying to pass as a Barley Wine. Simplistic, sweet, extra-boring.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed soon after purchase. Tasting session with Montreal crew
The look: Clear brown body topped by a short-lived beige head
In long: Sweet malted nose. Nose and taste is simplistic butterscotch and toffee over toasted bread and some cardboard. Light hops presence. This is somewhere between offensively boring or insultingly bad. What a rip-off selling that as a Barley Wine. And the brewer puts his picture on the bottle! A courageous man or a master in mixed-martial-arts. If I was selling bottles like that I’d put my cousin Louis picture on the label.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 Muddy dark amber pour with thin head and absolutely no lace. Sweet malty aroma not much by way of fruitiness. Thin bodied. Brown sugar, butter, hops, and caramel. Astringent finish. Not worth the 10 dollar price tag. Now Im regretting buying the imperial porter assuming it too is not up to par
drfabulous (4716) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very thin. Maple syrup aroma. Poured a thin slightly alcohol stream and left me completely underwhelmed. Nothing special.
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Skyview’s tasting. Murky brown pour with not much head. Candied sugar aroma with caramel and some toasted malt. Flavor is semi-sweet malt flavors with chocolate, toffee and brown sugar. Not enough hops to even it out but there is a hop presence at the end.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber - Poured an opaque dark brown in color with almost no head or carbonation.... light tan rim of foam. Tiny bit of lacing, surprisingly. Aroma is malty and sweet... roasted malts, molasses and brown sugar... with hints of woodiness and some small hops. Flavor is a bit strange... roasted malts, molasses, chocolate and some hops at the end... bitter, almost astringent in the finish. A bit thin for a BW. I have to admit I am more than a bit disappointed... Shipyard can do better and this beer is too expensive for what you get!
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2009
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber via trade with daknole. Nice 22nd rating with a 6.1% style percentage. woah. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light and overall pretty nice better than I expected, a tad hoppy too. Taste is pretty much wrong and overall kinda hoppy with no relation to the style. oy.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Oldsmar Tap House. Pours a brownish red, with tan highlights and thin wet lacing. Aroma is big on caramel and woodsy notes, with brown sugar. Flavor has a roasted aspect to it, with caramel, some oak, chocolate, and espresso in the finish. Dry, medium-bodied, smooth and good, alcohol is hidden. Not sure why this is rated so low.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Butterscotch sweetness swerves into coconut shavings, while roasted malts and leafy hops combine to build sustained bitterness in this lean and bubbly Barley Wine.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the dark brown (this is a lot darker than the usual barley wine).
-The nose is understated for a style which usually carries lots of aromatics.
-The hops possess citrusy components as well.
-The frail mouthfeel is the main reason I found this strong ale lightly disappointing.
-This is an iconoclast of the Barley Wine family, but not necessarily a compelling one.