kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a clear reddish copper body with a one inch fizzy light beige head that fell to a thin covering. The nose is dominated by heavy caramel malt with a moderate piney and resiny hoppiness. Quite a hoppy beast, this is certainly an American Barley Wine. Moderate piney and resiny hoppiness with a fairly restrained bitterness level. Finishes with a hefty dose of burnt caramel and some lingering resiny hops. Pretty well hidden alcohol for being 9.2% though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of an almost course graininess to it, rather abrupt finish. Pleasant soft fine fizzy carbonation. Overall this was decent, very hoppy for the style, if it would have had a bit more crystal malt in the flavor it would almost qualify as a DIPA. Finished a bottle easy enough, so I can’t complain too much.
dalekliz (907) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a dark brownish-red with an off-white ring. Sharp aroma, of pine hops, grass, wood, and hints of sweeter malt and caramel. Taste is quite sharp and bitter, lots of pine hops, with hints of grass, citrus, and malt. Lingering bitterness. Tasty.
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Scrizz, shared with dalekliz at her place. Porus orange with a tan head. Nose is sweet and clearly hopped up. Taste is sweet and hoppy, much more like a DIPA to me than a Barleywine, definetly cuts along that mid line.
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep murky copper brown with thin tan head. The aroma is raisins, prunes, a bit of pine hops and some molasses. Smells nice. The taste has more hops than the nose hinted at. It seems to start with raisins, prunes and super ripe cherries. Quickly solid pine hops and resin goodness surface and take hold of the flavor. It gets a bit crystal malt like toward the finish. Enjoyable product.
sebletitje (8789) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours brown - orange with beige head.
Aroma of caramel malts with floral hops.
Taste, plenty of caramel, barley and malts. Grainy with a light bitter finish.
markwise (5085) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a caramel brown with a nose of caramel, sugar, maple, vanilla, toffee, honey, and aroma hops. Flavor is same with smooth alcohol presence and distinguished hops. Good stuff.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of citrus, grapefruit, honey, caramel, some floral hops. Flavor is sweet and malty as well with predominant notes of barley, caramel, toffee, citrus and nuts. Generally medium body with a pleasing bitter malt finish.
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with caramel and sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Good.
luttonm (3984) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Re-rate from draft, August 2012 at The Pine Box, Seattle. Rosy orange, bubbly head. Sweet melon, fruity aroma. Watermelon fresh, ice tea. Hot hoppy syrup. Quite interesting and uber tasty. Smart and fun.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish copper pour with lots of sticky lace and a great foamy head. The aroma is toasty, dark fruity, floral, earthy and a touch citrusy. Flavors are extremely similar with soft sweetness, fruit, and hops. Very thin body.