DrnkMcDermott (2822) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Standard Market. Amber IPA color, but clearer. Thin head in a ring around the edge. My taste was too small in the tiny glass to get much of a sniff. Taste is not as hoppy as, say, Bigfoot, Focused more on the crystal roast malts, which let the alcohol come in and warm me up.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the End of History tasting. Aroma is iced tea, orange rind, and caramel. Pours deep amber with a nice lacing and foam head. Taste is southern sweet tea, sweet malts, dark fruits and a light citrus zest. Nice american BW.
Jow (2239) - New York, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at End of History tasting. pretty amber pour with nise smell of dark fruits and candy. tastes of caramel, earth, biscuits, toast, prunes, and burnt sugar. sticky caramel palate and some alcohol.
jtclockwork (8782) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2014 Bottle shared by me at End of History tasting. Pours orange with tan head. Nose/taste of orange peel, florals, candi sugar, caramel and bready toffee. Medium body.
vtafro (3697) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Orange pour with tan head. Hoppy grass and fruit flavors, hop tones with a touch of malty sweetness. Too hoppy for my taste in barley wines.
tgncc (2853) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At jtclockwork’s. The aroma is candi sugar, fruit, bread. The appearance is slightly hazy orange. The flavor is fruit, candy, bread. The finish is fruit, pine. Medium thick in body. Nice.
rxeight (1474) - Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Spicy and a touch sweet. Not a bit impressed. Can see solemn oath is up to the same stuff.
NotoriousJ (39) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I will start out by saying this rating is for the bottled version I've been to the brewery and had it on tap and cask vastly preferred the cask version thought it was one of the better barley wines I've had better than behemoth. Not nearly as boozy allowed the malts to shine with a nice low carb and booze warmth great on cask. Probably will develop much better after cellaring. Anyways in the bottle the malts don't come through nearly as much neither does the nice warm aroma a lot of the delicious flavor is trumped by the alcohol flavor. It pours beautifully clear nice dark red color. It's definitely a delicious barley wine gets much better as it gets to room temp just not nearly as good as what I had before.
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That1Guy (1946) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 26, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber crushed with Honkey. Hazy reddish-brown pour with a white head. Aroma gives an initial hit of acetaldehyde. Off-putting immediately. Flavor has some hops, but more squashy bad stuff. Bummer.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber feom Binny’s Des Plaines. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. Aromas of darkmfruits, sweet malts, caramel, and grassy hops. Flavors of bitter hops, caramel, bready malts, fruit, and booze, a ton of booze. Finishes bitter and boozy.Really disapointing. I want to support local breweries, but at $10 a bomber it should at least be enjoyable which this was not. If you are going to call it a barley wine either go the English direction, or hop the shit out of it like I thought this was going to be. This tasted like a bitter old ale.
HonkeyBra (3496) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep red pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of red fruits, caramel malts, generic sweet malts, mild tropical fruit notes. Flavor is medium bitterness with a fair amount of sweetness. Pretty nice, no apparent alcohol, lots of fruit notes. This is pretty balanced. It’s not particularly hop forward nor malt forward. Full bodied, with a very bitter finish. Interesting.