DrnkMcDermott (2738) - 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.
That1Guy (1857) - Galesburg, Illinois, 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 (2194) - 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 Binnyís 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 (3073) - 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. Itís not particularly hop forward nor malt forward. Full bodied, with a very bitter finish. Interesting.
Christpuncher (664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The best barley wine it have had. Had this at monkey paw. Nice and fruity but not a strong wine flavor. Pours a red color
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kaser (2033) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very fruity like punch. One of the first barleywines I've liked. Poured from draft at Monkey Paws at the Solemn Oath beer dinner. 8oz pour.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had on tap at Wild Monk, served in a 10 oz. snifter.
A: Pours a mahogany color with a yellowish head forming on the pour. it recedes to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace down the glass.
S: Caramel and crystal malts on the nose with some sweetness and fruitiness. A little pine sap as well. Underlying booziness reminding you that itís %11.
T: The booze comes out much more in the taste than in the nose. The alcohol isnít medicinal, but rather slightly fruity. Not hot at all. It mixes with the fruity hops and pine tree like sap flavors with a heavily sweetened malt profile. Slight bitterness.
M: Light to medium bodied, drinks like DIPA. Medium carbonation with a sweet finish.
O: The really drank like an old, boozy DIPA. I would have liked a heavier body with some more dark fruit flavors to bring it into the barleywine territory. Not bad overall though.
Serving type: on-tap
Theydon_Bois (6517) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at APEX, PDX, 26/05/13.
Clear chestnut brown with a thin light beige head.
Nose is toffee fudge, brown sugars, caramel, dates, figs, hint of booze.
Taste comprises sweet toffee, dark fruits, touch of booze, dates, prunes, dark sugars.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, boozey sweet finish.
Ok BW, alcohol well integrated, solid enough but no world beater.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit of booze underneath brown sugar and a mild citrus and pine character.
pdx77 (945) - Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Apex. Deep, dark golden color. Aroma of candied apricot. Amazing sweet taste, with caramel, apricot, citrus, and a small hop kick. Finishes quite smoothly, with slight bitterness and alcohol note.