WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber via trade with someone that is escaping my mind, and hmm. Honestly I’ve lost my mind because I should know. If you see my rating alert my drunken brain. I was just about to drink a porter and I realized I want a BW. Pours dark dark amber almost no light in but a bit through the head. The head is thing third finger with a tan color. The nose is complex but subtle, with fruit, maltiness, a touch of hops and a bit of candy sugar. The taste is remarkably smooth, sweet and yummy. Wow that is a very very smooth Barley Wine, that I doubt has much age on it. This is a somewhat hopy BW not bad after a DIPA, this is damn nice. Another great one from Southern Tier.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly hazy deep red with a medium off white head. Smells of dark fruits, malts, and a little hops come through as well. A little sweet cinnamon is present too. Taste has some good dark fruits, semi-sweet, with a big malt backbone. The hops come into play a little in the end which had some light brown sugar symptoms too. Lively carbonation, but easy drinking brew. Good.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage bottle and enjoyed in my Great Lakes snifter, mucho thanks Todd!
The beer has a lovely mahogany hue topped by a lasting creamy beige head and left outstanding lace upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of resiny and herbal hops, pepper and clove, hint of grapefruit rine, brown sugar, earthy and leathery yeast esters. NICE
The taste profile starts with a healthy dash of hop bitterness and peppery spice before the midsection displays a syrupy malt and sugar sweetness with an additional undertone of fruit and mineral nuances. The finish is still rough around the edges with a tad too much alcohol bite (more noticed as it warms) but it show plenty of depth to make me believe it will be a keeper for a long time and yet still can be enjoyable in it’s young brash state. The mouth feel is sticky and heavy-bodied with some bite and aggressiveness.
I want more for it is quite yummy. This is worth two bottles, one for now and one for the cellar.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a small off-white head. It has that barleywine aroma: hoppy, malty and slightly citrusy. It has a thick strong palate, very heavy on the tongue. The first sips are very hoppy but as the beer warms it loses its strength of taste and some of its luster.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, transluscent dark amber, mahogany colored body, with barely a head at all. Sugary-sweet aroma, with a full nose of sweet plums, and mild malts and sugar cane. Brightly flavored. Mostly a pleasant earthiness coupled with smooth vanilla notes and lots of strawberries, plums, figs (m favorite!). Quite good, and very easy to drink.
notalush (4588) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear burgundy pour, with a tiny ring of lace - aroma of dark fruits, carmelized brown sugar, chocolate, background herbal hops - a bit of an oily mouthfeel, but a tiny bit thin - burnt grains and a moderate hop flavor up front, followed by notes of black cherry, plums - herbal, tea-like flavors arrive late, coupling with grassy hops and a clean, raw can sugar sweetness - alcohol warmth crops up in the finish, along with lingering cookie/bready malts and carmelized sugar - one of the better high octane beers from this brewery.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Dickinsonbeer. Pretty ruby/amber color with large head. This beer is Big, Rich, and Chewy. Caramel roasted malt flavor with burt bitter finish. Pretty good BW.
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A clear, dark-reddish pour from a bomber bottle with a light tan head. A full malt, slightly sweet flavor. Heavy bodied with a rich mouth feel. The 85 IBU’s barely balance this robust presentation.
EtownEraser (63) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. thanks to Dorwart for this. pours clear dark amber color with soapy off-white head. nose is very sweet and tropical fruity hops, some bread. Strong malt back bone is complimented by a heavy dose of hops. EtOH is well hidden. body is light and mouthfull is thin. Let’s see where this is next year.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Clear ruby amber pour. The aroma was initially metallic with grass, alcohol and fig. As it started to warm I thought I noted hints of plastic. Also, in the flavor, I initially noted plastic, but this eventually dissipated and the flavor grew on me. Hints of caramel and chocolate, some semi-slick syrup sweetness that had dark fruit with alcohol. A bit raw. Medium creamy body. Not bad.