spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got some sweet malt,slight hops and a bit of alcohol in the aroma.Pours a very deep copper with a medium off white head.Malt,hops and alcohol stand out in the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt and alcohol finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2159) - California, USA - APR 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was drinking this with hot sausage, and it was almost a drain pour. The alcoholic heat was magnified. I didn’t base my rating on that though. Reddish brown, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel, floral, various fruits. More or less what you’d expect from an American style BW. Fairly sweet finish with detectable alcohol, but also a fair share of hop bitterness. Overall I thought it was decent but there was too much heat for my liking. It definitely has aging potential though.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to say wasn’t a fan of barley wine but thought I would give this a shot and glad I did. Poured a tea color body and an off white head, a very nice head. smell was bitter raisins, taste was fruity and nice. For as much abv, this was a nice smooth taste.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a thinning off white head and good lacing. Aroma is tropical fruits- passion fruit and mango, citrusy hops, moderate crystal malts, light sweetness, similar to Green Flash, even a bit of alcohol burn on the nose as it warms. More fruity and citrusy hop flavor, with some light floral and herbal hints, light sweet caramel malts, nothing too big, some earth in the end, and a bit more alcohol. Body is medium- not too syrupy or thick. Good easy drinking barleywine.
beastiefan2k (2197) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 10th rater. Twist off cap on this 650ml bomber. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass with a very small head. Looks almost brown colored but when viewed against the light one can see this is an extremely dark ruby red color. Almost complete clarity in the light and absolutely no clarity away from the light. Aroma is hop heavy with lightly citrus-ed pine-y gassiness. Aroma is full and heavy with a spiked feel on the nostrils. Light alcohol hints hidden underneath all those hops. There is enough strong caramel maltiness underneath the hops to offset it. A very young Bigfoot-like feel to it. Taste is similarly hop filled with a similar malt flavors adding a good amount of sweetness and heaviness to the flavor but overall not as heavy as the aroma would indicate. An interplay of sweetness from malt and hops throughout. A medium-strong bitterness intersects the sweetness and finishes with a burnt caramel aftertaste. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more apparent and the sweetness a bit overwhelming. Its a hefty body and slightly under-carbonated, creating for a strong presence on the cheeks. A very nice West Coast barleywine from a nice NYS brewer.
Tasted blind @ Cornboy’s 2nd Annual BW tasting. Don’t know how much stock I put into my own blind tastings but here it goes. Piney hops dominant aroma. Taste starts with pine and ends with slightly empty raisins. 7/3/7/3/15. Pretty close the original rating. Bottle was same batch but about a year old.
Arayaga2 (1710) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 Dark reddish brown with a thin brown head. Aroma is beautiful, floral and hoppy. Taste is same, aggressively hopped and sweet; perhaps even a little grapey. $6/22oz
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours a dark brown with a slight red glow. The head is ever so slight in the tan range. I gathered a good smell of floral hops and some toffee in there. As I began to drank, I noticed that this thing feels thick and syrupy... not a bad thing. The taste was exactly like them smell, with the toffee being up in the foreground while the floral hops didn’t come out until the aftertaste. As I continued drinking, this thing started to have a piney feel to it as well. Not exceptional, but good overall.
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear dark amber, copperish red color with a medium beige head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, cotton candy with a hint of perfume. Taste is syrupy clean and sweet with hints of floral and citrus hops and bubble gum / cotton candy flavor. Still young, perhaps a little cellar time will better this. Still, very good.
swoopjones (4915) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Enjoyed this with Dan from Pizza Plant. Not ususally a big fan of BW’s but this I liked. Syrupy & sweet with a nice hop backbone. Similar to Bigfoot but not as complex. well done
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Deep copper with a medium head. Aroma of flowery hops and caramel. Tastes a little hot; with perfume, grass, brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits. Complex. Heavy body. Alcohol and syrupy texture. Lots of good flavors in this. I’d like to see how it ages.